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What Does the Bible Say About Water Baptism

Clint De France

2020-03-01

What Does the Bible Teach About Water Baptism?   Who Should Be Baptized?   Answer: Those who hear the gospel message and believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.   “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned[1].” (Mark 16.16)   “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.” (Acts 2.42)   “Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” (Acts 8.36-37)   NOTE: There is no case of infant baptism in the Bible. Infants cannot “receive” a message and “believe” it, thus infants cannot be scripturally baptized.   How Should One Be Baptized?   Answer: By being immersed in water.   “When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.” (Matthew 3.16)   “So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. Now when they came up out of the water…” (Acts 8.38-39)   NOTE: The one being baptized goes “down into the water” and “comes up out of the water.”   “Now John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there. And they came and were baptized.” (John 3.23)   NOTE: It takes “much water,” not a little water, to baptize.   “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism…” (Romans 6.3)   “Buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.” (Colossians 2.12)   NOTE: Baptism is a burial and a resurrection. One goes down under the water and comes back up again. It is impossible to be scripturally baptized if water is simply poured or sprinkled on ones head. Why Should One Be Baptized?   Answer: In order to be saved by having his/her sins forgiven.   “He who believes and is baptized will be saved...” (Mark 16.16)   “Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2.38)   “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins…” (Acts 22.16)   “Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ[2].” (1 Peter 3.21)   NOTE: Baptism, in the New Testament, is always connected with having ones sins forgiven (washed away, put into remission), or being saved. Baptism is an “appeal” or request by faith for a good conscience. It is impossible to be scripturally baptized if one believes he/she was saved before and without baptism. When Should One Be Baptized?   Answer: Immediately after he/she believes the Gospel.   “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.” (Acts 2.41)   “Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” (Acts 8.36)   “And immediately he and all his family were baptized.” (Acts 16.33)   “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” (Acts 22.16)   NOTE:  In the New Testament, one who knew to be baptized was always baptized immediately. No one ever put it off for another time. What Does Scriptural Baptism Do? It Gives the Gift of the Holy Spirit   “Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2.38) It Puts One Into Christ (Adds one to the Church)   “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?” (Romans 6.3)   “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Galatians 3.27) It Gives a New Life   “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.” (Romans 6.4) It Gives a Clean Conscience   “Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ[3].” (1 Peter 3.21) It Brings the Joy of Salvation   “Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing.” (Acts 8.39)   “He and all his family were baptized. Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.” (Acts 16.33-34)   NOTE: In the New Testament, men and women receive the aforementioned blessing ONLY after they have been baptized. If you have not been scripturally baptized, you MUST be in order to be truly saved.   Can We Assist You In Being Scripturally Baptized?     Call anytime, day or night –   [1] Unless otherwise noted, all scripture is from the New King James Version [2] New American Standard Version [3] New American Standard Version

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