Why Baptism

Baptism is a very significant and important step in our Christian lives.

  • Baptism does not get me saved, or buy me a Church membership.
  • Baptism is a landmark we lay down to show that, we have been changed by God as a result of faith.
  • Baptism in Water is complete immersion under water.
  • It reveals the old life is dead and buried (under water).
  • It also reveals the hope of the new life is the resurrection.
  • Jesus commanded that we make disciples and baptise “in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit” Matthew 28:19

Washing Rituals

There are a numbers of different baptism’s mentioned in the Bible. Their have always been ceremonial washing rituals in the Jewish faith. Sometimes the new testament uses these to remind believers that their sins have been washed away. Sin can only be washed away by the blood of Jesus of course but, the illustration of washing with water helps us understand how Jesus as cleansed us.

1 John 1:7  “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleans us from all sin.”


Water Baptisms

1: The Baptism of John: John baptized many Jews, calling them to repent (turn away) from religious traditions and fully acknowledge theirs sins and turn away from sin. John was getting people to repent of sin and so was preparing people so that they might simply, believe on the Lord Jesus and be Saved.

Luke 3:2-3 “preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.”

John even said himself that he needed to be baptized into Jesus.

Matthew 3:12-13 “Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be Baptiste by John. But John forbade him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and come thou to me?”

John’s baptism only prepared the way by getting people to repent of their sins, Jesus had no sins so he had no need to be baptized but, he did it as an example to the world that needs repentance.

2: Jesus’ Disciples also began to baptize many. They did this during Jesus life and continued after his death and resurrection. This is the baptism we commonly see in church today referred to as water Baptism.

Luke 4:1-2 “the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples”

This Baptism is the landmark mentioned at the top of the page. Once you are saved, Christ requested a baptism to commemorate this huge event. The physical act of baptism shows the only sign of given to our generations.

Matthew 16;4 “A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.”

Jonah’s sign was the death, being buried under water (whilst inside the wale) and resurrection coming out from the waters alive with words that would save the lives of many. Any Christian that identifies with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ has the sign of Jesus Christ working in and through them, to give and save life. Signs and wonders are signs that follow believers, these signs are to confirm the words they preach. The Death and Resurrection are the sign of Jesus being the Christ and Messiah.  The sign Jesus Christ is Lord is; His death and resurrection.

Mark 16:20 “Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it”

The baptism of Jesus as practised by Jesus disciples was for those that followed the faith. This baptism is into the way of Christ and acts as a sign of the covenant you have entered. It could be compared to a wedding ring, you can get married without any rings but, how would anyone identify that you are married. The same is  true of our faith without baptism. I know no married people that wants their spouse to not have the sign of marriage (The Ring).

Acts 19:3 So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” “John’s baptism,” they replied. Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

One baptism here is a reference to water baptism into death and resurrection of Jesus.

Ephesians 4:5 “One Lord, one faith, one baptism”

Some today might comment about the name you are baptised in, however, this is normally rooted not in Baptismal error but, Non trinitarian beliefs. Often this line of questioning, is a result in over emphasis in Jesus being, the Fathers  the Sons and the Holy Spirits name. Baptisms importance is the death and resurrection proclamation and not the name in which it’s ministered. We baptise in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit as Matthew 28:19 says, but we baptise into Death and Resurrection more importantly, the Sign of Jonah.

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” Jesus words.

3: Jesus never water baptized anyone, Jesus’ baptizes with the Holy Ghost and Fire.

Luke 4:1-2 “the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples”

Matthew 11:3 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

 

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