The Truth about Baptism

Katherine Johnson By Katherine Johnson, 16th Aug 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This article is about the concept of Baptism and how it affect the Christian and their being saved.

An introduction to Baptism

Baptism is one of the concepts in the Bible that is important but not necessary for your salvation (although some may disagree). The concept is this, when a person has given themselves over to Christ they will undergo a transformation which is called being "born again." This born again condition is not like going back into your moms tummy and coming out again, instead it means that the person is reborn as a sin free being and forgiven by the Grace of God. This process is explained in Romans 10:9-10 "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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." This simply means that the person is saved once he has confessed his sins and he has asked for forgiveness for them, as well as his faithful belief in God and his son, the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ he is saved.

Once this has been accomplished the baptism is the outward confession, the showing the world that you have accepted Jesus as your savior, it is now in charge of your life. You are showing that you are now dead to the sinful life and born again to a life with Christ. When this happens the sinner is made new and his sins are forgiven.

"Therefore of any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17

What is baptism

There are two types of baptism that the Bible explains to you, one is the baptism by water, this is where the person is completely submerged in water which symbolizes a watery grave and the death of his or her old sinful self. There are some people who may say that a person does not have to be totally submerged, however this is the baptism that the Bible speaks of and the baptism that Jesus underwent. A person who is baptized will die in sin and wake up a new creature in Christ. The Bible says you should indeed be baptized, but contrary to popular belief, you will not be denied salvation because you died the day after you chose Jesus as your lord and savior and did not have a chance to get baptised, nor will a child be penalized should he or she not be baptized as babies (this will be explained later in this lesson).

"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 the newness of life." Roman 6:4

Also

"For by one spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one spirit." 1 Corinthians 12:13

Why you should be baptised

When you are talking about Baptism and what the Bible actually says you will see that some people are mistaken. Here is what I mean. The Bible says:

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

This means that we should be baptized, as it shows that we are dead to death and sin, but through our belief in Christ we will be risen up by the Father and we will live a new life. So being baptized is indeed recommended and something that every Christian should do in their lifetime. It is an outward expression of your faith and your death in sin. You will be showing the world that you are indeed saved and that by the Grace of God you are saved and a new creation in Christ.

You will probably then ask, "Pastor Kayte, I understand what you are saying but I have confessed my sins to God and given my life to him but during my life I have not had the chance to be baptized does that mean that I will die unsaved and go to hell?"

The answer is No. While baptism is very important and you should partake of it at some time in your life, not being baptized will not send you to death if you have given yourself to Jesus. If you have confessed your sins and you whole-heartedly ask his forgiveness, you will be saved.

The Bible says:

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:16

This means if you believe and are baptized you will be saved, but if you don't believe you are damned. This shows you that you should indeed be baptized, but it is so much more important that you believe, that you have faith, because if you do not then you are indeed damned.

The point here is:

and the Bible says:

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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10

What about my Child

One of the things that you will find is that some people believe that you must baptize a child, this is not scriptural. The reason I say this is because there are some things that don't fit the criteria of baptism.

1. While a child was indeed born in sin, he has not willfully committed any sins that could condemn him or her to hell. He has not willfully turned from God and he or she has not done any of the things for which he or she will be judged harshly and thrown into a fiery lake.

2. A baby is certainly not mature enough to confess his or her sins, he will not know that the process of being born again calls for him to live a life free of sin, he will not understand being born again, and he will be unable to know why he is accepting Jesus as his Lord and Savior. It would be unfair to ask a new born baby to be responsible for sins he does not even have knowledge of and God simply does not do stupid things.

3. A person must be totally submerged in a "watery grave" as an outward showing of his giving his life to Christ. You first of all cannot dunk a baby into a water as you would do an adult, and he will not understand why you were doing that if you did.

The truth is your child, until he has reached the age where he or she is responsible for his or her actions is already saved. Teaching him or her about God is what you should be doing, you are responsible for them until then. Raise the child in the way of the Lord and he will learn to trust and believe. When he is older he will then make the decision of which way he wants to go, and whether he will follow the Lord (that free will thing), at that time he will be responsible for his or her sins.

When is the child old enough to be responsible for their own sins? At an age when right and wrong causes them to morally question their own actions. What I mean is when your child still questions right from wrong or does not understand why they are being punished then they can't be held responsible. But when your child feels guilt over what they have done and they understand (completely) the consequences of the choices they make then they are responsible for their salvation.

And the truth is that this age is different for everyone, but if I (my opinion) was to give an estimate (as I have 7 children) I would say at age 7 through 10 would be about the right time (again this is my opinion). At about 7 years old though, you should teach the child the bible and give them the tools to make the right decision about their faith,and when you are sure they understand you can have your Pastor talk to your child to see if they have reached a mature decision about Baptism.

Baptism of Fire

There is one sort of Baptism that is gift for the believers, it is called the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. When you are baptized you will be forgiven and the Holy Spirit will enter into your life, and you will be baptized in the fire of the Holy Spirit, this is a gift and all who give their lives to Christ with all their heart they will experience the Holy Spirit who will live with that person for the rest of their lives, ensuring that they learn the Word, that they live a Christlike existence and that they are comforted for all the days of their lives. This is something all men should aspire to and it is just one more proof of God's Grace.

God gave you life
God gave you life again through his son
God stays with you throughout your life through the holy spirit.

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Baptism, Baptized, Jesus Christ, Saved By God

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author avatar Katherine Johnson
Pastor Katherine Johnson is a writer and a Christian Pastor, she is also a Realtor in the State of Rhode Island.

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author avatar Jonald
18th Aug 2012 (#)

nice i am also roman catholic.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
18th Aug 2012 (#)

nice words Katherine...I was baptised in the Sea of Galileeand felt the spirit moving...I also have been blessed by the Pope and Swami Muktananda and the spirit moved through me on those occasions too..

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