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Friday, 12 June 2020

Immersion vs Sprinkling: How Should Water Baptism Be Performed

Water baptism has become an accepted event by all Christian sects and groups. It is considered an ordinance of church and one of the steps to salvation.


But it is also worthy of note that there is a prescribed methodology for performing water baptism as vividly seen in the Bible. Sadly, there is a form of disunity existing in Christendom over the right way to do water baptism.


This disunity has split the Body of Christ into two groups. The first believe that water baptism can be administered by sprinkling water over a person. The other group hold that water baptism is only valid when the person being baptized is completely immersed in water.


Fortunately for us all, the word of God does not leave us in the dark as to what baptism in water is about and how it ought to be performed. So in order to get accurate perspectives about water baptism and its administration, we would search the scriptures.

immersion is the right way to perform water baptism



It will interest you to know that there is no where water baptism was specified in the Bible to be done by sprinkling. All of the places where water baptism is recorded in the Bible indicates an immersion and not sprinkling of water.


One important pointer to note is the Greek word translated "baptize". It actually means to immerse or to dip under water and as your rightly know, the New testament was written in Greek.


This point is important because when we want to get the exact meaning of a word translated from another language, we check out its meaning from the root language. 


From the actual meaning of the word baptism in the original Greek rendition, we see that sprinkling is not captured as a method of administering water baptism but immersion.


Furthermore, if we look at the ministry of John the Baptist, we would see some very interesting stuff. First of all, the word "baptist" in the original Greek rendition means "immerser" "dipper" or "plunger". From the name given to him you already see that John was not a water sprinkler but a water dipper, immerser, or plunger.


John carried out his ministry of baptizing people "in the Jordan river" as revealed in Matthew 3:6 


And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.


He did not sprinkle water on the people else there would be no need to take them into the river Jordan. We see this vividly expressed when John baptized Jesus in verse 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:


Notice that it is clearly spelt out that Jesus went "out of the water" indicative of the fact that He actually went "into the water". If John sprinkled water on Jesus then scriptures will not record that Jesus went in and out of the water as there would be no need to go into the water.


John clearly baptized Jesus in the Jordan river by immersing Him in the water and when Jesus came out of the water the heavens were opened. 


For further analysis on this matter, let's look at the account of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8. The Bible records in verse 36 that on getting to a body of water, the eunuch asked Philip "See, here is water; what hinders me from being baptized?" (Paraphrased).


Philip told him only if he believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and after declaring his believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the eunuch and Philip "went down both into the water" (Acts 8:38).


Philip conducted the baptism of the Ethiopian eunuch in the water not by sprinkling it on him. They would not go down into the water if sprinkling was all they would do. By standing by the bank of the water they could carry out sprinkling but since it was going to be an immersion which it was, they went into the water.


Water baptism according to the Bible is practically the immersion of people in water and not sprinkling. Sprinkling water over a person does not get him or her baptized. It is this activity that brought up the issue of Rebaptism.


For water baptism to be according to the pattern followed by Jesus, used by John the Baptist, and observed by the early church, it must be administered by complete immersion into a body of water.


It is unscriptural to claim that water baptism can be done by sprinkling water over a person – except we find scriptures which clearly shows that sprinkling is the methodology for baptism.


Another salient point which validates that immersion is the right means of administering water baptism is in one of the significances of water baptism.


Water baptism is significant of partaking in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The process of immersion in water identifies us with the death of Christ. Whe we come out of the water, it is a typology of the resurrection of Christ.
 

This is what Apostle Paul related to both the Romans and Colossians 

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. – Romans 6:4 

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. – Colossians 2:12


We are buried in Him and we rise in Him through the ordinance of water baptism. It is our means of partaking in the death and resurrection of Jesus and sprinkling water does not touch this very important significance.


Conclusion

The significances of water baptism can only be actualized by immersion not sprinkling. As we have seen in scriptures: the ministry of John the Baptist, the pattern followed in the baptismal service of Jesus our pattern man, and the adminstration of water baptism in the early church, water baptism is carried out by immersion in water.


Until it can be scripturally-proven, sprinkling is not a way to carry out baptism and if you have been baptized by the sprinkling of water then you would need to undergo Rebaptism to be baptized according to Biblical standards.


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Monday, 8 June 2020

Does Water Baptism Save You?

Can someone be saved when he or she is baptized in water?


