By Cornelius R. Stam
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Acts 17:1-9 MANY GREEKS BELIEVE Departing from Philippi, Paul and Silas made their way along the great Roman road to the west, arriving at Thessalonica, now known as Salonica, situated on the Aegean Sea about one hundred miles distant. They did not stop to evangelize Amphipolis and Apollonia, two cities along the way, doubtless concluding that the former could be reached through Philippi and the latter 41 through Thessalonica, a populous center from which the gospel might be widely proclaimed.
Such are the foundations upon which the doctrine of household baptism has been built. But this passage gives no better support to the immersionists as far as the mode of baptism is concerned. There is no indication that there was enough water in the prison to submerge people in. Nor is it probable that there would be. Nor is there any indication whatever that they were immersed. They doubtless had water sprinkled or poured upon them in the same place where Paul and Silas had their stripes washed and certainly in "the same hour of the night" (Ver.
Yet able men of God, like Albert Barnes, will say: "The whole narrative would lead us to suppose that as soon as the jailor believed he and all his family were baptized .... The Baptism appears to have been performed on account of the faith of the head of the family"! (Barnes on the New Testament, at Acts 16:34. Italics ours). Such are the foundations upon which the doctrine of household baptism has been built. But this passage gives no better support to the immersionists as far as the mode of baptism is concerned.