Especially with a NEW DOGMA which as Writers on REVIVALS affirm that it Has no connection to Historical Christianity.
The meaning of IS IS what does Scripture say. No one can doubt God's Ability but HE has issued DIRECT COMMANDS and Jesus said that "MY WORDS WILL JUDGE."
Basil the Great (329-379) On Baptism and Grace
For perfection of life the imitation of Christ is necessary, not only in the example of gentleness, lowliness, and long suffering set us in His life, but also of His actual death.
So Paul, the imitator of Christ,
says, "being made CONFORMABLE unto his death;
if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead."
How then are we made in the likeness of His death?
In that we were buried with Him by baptism.
What then is the manner of the burial?
And what is the advantage resulting from the imitation?
First of all, it is necessary that the continuity of the old life be cut.
And this is impossible less a man be born again,
according to the Lord's word;
for the REGENERATION, as indeed the name shews,
is a beginning of a second life. [Born of Water and Spirit]
So before beginning the second, it is necessary to put an end to the first.
For just as in the case of runners who turn and take the second course,
a kind of halt and pause intervenes between the movements in the opposite direction,
so also in making a change in lives it seemed necessary
for death to come as mediator between the two,
ending all that goes before,
and beginning all that comes after.
Why believeth not or the APISTOS are too fearful to believein baptism
How then do we achieve the descent into hell?
By imitating, through baptism, the burial of Christ.
For the bodies of the baptized are, as it were, buried in the water.
Baptism then symbolically signifies the putting off of the works of the flesh;
as the apostle says, ye were "circumcised with the circumcision made without hands,
in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ;
buried with him in baptism."
And there is, as it were, a cleansing of the soul
from the filth that has grown on it from the carnal mind,
as it is written, "
Thou shalt wash [trample me under water] me, and I shall be whiter than snow."
On this account we do not,
as is the fashion of the Jews,
wash ourselves at each defilement,
but own the baptism of SALVATION to be one.
For there the death on behalf of the world is one,
and one the resurrection of the dead,
whereof baptism is a type.
For this cause the Lord,
who is the Dispenser of our life, gave us the COVENANT OF BAPTISM,
containing a type of life and death,
for the water fulfils the image of death,
and the Spirit gives us the earnest of life.
Hence it follows that the answer to our question
why the water was associated with the Spirit is clear:
the reason is because in baptism two ends were proposed;
on the one hand, the destroying of the body of sin, that it may never bear fruit unto death;
on the other hand, our living unto the Spirit, and having our fruit in holiness;
the water receiving the body as in a tomb figures death,
while the Spirit pours in the quickening POWER,
renewing our souls from the deadness of sin unto their original life.
This then is what it is to be born again of water and of the Spirit,
the being made dead being effected in the water,
while our LIFE is wrought in us through the Spirit.
Heb. 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,
having our hearts sprinkled FROM an evil conscience,
and our bodies washed with pure [persons, purify] water.
G3068. louo, loo´-o; a primary verb; to bathe (the whole person; whereas 3538 means to wet a part only, and 4150 to wash, cleanse garments exclusively): — wash.
Basil shows that at some time people were IMMERSED three times.