Baptism

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Procedures for Baptism

In the earlier contents published, we have already shared various information about Baptism. We have covered on importance of Infant Baptism, the presence and effect of Jesus’ blood in Baptism and how it relates to our Salvation, etc.  This time, we hope to share more information about Baptism relating to the procedures involved. These were the instructions recorded in the bible on how we ought to conduct water baptism.

What must a person do in order to receive baptism?

For a person to be baptised, he must first hear the word of salvation, believe with all his heart that Jesus Christ is God and the redeeming saviour – then, he may be baptised (Acts 8:37). Hearing, believing and acceptance are three steps. The Bible records, “Many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptised.” (Acts 18:8).

However, if one understands what he hears and is assured in his belief, he can be baptised right away without having to wait. On Pentecost, about 3,000 people believed and were baptised. The eunuch believed and was baptised on his way (Acts 8:36-38). The night the jailer believed, all his family were also baptised (Acts 16:33). “Truly believing in the Lord” is likened to Lydia, a worshipper of God, who was immediately baptised along with her family (Acts 16:15). Besides acquiring a true and firm faith, it is also proper for believers to examine the bible before they are baptized (Acts 17:11-12). It is also very important to continue to receive the Lord’s teaching and diligently study the truth after baptism (Mt 28:20; 1 Tim 2:4-7; Heb 6:1).

Information about baptism:

Information about baptism #1- Where should water baptisms be performed?

In places where there is flowing water, e.g. rivers, creeks, streams, lakes, and seas. In the New Testament, Jesus was baptised in the Jordan River, while John baptised at Aenon, where there was plenty of water (Jn 3:22-23). The jailer and his family were not baptised at home (Acts 16:33). The eunuch was baptised in the wilderness (Acts 8:36, 39). All these baptisms were conducted in natural flowing waters, not in man-made ponds.

Information about baptism #2-What is the correct way for baptism?

1. Full immersion: Both Jesus and the eunuch were baptised with full immersion. They “came up out of water…” (Mt 3:16; Acts 8:36). When being baptised into Jesus to have the old self buried, we need to be immersed in water. “The waters closed over my head, and I thought I was about to be cut off.” (Lam 3:54) It means being cut off from the old self and the baptised rises with Jesus.

2. Head bowed: When Christ died, he “bowed his head.” (Jn 19:30) Sinners who die with Christ must follow his example (Rom 6:5).
Our sins weigh heavily on us so much so we cannot hold our heads up (Ps 40:12). We dare not look up to heaven (Lk 18:13). We cannot lift our heads, for we are full of shame and drowned in our affliction (Job 10:15). How can a penitent sinner remain stiff-necked while receiving baptism? (Acts 7:51)

Information about baptism #3-How many times can a person be baptised?

There should be only one proper baptism for each person because Jesus died once and by one offering, he had made perfect forever those who are being made holy (Heb 10:14). But unbiblical baptisms have no effect. For example, the believers in Ephesus had only received John’s baptism which was not the baptism of the New Testament church, so they had to be baptised again in the name of Jesus and only this baptism was effective.

Information about baptism #4- What should baptists do?

There should be only one proper baptism for each person because Jesus died once and by one offering, he had made perfect forever those who are being made holy (Heb 10:14). But unbiblical baptisms have no effect. For example, the believers in Ephesus had only received John’s baptism which was not the baptism of the New Testament church, so they had to be baptised again in the name of Jesus and only this baptism was effective.

Information about baptism #5- Ephesians 4:5 records, “One Lord, one faith, one baptism.” Does it not mean only one baptism is allowed for each person?

“One baptism” means “one and the same baptism” It does not mean “once.” Of course, biblical baptism is only once in a life time; Christ died and was buried and rose to life once and for all to accomplish salvation. We are baptised into his death, buried with Him and rose with Him only once. Baptism allows us to be forgiven and born again because of Christ’s death and raising to life. Therefore, when dealing with “baptism,” resurrection is mentioned. For example, Peter said, “…given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Pet 1:3) “…and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also… by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” (1 Pet 3:21) “We… were baptised into his death. We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (Rom 6:3-4) “… having been buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead.” (Col 2:12) The above two disciples related baptism to Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Through Christ’s death and burial, “baptism” could forgive sins and do away with the sinful body. It also enables us to be born again spiritually. Christ’s death and resurrection are the gospel of God’s power, which is preached to all people under heaven. Wherever the gospel is preached, baptism follows. The gospel leads people to believe in Jesus who are baptised into him and saved. This is why we emphasise on baptism which is the beginning of salvation, not its end. After the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, they faced a long, difficult journey in the desert in order to reach Canaan, the land God had promised them. If they sinned against God’s guidance on the way, they would fall in the desert and not be able to enter the promised land.Therefore, after baptism believers must hold on to the faith, make spiritual advancement and follow God’s will until they enter the kingdom of God.

Much have been shared on the information about baptism and sharing the procedures involved is as critical to our salvation. With so many bible references on water baptism we recognised the need to follow what is recorded in the bible in order for our Baptism to have the intended effect.

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