Baptism in Water – by Ps John Iuliano

WE BELIEVE that baptism, by single immersion, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, is enjoined upon all who have repented and have believed in Christ as Saviour and Lord, and that it is symbolic of our identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection – Matt. 28:19,20; Acts. 10:47,28; 2:38,39; Rom. 6:4,5; Col. 2:12; Mark 16:16.

Introduction

An ordinance is an outward sign of an inward work. The word ordinance literally means “something commanded and enforced by the proper authority”. We believe that Jesus established two ordinances for us to observe (ie) Water Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. This lesson will cover Water Baptism, the next lesson will cover the Lord’s Supper.

Definition:

1. Baptism =(Greek) Baptizo = to immerse. It consists of the processes of submersion and emergence.
2. “It was used among the Greeks to signify the dying of a garment, or the drawing of water by dipping a vessel into another, etc.” (W. E. Vine).
3. Baptism can best be interpreted as being immersed in water. Sprinkling, wetting, splashing does not fully convey the meaning of baptism.

I. IT IS A COMMAND OF CHRIST.

1. Matt 28:19, “Jesus commanded His disciples to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

2. John 14:23, “If anyone loves me. He will keep My Words.”

3. John 14:24, “He who does not love Me does not keep My words”.

4. Mark 16:16 Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptised will be saved.”

II. THE MEANING OF CHRISTIAN BAPTISM.

1. A sign of the death of our old nature.
Romans 6:3,6, “Do you not know that as many of us as were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into His death? … knowing this that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.”

2. A sign of our new birth.
Romans 6:4, “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

3. A sign of identification with the death of Christ.
Romans 6:3, “Do you not know that as many of us as were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into His death?”

4. A sign of identification with the resurrection of Christ
Romans 6:5, “For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.”

5. A sign of belonging to Jesus Christ.
a. In the Old Testament circumcision of the flesh was the sign of separation unto God.
b. In the New Testament baptism has taken over from Old Testament circumcision and is a sign that we belong to God. Col 2:11-12, “In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands buried with Him in baptism”.

III. THE NEW TESTAMENT PRECEDENT

1. Jesus was baptised in the river Jordan, Matt 3:13-15.

2.On the day of Pentecost 3000 were baptised, Acts 2:41.

3. The Samaritans that believed were baptised, Acts 8:12.

4. The Ethiopian eunuch was baptised by Philip, Acts 8:38.

5. Paul was baptised three days after his Damascus Road experience, Acts 9:18.

6. Cornelius and his household were commanded to be baptised, Acts 10:47.

7. Lydia and her household were baptised, Acts 16:15.

8. The Philippian gaoler and his household were baptised, Acts 16:33.

9. Many Corinthians were baptised, Acts 18:8.

10.The Ephesian disciples were baptised, Acts 19:5.

IV. WHEN TO BE BAPTISED.

1. After Salvation.

1. Matt 28:19 – “Make disciples then baptise them”.
2. Mark 16:16 – “He who believes and is baptised.”
3. Acts 2:36 – What we must do: first repent, second be baptised.

2. No definite time period.

1. On the day of Pentecost, they were baptised the same day, Acts 2:41.
2. Paul was baptised three days after his Damascus Road experience, Acts 9:9,18.

3. If a person is old enough to realise he/she is a sinner, then they are old enough to be baptised.
They must first of all be able to repent and place faith in Christ.

4. If a person was baptised before they were born again, should they get baptised again? YES.

1. One cannot be baptised before salvation. They can of course get sprinkled, wet, soaked, immersed, but it is not Christian baptism.
2. Christian baptism can only occur after salvation. It has no real significance to the individual unless they are saved.

5. If a person is baptised as a baby, should they get baptised again? YES.

1. There is not one Scripture supporting infant baptism.
2. A baby doesn’t have the ability to repent and place faith in Christ.
3. When a person can repent and place faith in Christ then they are at an age where baptism is significant. Before this point it is only a ritualistic ceremony.

Conclusion

What is abundantly clear from this lesson is that baptism is not an optional extra but a definite command for all born again Christians. The Bible leaves no choice to the sincere person. If you haven’t been baptised then please see your pastor and arrange to get baptised as soon as possible.

For the genuine Christian, baptism is a glorious event that witnesses to the world and to the church that they are no longer in the Kingdom of darkness but in the Kingdom of God. It declares that the believer has died to their old nature and is alive to their new nature in Christ. It makes a bold declaration to all that they now BELONG TO JESUS.

What do YOU think?

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  1. stevehenry says:

    many teach that water baptism has no part whatever in the new birth.jesus told nicodemus in john 3:1-7,nicodemus you must be born again or except a man be born again,he cannot see the kingdom of god.nicodemus said to jesus,how can a man be born when he is old?can he enter the second time into his mothers womb,and be born.jesus said to nicodemus,verily,verily,i say unto thee,except a man be born of water and of the spirit,he cannot enter into the kingdom of god.many teach that to be born of water is the natural birth.john 3:4 nicodemus said to jesus,how can a man be born when he is old,can he enter the second time into his mothers womb,and be born.however,jesus did not say to,nicodemus,except a baby be born of water and a man be born of the spirit.jesus said except a man be born of water and of the spirit,he cannot enter into the kingdom of god.people who teach being born of water is being born into the world,a natural birth,are incorrect.you must be baptized in water in order to be born of water,and you must be baptized in the holy ghost in order to be born of the spirit.by these two elements of this one new birth,he becomes a child,of god.marvel not that i said unto thee,ye must be born again.feel free to comment on what i said.thanks steve

    • Timothy Luke says:

      Hi Steve, When speaking of water baptism, Romans chapter six gives a clear illustration of what immersion pictures… the death of the old man and the raising up of the spiritually renewed son or daughter of God. Sprinkling just doesn’t have the same symbolism. Like many other things, such as abortion, any possible exceptions to the rule are used to destroy the rule itself. The Ethiopian eunuch saw a body of water and said, “what prevents us from baptizing me?” Philip. They went down to the body of water, and they came up out of it. Pretty simple. This is an outward token to an inward response.

      Steve, why not take a moment to register with the site so your posts do not have to wait in a queue before being posted? Have a blessed day!

      Blessings and Peace,
      Timothy

  2. 1st Peter 3:21
    Mark 16:16 Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptised will be saved.”
    From the two verses above is it true to say thet baptism equal to salvation?
    If so, then howelse does one get baptized after salvation?
    And if you were baptised after salvation, do you have to be baptized again? Thanks and somebody pliz answer with scriptural backing. ([email protected])
    SHALOM

    • skinnyboy71 says:

      Baptism is just symbolic of you being cleansed of your sin and dedicating your life to God. Your heart is what is important. Take a look at these verses–“39 …And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:39-43. What? This man is going to be with Jesus in paradise? He wasnt baptised nor could he be(since he was nailed to a cross). And yet Jesus said he would be with Him in paradise.

      Here is another verse– “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24). This verse doesnt mention baptism at all. It just says if you believe in him who sent me you have eternal life. So you have to realize you cant just pick one verse out and interpret it. You have to interpret scripture with scripture.

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