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Immersion Ceremony (Baptism)
The Bible has its roots in Israelite or Jewish practice (and not Greek or Roman practice) so we should call this commanded ritual immersion. It is a symbolic ritual. When a person goes under the water, they are said to be dead to their old person of sin and sinful values. When they rise out of the water, they are said to be risen to a new life; to being a person who will now keep God's commandments. Romans 6:11 NKJV says, "Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord." When we go under the water we leave our worthless ungodly life behind us and are now alive to God in Yeshua Messiah.