Does being baptized in water make someone saved?

Does water baptism save you

The answer to these questions generally borders around the concept of salvation. An understanding of what salvation is and how it is gotten would help us identify if water baptism can save a man.


There are various school of thoughts on the concept of water baptism by different Christian groups and sects. 


The Liberals believe that repentance is the means for salvation. Evangelicals say believing and having faith in Jesus makes you saved. Sacramentals preach baptism as the key to salvation. The Pentecostals say you must be baptized in the Holy Ghost before you can be saved.


All of the views sustained by these sects are correct in the several fronts the conclusions were drawn. The truth about salvation is that it comes from all of the above means believed which makes holding on to one means as an imbalance in doctrine.


What I mean is that, the concept of salvation encapsulates the beliefs of the Liberals, Evangelicals, Sacramentals and the Pentecostals alike. Setting balance in the body of Christ is a necessary ministry today when sound doctrine seemed to have escaped through the backdoor.


The need for truth, sound and complete doctrine can never be overemphasized. All of the thoughts from the various units of the Christian faith on the subject of salvation are correct from the perspective they were drawn from but they lack completeness and due to the half-baked nature of their assertions, discourses like this have brought division to the body of Christ.


This ought not to be so. It is for this purpose Gospelcaster was established – to give every believer regardless of his or her denomination, the whole truth, articulating sound doctrine drawn from the balanced perspective of the Word of God.


For us to fully grasp the concept of salvation, we will need to look upon the words of Jesus and the practices of the early church. First, let's see what salvation is about.


What is Salvation? 


I would define Salvation as the sum total of what God did for us by sending Jesus His son to die for us. It is God's gift to mankind as Romans 6:23 puts it thus; 


For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord


By virtue of the fall of man recorded in Genesis 3, man became condemned to death. A verdict of destruction and condemnation was placed on all of mankind. But God was not completely comfortable with it hence His plan of redemption.


Redemption is God reaching out to mankind – you and I and bringing us back to Himself through the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus. Sin made us separate from God. It built a tall fence between us and God – we had no access to God whatsoever.


The goal of Jesus' death was to save mankind from the verdict of death and destruction and to redeem us back to God.


While on Earth, Jesus taught on God's love for mankind and how He intended to bring man back to Himself since we were now being condemned to destruction as a result of sin "For the wages of sin is death..." – Roman 3:23


Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, condemned every single one of us to eternal death and destruction as Apostle Paul puts it in Romans 5:19 but Jesus came to correct the mistake of Adam by being obedient even unto death thereby restoring our original stand with God – giving us access to God and saving us from condemnation.


So salvation is everything Jesus came to earth to do which encompasses terminating our appointment with eternal death, giving us eternal life and restoring our lost access to God.


HOW SALVATION ACTUALLY WORKS

The concept of salvation is perfected in four thresholds. These thresholds are the four opinions the Liberals, Sacramentals, Pentecostals and Evangelicals hold on to. 

Salvation is gotten through 

  1. Repentance 
  2. Believing on the Lord Jesus 
  3.  Baptism in water 
  4.  Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Notice that each one of the thresholds of salvation is what a sect holds as the basis for salvation. Even though, it is correct you would agree with me that it is imbalanced right?, Yes!

The process towards salvation begins from repentance. Repentance is turning away from your former ways and accepting a new course.

Jesus as Mark records in his gospel began preaching in Mark 1:14 and 15 and Jesus' message was "the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel."

This is the first step towards salvation – repentance. The process of salvation begins when a man realizes he has been on the wrong path and has decided to switch sides and follow God.

Even John the Baptist told the people who came to him for baptism in Matthew 3:8 that they should bring forth fruits worthy of repentance. There is no salvation until repentance is observed. 

In Simon Peter's sermon on the day of Pentecost recording in Acts 2, he told the people who asked what they should do (Acts 3:37) to first of all repent (Acts 3:38). Any salvation message that excludes the place of repentance is not complete.

Jesus preached repentance. John the Baptist preached repentance. The Apostles preached repentance. Salvation begins when repentance has been observed.

After repentance, what follows is believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. One must believe by faith that Jesus Christ died and resurrected on the third day to save mankind from condemnation and death. 

Only Jesus can save. In His words, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" – John 14:6 

Repenting without believing that Jesus is the son of God who died to bring you back to God will not amount to getting saved. Believing on the Lord Jesus is an important requirement for salvation.

