BAPTISM

 

 

 

If you haven’t looked at the lesson about repentance I encourage you to look at it in conjunction with this lesson. Repentance is a requirement for one to be baptized. The Bible doctrine of repentance must be worked out before King Jesus can enter in.  He desires a road that is free from the debris of sin and iniquity.  In addition to repentance, each of us must also be born of the water and the Spirit as given to us by Jesus in John 3:5.  This lesson will look at the teaching of baptism in the scriptures.  So, let’s get started!

 

Water Baptism

 

In many places Jesus taught the importance of water baptism.  He taught us that it is essential to entering into the kingdom of God.

 

John 3:5 (KJV) Jesus answered, 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.

 

The Greek word for water is: (oho-dat-os) which means simply water or H2O.  This does not mean or imply the water that is present at natural birth and to emphasize this, Jesus was himself baptized.

 

Matthew 3:13-17 (KJV) Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. [14] But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? [15] And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. [16] And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: [17] And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

 

Something happened when he was baptized.  There was a heavenly confirmation of his mission and calling.  Some surmise that this was the presence of the “Trinity”.  This is contrary to what Jesus said.

 

John 5:37 (KJV) And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.

 

If Jesus saw the need to be baptized, then we should also see the need to obey the word and be baptized. 

 

Remission of Sins

 

Baptism must be a part of our born again experience.  Without it we cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven.  However, bringing us into the kingdom is not all that baptism does.  Baptism brings with it a deep and profound change.  This change is referred to as the remission of sins.  Jesus taught remission of sins in his name. 

 

Luke 24:47 (KJV) And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

 

The original Greek word for remission is: (af-es-is) which means freedom; pardon-deliverance, forgiveness or liberty.  Because of our sinful nature each of us need this pardon from sin.  The apostle Peter preached that remission of sins comes when we are baptized.

 

Acts 2:38 (KJV) 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 ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

 

In baptism the old life is buried with Christ and then we can rise to walk in a newness of life.  In addition to this, the apostle Paul wrote that we are buried with him by baptism.

 

Romans 6:3-4 (KJV) Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? [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 also should walk in newness of life.

 

When something dies it needs to be buried.  We die in repentance to our self will and surrender to God.  Once dead, we must be buried in the watery grave of baptism.  Baptism is not only a putting off of the past sins, but it is a putting on of Christ.

 

Galatians 3:27 (KJV) For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

 

In baptism we take on his name and his blood is applied to the door of our lives.  The old past is forgotten and God sees a great and exciting future ahead!  Do you have an exciting future ahead?  You can in Jesus Christ!

 

In The Name Of Jesus

 

Baptism is a Biblical doctrine that was taught by Jesus and his disciples.  Let’s look at the way it is to be done according to their words.  According to the scriptures, baptism must be administered in the name of Jesus.  Jesus taught that remission of sins (baptism) should be preached in his name.

 

Luke 24:47 (KJV) And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

 

He commanded that baptism was to be administered in the name.

 

Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: [20] Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

According to this scripture it is to be done in the name of the father, son and Holy Ghost.  Of course, it is easy to understand that father, son and Holy Ghost are not names but titles.  Jesus said it was the name that is important.  The father is revealed in Isaiah 9:6.

 

Isaiah 9:6 (KJV) For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

 

Here, the son would be called the everlasting father.  Also, we know that the name of the son is Jesus!

 

Matthew 1:21 (KJV) And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

 

The Holy Ghost comes in the name of Jesus.

 

John 14:26 (KJV) But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

 

The name that is synonymous with these three titles is of course Jesus.  We easily see that baptism must be administered in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.  (Note: there is not one place in the Bible where anyone was baptized in the titles of father, son, and Holy Ghost.  Baptism was always done in the name of Jesus Christ.)  The disciples of Jesus also preached baptism in the name of Jesus Christ.  Titles cannot save.  There is only one name given to us that salvation comes by.

 

Acts 4:12 (KJV) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

 

I have listed the places where baptism was administered.  In each case it was done in the name of Jesus Christ.  Have you been baptized in his name?

 

Acts 2:38 (KJV) 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 ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

 

Acts 8:16 (KJV) (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)

 

Acts 10:48 (KJV) And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

 

Acts 19:5 (KJV) When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

 

Acts 22:16 (KJV) And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

 

Conclusion

 

The disciples of Jesus were excited about his message.  Everywhere they went they baptized (immersed) believers in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.  The word of God has not changed.  Examine yourself to see if you have been baptized in his name or not.  If you need to take care of this important part of being born again please contact us and we will be happy to help you.  If you have any comments I would love to hear from you just click here .  Thanks for going through this lesson with me and I pray that God will bless you greatly as you do his will.

 

Sincerely

 

Greg Wirths

 

Focus on Freedom

 

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2 Responses to BAPTISM

  1. Pastor DBCulp says:

    GREAT site keep up Spreading the GOOD news

  2. Your studies are awesome and great tools when sitting down with new babes in Christ. You also have great stuff for those of us who want to dig deeper in the Word and develop a deeper understanding. With your kind permission I would love to add a link for your site on our church’s website because I know it will bless each one of our members and our visitors from the web!
    Thank you so much!
    Bro John Brown Jr
    Webmaster
    http://abundantlifeapostolicchurch.org

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