I don't want to pick at your words.
That's commendable, and scriptural I might add.
Isaiah 29:21...Reads~ "That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought."
But you asked why Paul re-baptized some of John's disciples. My answer simply is that Jesus commanded it so. We have enough verses to verify that for sure.
Would you please supply those scriptures proving that. Actually the answer is in the context of Acts 19:1-6,
particularly Acts 19:2-4 which reads:
"He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus."
Herein is the main place in the NT where we see expressly what separated John's baptism from all baptisms after Pentecost. These twelve believers at Ephesus were baptized according to John the Baptist baptism which WAS a proper method, both by immersion and proof of repentance
, yet their baptism had taken place after Pentecost
, which the promise of the Spirit was added
as a gift to those who were baptized from Pentecost until this very day. They were indeed baptized properly, yet had never heard of the promise of the Spirit, they were void of so much as hearing if there was any Spirit. Them being baptized by Paul added nothing to their eternal salvation which was secured by Christ alone, yet it did added KNOWLEDGE, and available POWER that they did not know they had at their finger tips!
But for you to say it made the baptism of repentance invalid
I did not say that it was invalid as far as the method and the reason why one is baptized
, for again, John DID baptized the baptism of REPENTANCE, and Paul agree with that, only these men were baptized after Pentecost
which means that all baptisms after Pentecost
are done with much more light and added reasons, namely we are now baptized INTO JESUS CHRIST
, which John's baptism did not have, since Christ had not died and rose again, being highly exalted to God's right hand of power. No one before
Christ's death and resurrection was baptized for the same reasons as we are
, and receiving the same gift of the Spirit as we have. I say we are baptized into Jesus Christ, which I mean that we are baptized into the religion/faith of Jesus Christ who is both Lord and King of believers. Our religion is not the religion of Islam, Mormonism, and a thousands other religions in Mystery Babylon, but ours is solely based upon the life, death and resurrection of the Son of the Living God. And all of God's children said AMEN. After forty one years
in the true faith sanction by the God of Heaven.