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JON - One of the children had been reading in Acts and found that the decuples (apostles) and some 120 others were all baptized by John the Baptist, then when Christ selected them, He also baptized them and then gave them the power (of keys) to administer among men. When it was read to me it sound like that. Did this really happen? and if it did, does that mean the John's baptism was one thing and then when Christ baptized them it meant a different thing?
f you are referring to Acts Chapter 1, verse 5 it says:
"For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence." (Acts 1: 5)
This is referring to receiving the Holy Ghost which happened on the day of Pentecost (Acts 1:1-4); not being baptized again with water.
Verse 15 says:
"And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)
Here he is only talking to 120 disciples not baptizing them. I don't see anything in these scriptures that says the 120 were baptized; only that Peter was talking to them.
I also don't see any scriptures that say that Jesus baptized His Apostles. In fact, it is possible that Jesus Himself did not baptize anyone. In John 3: 22 it says:
"After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized."
But then John 4:1-2 seems to clarify this by saying:
“When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples)”
Another perhaps more interesting instance of actual rebaptism shows up later on in Acts 19.
"1. 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,
2. 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.
3. And he (Paul) said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
4. 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.
5. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied."
(Acts 19: 1-6)
John the Baptist said,
"I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: (Matt 3: 11)
The fact that the disciples that Paul found knew nothing about the Holy Ghost (verse 2) is evidence that their baptisms were not performed correctly or by someone without proper authority who did not teach them about Jesus and the Holy Ghost. Paul was now telling these disciples that they now needed to be baptized in the proper way, in the name of Jesus Christ, and so they could receive the Holy Ghost and become members of His kingdom on earth.