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Water baptism

Vagn Rasmussen

 

Water baptism.

 

Jesus said: John 3:5. Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a man is born of WATER and of the SPIRIT, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

 

The baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Mark 1:9 and it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan,

Every believer is called to follow after Jesus Christ. Jesus is our great example. As Disciples of Christ, we need to follow Him even in water baptism and in the same manner, which is full immersion. Jesus was baptized in a place of the Jordan River where there was "much water"

 

Jesus commanded the disciples (and all believers after them) to do the same thing:

Mark 16:15-16 and He said unto them, go yea into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature, v16. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believes not shall be damned. V17 and these signs shall follow them that believe, in my name shall they cast out devils, they shall speak with new tongues…..

 

Baptism on the day of Pentecost:

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 you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

 

Conversion must take place before Water baptism. The sins of the candidate must be confessed and forgiven before the act of water baptism.

 

Water baptism is not for salvation but a covenant of good conscience. 1.Peter 3:21 the rebirth happens through repentance, not through immersion.

Being "born again" is a spiritual act of God, not a physical act of man.

Examples of baptism in the bible:

Baptism of the Eunuch. Acts 8:38-39. and he commanded the chariot to stand still and they went down both into the water both Philip and the Eunuch, and he baptized him, v39. And when they were come up, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more, and he went on his way rejoicing.

Lydia’s house. Acts 16:14-15.

The keeper of the prison. Acts 16:25-33 verse 33 especially

The house of Cornelio. Acts 10:47.

 

Exhortation and teaching on the baptism:

In the baptism the old life, the flesh is buried. Waterbaptism is a symbolic act of burial and resurrection.

Colossians 2:12 buried with Him in baptism, wherein also you are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, who has raised Him from the dead.

Romans 6:4. 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 should walk in newness of life.

 

Baptism is not the cleansing of the body but a covenant of a good conscience toward God.

1. Peter 3:21. …whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 

Baptism is to be received only one time.

Ephesians 4:5. One Lord, one faith, ONE BAPTISM…..

The baptism shall not be confirmed, say a special celebration, or confirmation feast.

Water sprinkling of infants cannot be accepted as a biblical baptism.

 

Why being baptized?

Jesus clearly commanded us to baptize the born again believers.

Mathew 28:19-20. Go yea therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, verse 20. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you…….

 

 

When being baptized?

As soon as the candidate truly is borne again and saved and is confessing Jesus Christ as Lord, he can be baptized. In the book of acts, we find that people were baptized immediately after their salvation.

Read also:

Acts 8: 36-37 …about the eunuch of Ethiopia

Acts 10: 47-48… Cornelio

Acts 16: 33 … the prison keeper in Macedonia.

A person to be baptized must have a personal faith in Jesus Christ as Son of God and truly be his Savior and Lord. This is a baptism for believers only. For this reason infants and small children should not be baptized, as they have neither the need nor the ability to believe.

The Bible is not claiming certain maturity or a certain time of trial to be conditional.

 

How to be baptized?

After the true biblical baptism the candidates are fully immersed. Baptism could take place in the open air in a place with sufficient water. Some churches have a special basin holding enough water for full immersion.

Some churches supply a white robe that the candidates are wearing during the ceremony of baptism. A special baptism robe is not obligatory. The whole Church is partaking and the ceremony is a day of feast.

Those who are baptized are now welcomed as new church members added unto the church.

Normally it is the pastor or maybe one of the elders that are baptizing.

The pastor or some leading elders are teaching the candidates previous to the baptism ceremony on the subject of Baptism.

How to baptize:

After the candidate has confessed his/hers faith in Jesus Christ, he or she will go into the water together with the one who is baptizing. After a short prayer for the candidate the one who baptizes will say:" I baptize you …………(the name of the candidate) on your own believe and on your own confession, I baptize you to Christ Jesus, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

 

Notice, the candidates are not baptized to an organization, they are not baptized IN the name of Jesus Christ. The ritual is: I baptize you TO Christ Jesus, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

 

 

Afterwards the newly baptized is prayed for and welcomed into the congregation as true members.

The church should issue a document, a written evidence, that the candidate now has received biblical baptism.

 

In the ancient church, children were not baptized. The first two – three centuries after Christ some churches began to baptize some children and with full immersion in cold water. Slowly churches began to practice water sprinkling. Finally the Roman church ended up in baptizing all children. The Lutheran church and many evangelical churches followed the same practice. Membership and salvation were now included in the baptism. Conversion was no more necessary to be member of the Church..

 

Baptism should be administered without charge.