“Else what shall they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead? And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour?”– 1 Cor 15:29-30
What shall they do who are dipped by another in the name of Yeshua “for the dead”, if “the dead” rise not at all? Believers are not baptized (dipped) in the name of Yeshua for believers, but for unbelievers. It is a sign for unbelievers. For unbelievers are the dead. For if there be no resurrection from the dead for the dead, what purpose is there to be baptized? Why be baptized if all that awaits the dead is death? For this would contradict what Paul wrote in verse 22, “For as in Adam all die, even so in the Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in His own order” ordained by God. For we were chosen in Him before we had done any evil or good.
So baptism or dipping in the name of Yeshua by a believer is done for the dead. Why then would this dipping occur apart from the dead? It would not! Read all through Acts and you will see dipping in the name of Yeshua performed in public. For water was a public issue in those days. No water lines to building. Clean water was a public resource where people gathered around. Whether it was baptism in Yerushalem or on the trade route between Yerushalem and Mizraim (Egypt) in Gaza water was public.
And dipping in the name of Yeshua is not done for the believer but for the dead, for God as an answer of a good conscience toward Him by the resurrection of Yeshua, ha Mashaich. That we all might say we have been crucified with Him, buried with Him in dipping, and raised to newness of life by the resurrection of Yeshua.
Dipping in the name of Yeshua is a public matter.