A Christian has to be like Christ. Christ was baptized, and as Christians, we have to be baptized also.
Mat 3:13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
Mat 3:14 But John forbade him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
Mat 3:15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
Mat 3:16 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:
Mat 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Luk 3:21 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,
Luk 3:22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
The words baptize, baptized, and baptizing in the New Testament are Strong’s #907, baptizo bap-tid’-zo from a derivative of 911; to immerse, submerge; to make whelmed (i.e. fully wet); used only (in the New Testament) of ceremonial ablution, especially (technically) of the ordinance of Christian baptism:–Baptist, baptize, wash.
Whelmed means “to cover with water, to submerge.” When someone is being baptized, that person must be completely covered with water. If a toe sticks out, the baptism is not valid. The best way to assure that no part of the body is sticking out of the water is to have another person to make sure that the feet and legs are under the water. This may not be possible to have another person present every time. The man doing the baptizing has to look to make sure the whole body is totally under the water.
Who should be baptized? ANYONE WHO HAS REPENTED OF ALL THEIR FORMER SINS AND DEDICATED THEMSELVES TO LIVING A CHRISTIAN LIFE MAY BE BAPTIZED. What does that mean? It means that person promises God to live by every word of God.
Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
No one should be baptized WHO HAS NOT REPENTED.
Mar 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the BAPTISM OF REPENTANCE for the remission of sins.
Luk 3:3 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;
Act 13:24 When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
Act 19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the BAPTISM OF REPENTANCE, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
Act 2:38 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.
Act 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Act 8:36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
Act 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Verse 37 above is a condition that God requires.
The word “repentance” in all these verses is Strong’s #3341, metanoia met-an’-oy-ah from 3340; (subjectively) compunction (for guilt, including reformation); by implication, reversal (of (another’s) decision):–repentance. When one reverses a decision, he goes in another direction. Recognizing one’s sins and repenting means he quits doing sinful acts.
Notice it means to reverse or reform your former life. For instance, are you willing to tithe all three tithes in their seasons? You should not be baptized unless you are willing to obey God in ALL HIS WORDS ABOUT TITHING. Obeying God’s instructions about money can be a major problem for many people. We must bring forth fruit of repentance. Repentance requires actual changes in behavior, not just talking about making changes. Will you follow the instructions in the verses below?
Mat 3:8 BRING FORTH THEREFORE FRUITS MEET FOR REPENTANCE:
Lev 27:30 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’s: it is holy unto the LORD.
THIS IS THE FIRST TITHE.
Deu 14:22 Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.
Deu 14:23 And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.
THIS IS THE SECOND TITHE. Notice that you eat it. This tithe is for you and your family.
Deu 14:28 At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates:
Deu 14:29 And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.
THIS IS THE THIRD TITHE. It goes to the needy and is paid two years out of the seven year cycle.
Mal 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall notbe room enough to receive it.
NO MINISTER SHOULD BE IN A HURRY TO BAPTIZE SOMEONE. LOOK FOR THE FRUIT OF REPENTANCE. If there is no repentance, do not baptize a person. Baptizing is not some sort of joke or game. It is very serious.
Rom 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were BAPTIZED INTO HIS DEATH?
Rom 6:4 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.
Rom 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Rom 6:6 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.
Rom 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Rom 6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
Rom 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
Rom 6:10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
Rom 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Col 2:12 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.
These verses above make it very clear that we are baptized into Christ’s death. Christ died for our sins. BAPTIZING A PERSON REPRESENTS BURYING ALL OUR SINS IN A WATERY GRAVE.
We should be a new person when we come up out of that watery grave, just like Christ was a new spirit being when He came up out of the physical grave.
More instructions for baptizing the people who have repented and committed their lives to live by every Word of God are found in Matthew 28.
Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
“Name” is #3686. onoma on’-om-ah from a presumed derivative of the base of 1097 (compare 3685); a “name” (literally or figuratively) (AUTHORITY, character):–called, (+ sur-)name(-d).
Notice that the primary meaning is AUTHORITY, so people are baptized on the authority of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. So what happens when we are baptized other than the fact that we get wet? After we have repented and we start on the road to eternal life, God sends the Holy Spirit to be with us.
Joh 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
Notice very carefully that the verse says THE SPIRIT SHALL DWELL WITH YOU AND SHALL BE IN YOU. The Spirit is “with” us after we are baptized. I like to think of it as sitting on our shoulders, but to have the Holy Spirit “IN” us, we have to have someone with the Holy Spirit IN THEM to lay hands on us.
Act 8:15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
Act 8:16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
Act 8:17 THEN LAID THEY THEIR HANDS ON THEM, and they received the Holy Ghost.
Act 8:18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
Act 8:19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
1Ti 4:14 NEGLECT NOT THE GIFT THAT IS IN THEE, WHICH WAS GIVEN THEE BY PROPHECY, WITH THE LAYING ON OF THE HANDS OF THE PRESBYTERY.
In these verses above, God shows that to have the Holy Spirit in us requires prayer and the laying on of hands by someone who has the Holy Spirit in them.
Eventually we will all be baptized with the Holy Spirit, that is, completely submerged in the Holy Spirit when we are made spirit sons and daughters of God. All flesh will be gone, done away at that time.
Act 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Mat 3:11 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:
Luk 3:16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: HE SHALL BAPTIZE YOU WITH THE HOLY GHOST AND WITH FIRE:
All I can say about baptizing with fire is that many of our trials and tribulations are fiery in the way that they affect us, but they may be more to it that we do not understand yet.
Mar 1:8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.
Act 11:16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
The best example of people being baptized with the Holy Spirit while they are still human is found in Acts 2. Perhaps a better way to say this is “partially baptized.”
Act 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
Act 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
Act 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Act 2:5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
Act 2:6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
Act 2:7 And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
Act 2:8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
Act 2:9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
Act 2:10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
Act 2:11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
Act 2:12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?
God’s instruction about baptizing should be followed as closely as possible. No baptism means no Holy Spirit in you. No Holy Spirit in you means no eternal life.
Published December, 2012
© Edgar Y. Bennett
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Black Hawk, CO 80422 USA