Baptism

Much has been said and written on the subject of BAPTISM and many different ideas have emerged. Let us set aside any preconceived conclusion and allow the Bible to show us what it teaches.

We will look at this important subject under four simple headings:

BAPTISM ...

  • ITS NEED

  • WHAT IT ACHIEVES

  • WHAT FORM IT SHOULD TAKE.

  • AFTER BAPTISM.....WHAT THEN?

1. NEED: Mankind's downfall in the Garden of Eden caused a separation from God. From that beginning, God made a series of promises of ultimate reconciliation, through people like Eve, the Patriarchs, David, and the Prophets of Israel. In keeping with these promises, He sent His Son as the Saviour of mankind........" For God sent not His Son into the world, to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved"...(John 3:17). Earlier in the same chapter, Jesus removes all doubt about BAPTISM BEING ESSENTIAL FOR SALVATION......"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the spirit, HE CANNOT ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD."...(John 3:5). Again Jesus says..."He that believeth and is baptised shall be saved.."...(Mark 16:16)

2. ACHIEVES: Let's look at what BAPTISM ACHIEVES in an individual, expressed in different ways in the Bible.

A.....Spiritual washing......."....the answer of a good conscience toward God."... (1 Pet 3:21).
B.....Remission of Sins......"....repent and be baptised, for the remission of sins." (Acts 2:38)
C.....Saved by water........ "...eight souls (persons) were saved by water."..........(1 Pet 3:20)
D.....Identified with Christ's death, burial and resurrection...................(Rom 6:1-8..Col 2:11-13)
E.....Taken the name of Christ..."For as many of you as have been baptised into Christ, have put on
Christ... and are Abraham's seed....(Gal 3:27)

3. FORM: Because of it's importance, the form of Baptism must follow that required by God, to satisfy the principles already considered. Let's look at the following Scriptures for guidance........

A....."...because there was much water there."...................(John 3:23)
B....."...and they went down both into the water.".............(Acts 8:38)
C....."...and Jesus went up straightway out of the water."..(Math 3:16).

NOTE; The primary meaning of the Greek word, "Baptizo", translated Baptised, is "fully
 wet" The correct FORM being essential, so too is ...BELIEF AND REPENTANCE.

D ....."..repent and be baptised." ..............(Acts 2:38)
E......"..when they believed Philip.....they were baptised.".(Acts 8:12)
F..........Read in detail of the conversion of the Philippian jailor......(Acts 16:30-33)

4. AFTER BAPTISM: Jesus shows quite clearly that baptism was (and is) the beginning of a life of service, promising spiritual, not material, benefits, to all who faithfully follow Him. (Math 19:27) Look at the way the Apostle Paul contrasts the works of the flesh, with "the fruit of the spirit" (Gal 5:16)

5. BAPTISM AND SALVATION: Few people have any real knowledge of what salvation really is, thinking it to be an invitation to an existence in heaven. However, that is not the meaning of salvation at all.... it is salvation from eternal death that is offered in the Bible. The Apostle Paul tells us plainly in Romans 6:23. that the wages of sin (unforgiven wickedness) is death, but "the gift of God is ETERNAL LIFE, through Jesus Christ our Lord".........by being baptised into the name of Jesus.

BAPTISM GIVES US A SECOND CHANCE TO BE RECONCILED TO GOD.
LET'S TAKE IT !                   IT'S FREE!

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