Baptism, WHO, WHY and HOW?
One of the most troublesome subjects in the religious world is that of baptism. It has become the battling ground for theologians. On this subject, the uninformed have become so-called authorities. When baptism is discussed, feelings are hurt, emotions are stirred, hard feelings arise, gratitude is developed and honest souls are saved.
A multiplicity of concepts, theories and speculations have developed, but let me stress this imperishable truth that BAPTISM IS A COMMAND. In Matthew 28:19 the resurrected Christ said, “GO YE THEREFORE, AND TEACH ALL NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.” Read Acts 10:48! However, it is the most hated command that ever fell from the lips of our blessed Lord. But in spite of this hate, the command must be obeyed. (2 John 9-11).
WHO IS TO BE BAPTIZED? Every man who complies with the teaching of the Lord should be baptized. In Matthew 28:19, The Prince of Peace states that the TAUGHT should be baptized. In Mark 16:16, Jesus tells us that BELIEVERS should be baptized, and in Luke 13:3, He positively states that REPENTANCE must be done. And finally, one must CONFESS Christ to be the Son of God. (Acts 8:36, Romans 10:10) Only when one has met these conditions is he thus a proper subject for baptism. PLEASE OBSERVE THAT INFANTS CANNOT BE TAUGHT THE GOSPEL, NOR BELIEVE IT; THEREFORE THEY SHOULD NOT BE BAPTIZED. Baptism is for the unsaved, and not because you have already been saved. (Acts 22:16)
WHY BE BAPTIZED? Baptism is a necessary condition for the forgiveness of sin. IT IS AN INDISPENSABLE PREREQUISITE TO SALVATION. So many people are baptized without knowing why they were baptized. We are baptized to be saved (Mark 16:16, I Peter 3:21); to enter Christ’s body, the church (1 Corinthians 12:13); and to wear Christ’s name (1 Corinthians 1:12,13). The apostle Peter tells us that BAPTISM SAVES. (1 Peter 3:21) How can any God-fearing man say with this verse facing him that baptism is not essential to salvation? The Son of God said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. “BELIEF + BAPTISM = SALVATION”
HOW IS ONE BAPTIZED? Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:5 that there is one baptism. Since there is only ONE SCRIPTURAL BAPTISM, I raise the question, “WHICH ONE?” Is it sprinkling, pouring or immersion? One only needs to check the Bible requirements of baptism to see definite ACTION involved. Sprinkling and pouring do not fit the Bible description and requirement of baptism.
Both are without Divine authority or approval. There is no Bible example of sprinkling or pouring water for baptism in the New Testament. THE ONE BAPTISM OF THE BIBLE IS IMMERSION. My friends, have you been baptized the way the Bible says? IF NOT, WHY NOT? WHY NOT HAVE THE COURAGE TO OBEY WHAT JESUS SAYS?