Therefore there arose a discussion on the part of John’s disciples with a Jew about purification.
Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each.
“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
and had seen that some of His disciples were eating their bread with impure hands, that is, unwashed.
Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.”
of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment.
since they relate only to food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until a time of reformation.
For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh,
Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,