reality of spiritual baptism, certainly they could receive the sign of water baptism.
The baptism of the Holy Ghost "fell on them" (Acts 10:44) and Peter and the other Jews with him were astonished "because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 10:45). Would Peter not use the baptismal mode in which the sign would most closely signify the reality which took place, i.e., sprinkling or pouring so that water would descend upon its recipients from above?
7. The baptism of Lydia and her household (Acts 16:15) -Again, no mention is made of the method in which Lydia and her household were baptized.
8. The baptism of the Philippian jailor and his household (Acts 16:33) -While no direct reference is made to baptismal mode, the following problems confront the attempt to picture this baptism as one performed by immersion:
Paul and Silas' preaching to the jailor and his household took place after the earthquake at midnight (Acts 16:25-34). To picture Paul, Silas, the jailor, and his family all traveling in the middle of the night to a river or pool to be immersed is difficult. Again, no occurrences of this type are referred to in Scripture. The baptism of the jailor and his household is simply stated between his washing of their stripes in the prison and his feeding of them in his home (Acts 16:33-34).
Scripture states that the jailor listened to their preaching, washed their stripes, and was baptized in "the same hour of the night." To prepare the necessary torches for light and move the entire household to a sufficient pool or river and immerse them in the same hour is again difficult to imagine. The word "straightway" (in Greek "parachrema"
meaning "instantly" or "immediately") lends further weight to this matter: "and was baptized, he and all his, straightway" (instantly or immediately, Acts 16:33b).
9. The baptism of Crispus, his household and many Corinthians (Acts 18:8) -No mention is made regarding the mode of their baptism.
And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.
And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing, believed, and were baptized.
And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
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.
When they heard this, they were baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus.
I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
And I baptized also the household of Stephanas; besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.