Jesus explained the overwhelming love of God in John 3:16 when He said 

 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

It is when we believe on the Lord Jesus that salvation is actually promised. Jesus further said;

"For God did not send His son into this world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him (Jesus) might be saved" – John 3:17

Also, a man asked Paul and Silas what he must do to be saved. Paul and Silas answered thus; 

...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household. – Acts 16:31

See what Apostle Paul told the Romans

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved  –  Roman 10:9

It is until a person repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ which is proven by the confessing of Jesus as Lord and Savior, forsaking sin and resolving to live holy, that he or she is fit for water baptism.

Water baptism is the third process of salvation after repentance and believing on Jesus. Water baptism is the act of complete immersion in water.

Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:19 saying;

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

He also told Nicodemus in John 3:5 that except one is born of water he can not enter into the kingdom of God. Baptism in water is an event that must take place to consolidate the process of salvation. 

In Mark 16:16, Jesus said; 

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Believing followed by water baptism consolidates salvation. Water baptism must not be trivialized. It must be observed as it is an important threshold for being saved.


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After water baptism then the baptism of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus' discourse with Nicodemus, He told the Pharisee that anyone who wants to enter into the kingdom of God must be born of water and also of the Spirit.

The baptism of the Spirit is very important for a believer. Water baptism cleanses you from your sins while the Holy Spirit baptism helps you live the new life of Christ.

It is as this stage – baptism in the spirit – that your salvation becomes complete. But there is something that would interest you, the order which I have listed may be broken.

Repentance and believing on Jesus Christ are constants – they must take place but some persons get baptized in the Spirit before they become baptized in water. I am an example.

I got baptized in the Holy Spirit long before I got baptized in water. I actually got baptized in water when the window was opened in my local Assembly.

This does not invalidate my salvation neither does it make me less a believer to the person who duly followed the processes outlined.

This is seen in the Bible when Peter went to preach in the house of Cornelius in Acts 10. In verse 44, the Bible records that while Peter was still speaking the Holy ghost fell on them. In verse 47, Peter asked "can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?

So it is very possible that someone having believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, gets baptized in the Spirit before being baptized in water.

It will also interest you to know that the thief who hung on the cross with Jesus was saved by only believing on Jesus. There was no chance to be baptized in water or in the Spirit. 

These examples I am citing are not to negate the place of the process but to tell you that it must not be a holistic approach. The order must not be followed but must be maintained.


Conclusion 

On the question whether water baptism can save a man? 

The truth is no one begins the process of salvation by being baptized in water.

Water baptism is never the first requirement for getting saved.

One is entitled to be baptized in water only when he or she has repented and believed on Jesus. Baptizing someone who is a sinner – has not repenting and does not believe in Jesus – will not get that person saved.

In Acts 8:36, after Peter finished preaching to the Ethiopian eunuch, the man told Philip "See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?"

And Philip told him, only if you believe with all your heart – (Acts 8:37) and the man having believed confessed Jesus as the son of God.

It was then Philip baptized the eunuch in water. This must be the pattern before baptism in water. There must first be repentance and believing on Jesus before water baptism.

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Monday, 20 May 2019

Ten Things God's Word Does In Your Life



Over and over again emphasis have been made on the need to study God's word and why we must obey it.

During Sunday worship, morning devotions, and weekly church meetings, the reading, study and obedience to the word of God has received immense emphasis. It has been highlighted times without number as an integral part of a believer's life.

Why is the study of God's word so important? What are the benefits you can derive when you study God's word?
I would be showing you ten (10) benefits you can gain from God's word as it pertains to your building, growth and development.

#1. God's Word Makes You Wise

"And that from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." – 2 Timothy 3:15

The word of God is able to make you wise. If you seek true, godly wisdom then God's word should be a must-study for you.

Wisdom as Proverbs 4:7 suggests is the principal thing and it is a must-have for everyone. It is important that we are wise and Apostle Paul shows us a recipe for wisdom; God's word.

#2. God's Word Keeps You From Sin 

"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." – Psalms 119:11

God wants us to lead and live holy lives. He expects us to live sinless even though we live in a sinful world.

This task can be very daunting but then David shows us how we can achieve this. God's word can help us live holy and sinless in this unholy and ungodly world.

