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BIBLE STUDY - WATER BAPTISM.
baptism symbolizes the death, burial and ressurection of Jesus. Water baptism or
immersion by single immersion in water can be seen very clearly connected to the
death, burial and ressurection of Jesus Christ, in the Bible. Romans 6:3,4
‘Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were
baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:
that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even
so we also should walk in newness of life’. Colossians 2:12, ‘Buried with
him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the
operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead’.
Himself was baptized, Matthew 3:13 - 17; Mark 1:9 - 11; Luke 3:21 - 22 etc.
There are some promises attached to the baptism commandment. Acts 2:38, ‘Then
Peter said unto them; Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of
Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the
Holy Ghost.’ Water baptism is a step of obedience; 1 Peter 3:21, ‘The like
figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us not the putting away of the
filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God, by the
resurrection of Jesus Christ.’
is exclusively for those that accepted Jesus Christ as personal saviour. Those
that is able to believe in Jesus Christ. Mark 16:16, ‘And he said unto them,
Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that
believeth and is baptised shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be
damned.’ Note that a person has to be able to believe first. A new
“Afrikaans” Bible change the wording to; ‘he that is baptised and
believe’ to suite their doctrine. Imagine all the other distortions in that
have been looking at ‘water baptism’ in the Bible for more than 40 years.
There are hundreds of ideas and books on water baptism. We will be looking at
some technical ideas on water baptism in the next study. Water baptism is one of
the sacraments of Jesus. What is a sacrament? A sacrament is something that
Jesus introduced. It is something that the followers of Jesus must submit to,
word "baptidzo", or baptize,
meant immersion and never means to sprinkle or pour. There is no example in any
Greek literature through many ages where the word has lost its original meaning,
or where it means a partial application of water by sprinkling or pouring. Every
passage where the word is used in the New Testament either requires or allows
the meaning of immerse.
mode of baptism is by single immersion in water. Why to immerse once only? Jesus
was not buried three times, He was not put in the grave and then taken out and
put back and taken out again and put back and raised from the dead. Most of the
churches that practice 3 three times immersion or sprinkling has build a
baptismal doctrine on Matthew 28:19. We also do not baptise in the names
of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit but the name.
went down into the river for He went straightway out of the water. Philip and
the eunuch went down both into the water and came up out of the water. John
churches teach that there is no remission of sin if you are not baptised, in
other words you will not go to Heaven if you are not baptised. No intelligent
person can believe this. Such a theory takes salvation out of the hands of
Christ and places it in the hands of other mediators between God and man, the
administrators of water baptism. This makes the work of Christ of no avail until
some man performs the water baptism. In other words, the work of Christ cannot
save the soul until that person is baptised.
must understand that baptism will not keep us out of Heaven but disobedience can
prevent us from making the rapture of the Church. In other words we do not have
to be baptised to go to Heaven but if we understand baptism or the Holy Spirit
deals with us that we must be baptised then we must be baptised.
Baptism is an important issue, but it’s something we either do, or submit to,
thus it can be twisted into an act of self - righteousness, rather than the
symbol it’s suppose to be. Carnal minded, or natural thinking people want to
have a hand of control in their salvation, or they want to be the special of the
special, to have something none of the rest of us have, to be elevated above the
rest of the body of Christ, often they take something to make it appear as if
they are the only ones doing it right. The right “Name”, the right
“place”, the “right” water, the “right” method, making it more than
it is, which is very dangerous. When we take anything God has given us, then
elevate it’s importance, or it’s capability above what God has, we just
turned the thing of God into an idol. Traditions begin as “good ideas” by
someone who really didn’t place a great deal of importance on the tradition,
but the next generation does, as they make it doctrine. One element evident in
water baptism is how it’s conducted by the members of the body of Christ, yet
the only requirement for the candidate is to believe. Unless the requirement is
satisfied, it wasn’t a baptism. The water can be pure Jordan water, or salt
water, or running water, or dish water, the method can be exactly as John used,
the perfect pronunciation of the name in the original language, yet if the
candidate cannot profess a belief, it’s all for nothing.
baptism for the believer is an act of obedience that in Scripture was always
done as a response to realizing and accepting what Jesus Christ did for him/her
on the cross. Going down in the water is symbolic of being buried with Christ in
His death and coming out of the water is symbolic of being raised up with Christ
in newness of life.
a person be re - baptised?
if you were not a believing Christian when you were baptised, then you should.
Paul re - baptised Ephesians believers, showing that a dead ritual is not
sufficient, it must be in faith, see Acts 19:4 - 5. If after prayer and study,
you do not feel in your heart, that your water baptism was an actual fulfilment
of the principles taught in scripture, then you may be rebaptised.
is no support for infant - baptism in any Scripture and there is no case where
infants were baptised. No passage even implies such a practice. The Bible
demands faith and repentance as necessary before baptism and this, no child can
do until he/she is old enough to understand sin and what to do to be saved.
However, we will not argue with those that think sprinkling a baby is water
baptism. If you go in on what else they believe you can only pray for their
blindness. Martin Luther
seemed to believe that God is going to send infants to Hell unless they are
ceremoniously sprinkled. I wonder also what Luther, or the Catholic Church would
say with regard to unborn babies who die as a result of abortion/murder or
through miscarriage. Are these going to Hell because they were not yet
is not in place of circumcision.
churches claim that sprinkling babies or baptism came in stead of circumcision,
Paul writes to the Galatians in chapter 5:2 - 4, "Indeed I, Paul, say to
you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing".
was more than one water baptism in the New Testament.
also read in the New Testament that there was more than one type of water
baptism. There was the baptism of John the Baptist; Matthew.
3:11, “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.” Luke 7:29; Acts 19:1 -
6, "John indeed baptised with a baptism of repentance, saying to people
that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ
Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus
Christ". So we read that they were baptised again.
Take note that
have the baptism of John, unto repentance and that of the believer; in the name
of Christ, unto the forgiveness of sin by the death, burial and ressurection of
baptism is for those who have acknowledged their sins and their need of Christ's
salvation, and who are willing to repent - change their ways and follow the
Lord, Matthew. 3:6-8; Acts 22:16; Romans 10:9-13. In other words it is for those
who are sorry for their sins and have agreed with God that they should change
their ways and ask for His help in doing so. And just as important, they have
acknowledged that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died for them on
the cross; to pay the price of their forgiveness, so that they may be forgiven
and receive the gift of eternal life.
ago God open my understanding to see what Paul explained in Romans 7:1 - 4
"Or do you not know, brethren that the law has dominion over a man
as long as he lives? For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her
husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the
law of her husband. So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another
man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from
that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another
man". So we see that we have to be dead for the world to belong to someone
else, Christ Jesus.
baptism is an outward sign to the world that someone is publicly declaring their
faith in the Lord. Going down into the water is symbolic of our old nature being
"buried" with Him in His baptism of death, Romans 6:3-11; Luke 12:50;
Mark 10:36-40, ‘and coming up out of the water is symbolic of our being raised
with Him in order that we might live a new life that is pleasing to God’.
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