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Scriptural Baptism

Scriptural Baptism

"And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." Revelation 1:5-6 (KJV)

Scriptural Baptism

"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:"

Once a person has been drawn by God and come to the realization that he or she is spiritually dead in sin ("sinner" or "lost") and in need of a Savior from eternal damnation in Hell, repents of his or her sins, and believes that Jesus Christ is the only begotten son of God that has died for our sins and arose the third day and accepts Him as their Saviour, they should then seek scriptural baptism.

Romans 6:1-23 (KJV) Explains the spiritual correlation between Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection to man's death (sin), burial (baptism), and resurrection (new life in the righteousness of Christ):

"What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 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. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Baptizo (in the original Greek of the New Testament) = "to immerse"

Total Emersion = buried (NOT sprinkling) See the highlighted section above in Romans 6; See also Colossians 2:12 (KJV) "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." In Matthew 3:16 (KJV), John the Baptist baptized Jesus and the scripture says, "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water..." He had to be IN the water to come out of it and no greater proof is there AGAINST "sprinkling" for baptism than Jesus' own baptism.

Sprinkling This is a ceremony primarily practiced within Catholicism. We DO NOT believe in sprinkling for baptism because sprinkling does not represent a total burial of the old man and the resurrection of the new man. (John 3:23 KJV) "And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized."

John the Baptist was a prophet that baptized Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17 KJV). Jesus testified, "For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he." Luke 7:28 (KJV)

What is the difference between John the Baptist's baptisms and Jesus' baptisms? John the Baptist stated, "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:" Matthew 3:11 (KJV)

Authority is passed from God (Father) to Jesus (Son) and is given to the Disciples and to the Church

  • Jesus gave his disciples the Great Commission in Matthew 28:16-20 (KJV): "Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
  • Also, in Luke 24:33-53 (KJV), the same account is recorded and Jesus' gives the disciples instructions to: (verse 49) "... tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high..."
  • This authority and power was then passed to the "disciples" on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2 (KJV): (verse 4) "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost..."
  • Acts 2:38-47 (KJV) Peter preached the Gospel of Christ and about 3,000 souls repented, believed upon Christ, and were baptized. (Verse 47) "And the Lord added to the church daily..."
  • By scipture (1 Corinthians 14:40 KJV) and church tradition (2 Thessalonians 2:15 KJV), the church has the authority to anoint ministers ("bishops") to preach and baptize proper candidates for baptism (those professing faith in and acceptance of Christ as his or her Saviour).

Infant Baptism This is a ceremony primarily practiced within Catholicism. We DO NOT believe in infant baptism because 1) an infant has no knowledge of right or wrong (sin) or heard the Word of God to be called by God to the realization (age of accountability) that he or she is lost and in need of a Saviour and 2) salvation comes by God's grace through our faith in Him...NOT baptism.

Baptistry vs. Natural water source (lake, river, etc.) Many individuals and churches have debated and/or split over this issue. In ALL things, if one seeks to keep in line with the examples given in the scripture and by Jesus himself, then assurance is given that God's will has been done. It is not the water source or location (though it should be a scripturally respectable place), rather, it is the purpose within the heart of the individual. In this respect, baptism in a natural water source is preferred; if a natural source location is unavailable or circumstances (i.e. disabled person) are unfavorable, a form of baptistry maybe suitable. Again, it is an "answer of a good conscience toward God," not the preference of baptistry v. natural water source. If you want a Biblical example of what we are to do, read Mark 1:4-5 (KJV): "John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. And there went out unto him all the land of Judea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins."

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