The import of Psalms 119:11 is that the sufficiency of God's word that you have hid in your heart is able to keep you from falling into sin.
To live a holy life you must hide God's word in your heart... To hide God's word in your heart you must study it!

#3. God's Word Teaches You True Doctrine 

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" – 2 Timothy 3:16

One of the deficiencies in the Body of Christ is the lack of true doctrine. Our pulpits have become factories for the production of false and inaccurate doctrines concocted from the intellects, intelligence, carnal interpretation, and philosophy of men.

The Body of Christ no longer knows the right things to believe in as fake apostles, pastors, bishops, prophets e.t.c have mounted the stage.

To get undiluted and true doctrine you must give yourself to the study of God's word. The word of God teaches you doctrine. The perspective of God's word supersedes the perspective of the greatest of apostles, prophets, bishops or prophets.

If only we have more diligent students of the word, fake doctrines and teachings would be eradicated and rooted out from the Body of Christ.

#4. God's Word Gives You Direction and Guidance

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." – Psalms 119:105

Life is too complicated to depend on your sense of sight and your intellect to offer you direction and guidance.

Without divine direction and guidance we would keep going on and on in circles; undergoing motion but not making progress.

To make the most of your brief time on the Earth you must come under divine guidance and direction and God's Word offers that to you.

The Psalmist affirms this in Psalms 119:105;

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."

If you need divine guidance and direction become a student of the Word.

#5. God's Word Strengthens Your Faith 

"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." – Romans 10:17

Christianity is founded upon faith in God. To thrive as a believer you would need to have an increasing depth of faith.

Knowing that you need faith in order to be a good Christian and to be found pleasing to God (Hebrews 11:6), there's need for faith to be continually deepened and strengthened in us.

God's word has the potency to strengthen your faith. It is able to make your faith find deep-roots so much so that the quality of your Christian Life may be greatly improved.

Just incase you seem not to have faith at all, God's word is able to breed faith in you.

#6. God's Word Heals

"He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions." – Psalms 107:20

Do you desire healing from sicknesses and diseases? Do you desire healing in your family? Healing in your relationship? Healing in your community? Healing in all ramifications of your life? Then try God's word. It has got capsules for sicknesses of whatever kind.

#7. God's Word Instructs Into Righteousness

When you study God's word you get tips for living a righteous life as the word of God is laced with instructions that pertains to righteousness.

The Bible is prophetic hence even though it was written thousands of years ago it is still potent enough to make impact in our lives today. 

The writings of the apostles are as applicable as they were they when they wrote them. These writings were written with the intent that believers would be guided on the path of righteous living.

Apostle Paul writing to Timothy, His son, said;

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable...for instruction in righteousness:" – 2 Timothy 3:16

Therefore, in order to live righteously we must give ourselves to the instructions which the Bible is embedded with.

#8. God's Word is a Tool For Reproof 

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable...for reproof" – 2 Timothy 3:16

Before I explain this point let me share a short story about myself.

When I gave my life to Christ, I struggled between living righteously and living in sin. I was like Paul; doing the things I ought not to do against my desires to do the right thing.

But then I noticed that, anytime I do something wrong and I pick up my Bible to study, it would be as though God called me and asked me why I committed that sin and when I keep reading I'd feel as though God was punishing me.

This has continued even up till now. Whenever sin is figured in me, God's Spirit is quick to drive me to a scriptural reference calling me back to order.

That's one of the benefits of God's word; it is a tool for reproof and the convicting of sin. God's word has the ability to reproof you just incase you're a believer and to convict an unbeliever of sin.

You cannot be a diligent student of God's word and live in sin. God's word would perpetually reproof you until you retrace your steps back to Him.

#9. God's Word Corrects Errors

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" – 2 Timothy 3:16

In our walk with God, we may uphold certain wrong standards believing they were true. We may practice Christianity in ways we think is right meanwhile we're working and walking in absolute error.

In the Body of Christ, there are so many who believe and promote doctrines which are false and inaccurate, thereby misleading gullible believers.
There's no pain like walking in error.

With walking in error comes correction and God's Word is able to correct whatever wrong perspective, teaching, doctrine or lifestyle we have upheld.

Remember what I wrote when I was explaining the point on how God's word teaches us doctrine?
I wrote that the views and perspective of the Bible supersedes the views of any Apostle, Prophet, Bishop e.t.c

To know the correct way Christianity should be practiced we must look diligently into scriptures as it is our only reliable option.

