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1)     “...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”. Romans 6:4-5.

     These verses reveal that baptism must occur before you can be raised up from the dead and walk in the newness of life.

2)    What Is Baptism?

     “Of the doctrine of baptisms...” Hebrews 6:2.

     Under whose authority and power was this doctrine of baptism given?

     “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...” Matthew 28:18-19.

3)   Just How Important is it to Become Baptized?

     “And he [Jesus] said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Mark 16:15-16.

     “...when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.  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: Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.” 1 Peter 3:20-22.

     These verses reveal that this doctrine of Baptism is directly connected with our salvation!  

4)    How Can Baptism Possibly Save Us?

     “John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.” Mark 1:4.

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

     Water itself can not wash away our sins.  This means that baptism with water is a symbol indicating that all our repentant sins have indeed been washed away from us and forgiven by God through the blood, merits and righteousness of Jesus Christ.  If any one has opportunity to become baptized, but persistently chooses not to do so, then they cannot be saved because they have rejected their Lord’s command, as well as His authority over them!
     “And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.  But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.” Luke 7:29-30.

     “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God.  He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.” 2 John 1:9.

5)   How is Baptism to be Performed?

     “I [John the baptist] indeed baptize you with water”. Matthew 3:11.

     “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”. Matthew 28:19.

     These verses reveal that there are two steps involved in being baptized: 1) - the water the person is baptized with, and 2) - the words spoken while they are being baptized.

     1) - How is water to be used in baptism?

     The Greek word to baptize or be baptized is “baptizo” and it translates and means “to make whelmed or fully wet” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, word #907).  This word is derived from the word “bapto”, which translates and means “to whelm or cover wholly with a fluid, to dip” (Strong’s, word #911).  The word “Baptize” itself means to make a person fully wet by dipping or covering them wholly or completely with a fluid, and we know that this fluid is water.
     “And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.” John 3:23.

     Does the Bible allow any variations on how to baptize someone with water?  No!

      “[There is] One Lord, one faith, one baptism”. Ephesians 4:5.

     There is only one real Lord Jesus Christ, and only one real faith, and only one real way to baptize.  If someone is only partially dipped, or sprinkled, or only had water placed on them, then they were not correctly baptized according to the one and only true doctrine of Baptism, which means their baptism is invalid and unacceptable to the Lord regarding their salvation!

     What kind of water is to be used for baptism?

     John baptized in the fresh waters of “the river of Jordan” (Mark 1:5, 9).  But the children of Israel “were all baptized unto Moses...in the sea” (1 Corinthians 10:1-2).  This reveals that it really doesn’t matter whether it is fresh or salt water.

     2) - What words are to be spoken during their baptism?
      “...baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”. Matthew 28:19.

     Some believe that you are to be baptized only in the name Jesus.  But baptism is similar to a covenant or a contract.  You are promising God that you will be obedient and faithful to live “by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 8:3), and He is promising you to be your God and “to help [you] in [every] time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).  Being baptized only in the name of Jesus signifies that you are now directly connected only with Christ and He with you.  This sole connection gives only the Lord God Jesus your permission to directly work in your behalf against Lucifer, and allows only Christ the ability to utilize any and all divine power and heavenly resources at His command necessary to help you in this warfare.
     Since Jesus is just one out of the 3 Gods composing the Godhead, then being baptized only in the name of Jesus means that you are not directly connected with either God the Father or God the Holy Spirit, and They do not have your permission to directly work in your life, and you are without Their divine power to help you combat Satan!
     “Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)” Acts 8:14-16.

     These verses reveal that because those in Samaria were baptized only in the name of the Lord God Jesus Christ, then they did not yet have God the Holy Spirit’s power working in their lives!  This is why it is not wise to only be baptized in the name of Jesus only, and is why Jesus commanded to become baptized in the name of all three Gods in the Godhead.

6)     Who are You Being Baptized Into?

     “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ”. Romans 6:3.

     “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Galatians 3:27.

     “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body”. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13.

     These verses reveal that you are not being baptized into any denomination, or into any church group, or into any creed.  But you are being baptized into Jesus Christ and therefore become part of His body, and then by becoming part of the body of Christ you immediately become part of His true church on earth.  This fact of truth shows us that you become part of Christ’s true church by being baptized into Christ.

7)    Who Can be Baptized?

     “But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” Acts 8:12.

     These verses reveal that both males and females can be baptized into the Lord.

8)    When Can Someone be Baptized?

     “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 alway, even unto the end of the world.  Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20.

     “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?  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.  And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.” Acts 8:36-38.

     These verses reveal that before someone can be baptized, they must first be taught the truth as it is in Jesus Christ, and then they must also believe with all their heart and intelligently consent to follow these truths.  This further shows that you do not need to know all of the truths contained in God’s word before you can be baptized.

     How old do you need to be before you can be baptized?

     “And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.  And...she was baptized, and her household”. Acts 16:14-15.

     “And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.” Acts 18:8.

     “And they spake unto him [the jailer] the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.  And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.  And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.” Acts 16:32-34.

     These verses reveal that all those who were in the households of Lydia, Crispus and the jailer were baptized because they heard and believed on the Lord and the truth as it was in Jesus.  Households are made up of men, women and children.  This means that it was not just adults who were baptized, but even youth and children as well.

     How young can someone be baptized?

     Before someone can be baptized, they must first be taught the truth as it is in Jesus Christ, and then they must also believe with all their heart and intelligently consent to follow these truths.  This reveals that there is a certain threshold or level of mental maturity that needs to occur before they can become a candidate for baptism.  As soon as this level of mental maturity has been reached, and they can personally consent to the truth of Jesus for themselves, then they can be baptized irregardless of what age this threshold of mental maturity occurs.  Infants and young children can not be baptized because their mental abilities are incapable of meeting this minimum level of maturity, and there are even some adults that would fail to meet this same minimum level.  This is why the Bible does not set a specific age at which someone can or cannot be baptized, because the conditions for baptism are not dealing with age, but with their level of mental maturity.

9)    When Should Someone Be Re-baptized?

     “And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?  And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.  And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized?  And they said, Unto John's baptism.  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.  When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.   And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.” Acts 19:1-6.

     These disciples were not followers of Jesus Christ, but were followers of John.  The only truths they knew were those limited to John, and they were unaware of the significantly greater truths connected with and through Jesus Christ.  These verses reveal that when someone hears and accepts significantly greater truths than what they previously knew when they were baptized, then they need to be re-baptized upon these greater truths.

10)    “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God....Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.  But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:...Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye.  And above all these things [put on] charity, which is the bond of perfectness.  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:1-3, 5-10, 12-16.