Now there were six waterpots of stone set there after the Jews’ manner of purifying, containing two or three firkins apiece.
I indeed baptize you in 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 in the Holy Spirit and in fire:
1 Peter 3 21
which also after a true likeness doth now save you, even baptism, not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the interrogation of a good conscience toward God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ;
of the teaching of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling them that have been defiled, sanctify unto the cleanness of the flesh:how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish unto God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
being only( with meats and drinks and divers washings) carnal ordinances, imposed until a time of reformation.
and had seen that some of his disciples ate their bread with defiled, that is, unwashen, hands.( For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands diligently, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders;and when they come from the marketplace, except they bathe themselves, they eat not; and many other things there are, which they have received to hold, washings of cups, and pots, and brasen vessels.)And the Pharisees and the scribes ask him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with defiled hands?
It was necessary therefore that the copies of the things in the heavens should be cleansed with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
Ye leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men.