#10. God's Word Facilitates Growth

One characteristic of a living thing is growth. When you become born again, you become a living being in the Spirit and it is important that you grow.

When a living thing stops growing, it starts dying. This principle is also applicable to you as a believer. When you stop growing in God you start to die.

God's word helps us facilitate growth. Apostle Paul in his farewell charge to the Ephesian leaders said;

"And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up..." – Acts 20:32

If you would grow you must love, read, study, meditate on and obey the word. God's word is able to make you grow.

Apostle Peter also affirmed this fact in 1 Peter 2:2 

"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:"

If you desire growth in your life you've seen where you can get it undiluted and unhindered. This is the reason why new converts are subjected to discipleship classes. If we must grow, the balanced diet is God's word.

God's Word has got immense benefits, much more than the ten I have listed above. For you to unravel all the benefits in God's word and to make them yours you must give yourself diligently to God's Word in studying, in meditating, and in obeying.

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Sunday, 10 March 2019

Biblical Principles For Correcting Error in The Body of Christ


One of the many setbacks the Body of Christ is presently suffering from is that of error committed in trying to correct error.

So many have supposedly picked up the call to correct what they deem to be error in the Body of Christ. There are so many apostles, prophets, reverends, evangelists, deacons and so on who have taken up the call to correct supposed errors in the Church regardless of being called by God or not.

With the aim of correcting errors, the Church has succeeded in committing more errors because certain principles for correcting errors where ignored.

The Bible doesn't leave us in the dark as to how the correction of error should be done. It presents us with principles which must be adhered to if we would correct errors accurately and not inflict more errors to the Body.

One fact can not be taken away, there is an office for the correction of error. Not everyone in ministry or in church is supposed to correct error. Nevertheless, the principles which I'd be sharing today would help the Body of Christ understand how the correction of errors should be done.

Principle #1: Correct In Genuine Love For The Body.



"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing."
– 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Any kingdom function that is carried out without love is nothing but a charade of God's ideal blueprint for the performance of these function.

Apostle Paul explains this principle when he outlined various spiritual functions. He said this functions are supposed to be operated on the basis of love.

Correcting error in the Body of Christ is a spiritual function and if its performance is carried out without love then we have not truly corrected error.

Love can never be sidelined when the issue of correcting errors comes up. Until we have a genuine love for the Body of Christ we would be creating more errors in our attempt to correct the already existing ones.

Love for the Body of Christ should be a pivotal piece and the driving force for all kingdom functions and correcting errors is not an exception.

Principle #2: Errors Should Be Corrected By Truly Spiritual People


"Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted." – Galatians 6:1

Even though Galatians 6:1 talks about the restoration of one who falls into sin it also contains a principle for correcting error.

The role of correcting errors should be an exclusive reserve for persons who are spiritual. By being spiritual, I am not referring to church attenders but to people who walk diligently in, are highly responsive to, and are controlled by the Spirit of God.

The position of apostle or prophet does not completely reflect the criteria for correcting error.

The correction of error must be performed by persons who have yielded completely to the dealings of the Holy Spirit. The man who has fully subjected his all; will, desire, resource, flesh, intellect, and emotions to the Spirit of God and has come under an active fellowshipping with the Spirit is a candidate for the role of correcting error.

Why does one need to be spiritual in order to profer solutions to existing errors?

The Holy Spirit is the "Spirit of Truth". His job description as the Spirit of Truth is such that He is the only personality who can reveal and guide into all truth.

So the man who has come under the unhindered control of the Holy Spirit is advantaged to the end that the Spirit in him is able to guide him into all truth, a necessary prerequisite for correcting error.

Principle #3: Correct In Meekness


Apostle Paul presents another principle for correcting error this time in his second letter to Timothy.

"In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;" – 2 Timothy 2:25

Trying to correct out of pride and anger would only aggravate the one who you're trying to correct and chances are that you may never be able to correct that person.

Meekness must take center stage before correcting error should take place.
Taking or making a decision on the template of anger, bitterness, and frustration would result to a greater damage but Apostle Paul shows us a better way – Meekness!

Meekness in dishing out corrections would act as a catalyst, speeding up the process of correcting error.

Conclusion

Correcting error is a kingdom function and all kingdom functions are carried out following principles and precepts.

Failing to carry out kingdom functions with their corresponding principles would shortchange the purpose of that kingdom function.

To correct error we must do so following the principles for correcting error. Let us stop the perpetrating of more errors in our bid to correct the already existing ones by obeying the principles aforementioned.

We could turn this setback caused by correcting error into a major boost for the Body Of Christ.
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Sunday, 13 January 2019

The Essence, Requirement and Significance of Water Baptism




Water Baptism is one of the most accepted ordinance in the Body of Christ. Pentecostals, Methodists, Roman Catholics, Baptists, Anglicans, and so on all practice the ordinance of water baptism.

Water Baptism is the dipping in water by complete immersion. The practice of water baptism as seen in scriptures is not of water sprinkling as some hold but of whole immersion in water.

Today, I'd be sharing with you some of the essence and the significance of water baptism. Why are we expected to carry out the ceremony of water baptism? Why must everyone be baptized in water? What are the requirements for water baptism? Of what significance is water baptism?

I would be answering this questions as we proceed in this piece.

Here's what to expect;

• Requirements for Water Baptism
• Essence of Water Baptism and
• Significance of Water Baptism

REQUIREMENTS FOR WATER BAPTISM

Before you can be baptized in water there is a requirement Jesus gave. In Mark 16:16, Jesus said;

"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."

From the scripture above, we see that the basic requirement necessary for water baptism is believe in Jesus Christ. Until you truly and genuinely believe in Jesus then you are not a candidate for water baptism.

Believe in Jesus is not by a verbal proclamation. It is the forsaking of the old self and accepting the new life Jesus Christ is offering.

Such a decision cannot be made by a baby thus the baptism of children is an aberration as against the required expectation.

A person who must be baptized must first forsake sin and having believed in Jesus accept the life of Christ and begin to live in accordance to the parameters of the new life.

Believe in Jesus Christ is what entitles one for the performance of Water baptism.

ESSENCE OF WATER BAPTISM

Why must we be baptized in water? On what essence is the Church's stand on water baptism driven on?

Water baptism is one of the cardinal doctrines of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a part of the great commission.

As you know, the great commission is Jesus' mandate to His disciples which is hereunto passed to us. The great commission in full reads;

"And he 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

Part of Jesus' mandate for the Church includes water baptism. In verse sixteen (16) of Mark sixteen (16) we see that for as many for believe the gospel we preach, they should be baptized.

So we can see the commision as having two sections.

Section A: Preach the gospel
Section B: Baptize all who believe.

It is to this end that water baptism is expected to be an integral part of the Church's function. No one who believes is exempted from carrying out the ceremony of water baptism.


SIGNIFICANCE OF WATER BAPTISM

There are so many reasons why we be baptized in water. Aside being a commission and a mandate from Jesus, water baptism is essential due to the following significances.

1. It is a Public Declaration or Attestation

Water baptism issues out a notice to the world that no longer are we of the world. It is a public declaration attesting to the fact that the one being dipped into water has turned his/her back to the world and its ways and has decided to follow Jesus the Christ.

2. It Shows We Conform To The Set Pattern Of Jesus Christ

Water baptism is of a great significance because it is indicative of the fact that we die (immersion in water) like Jesus and we are raised (bringing out from water) like Him unto a new life.

Since Jesus died and resurrected, we connect and conform to that pattern by performing the ordinance of water baptism.

Apostle Paul supports this claim;

"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." – Romans 6:4

Water baptism is indicative of the fact that we partake in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.


3. It Establishes Our Existence as Spiritual Beings

The perfect standpoint of a man is to function in accordance to the Spirit of God. Baptism in water shows that we are dead to sin and our spirit man is activated to a livelihood dependent on the Spirit of God.

Water baptism establishes our spirit man on the plain on true existence. It turns on every spiritual sensor and perception gland that our spirit man.

Being dead to sin and alive to God by virtue of the complete immersion in water shows that we are spiritual beings no longer controlled by the power and nature of sin.


Once a person believes in Jesus Christ and repents of His sin, he/she becomes entitled for water baptism and like the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:36 nothing hinders such a one from being baptized.

Sadly, whatever may stop you from being baptized can stop you from making Heaven. I do hope that if you haven't being baptized by complete immersion in water you'd crave to do so.

It is only by complete immersion in water following believe in Jesus and the forsaking of sin that your baptism is valid. Water sprinkling is not the Bible's standard for baptism.

MARANATHA
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