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Sat, Jul 18, 2015

WATER BAPTISM LESSION

WATER BAPTISM LESSION

  1. INTRODUCTION

Scriptures are based of the King James Version Bible.

The word “baptize” appears in the Bible 7 times.

The word “baptized” appears in the Bible 51 times.

The word “ baptizeth” appears in the Bible 2 times.

The word “baptizing” appears in the Bible 4 times.

This gives a total of 65 times in the King James Version Bible, and in addition, there are many others verses related to being baptized in which these actual words do not appear.

 

  1. WHAT IS WATER BAPTISM/FULL IMMURSION

 

Matthew 3:13 

Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

Matthew 3:14 

But John forbade him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

Matthew 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.

Matthew 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:

Matthew 3:17 

And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

 

The disciples were baptized fully wet.  It is safe to say, if you have not been baptized by full immersion, you have not been baptized by the technique of the ordinance of Christian baptism.  In baptism, we are identifying with Christ’s death and resurrection

 

Note the words in Romans 6:4

 

KING JAMES VERSION BIBLE

Romans 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.

 

CONTEMPERARY ENGLISH VERSION BIBLE

Romans 6:4 

When we were baptized, we died and were buried with Christ. We were baptized, so that we would live a new life, as Christ was raised to life by the glory of God the Father.

 

KING JAMES VERSION BIBLE

Colossians 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.

 

CONTEMPERARY ENGLISH VERSION BIBLE

Colossians 2:12

And when you were baptized, it was the same as being buried with Christ. Then you were raised to life because you had faith in the power of God, who raised Christ from death.

 

Note the words; “BURIED IN BAPTISM” or “buried in water.”  Biblical baptism is by being “buried” in water.  In other words, baptism is by going into the water and being immersed.

 

  1. SPRINKLING BAPTISM IS NO BAPTISM AT ALL. IT IS SATAN’S COUNTERFEIT

 

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.

Act 8:38 

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.

Act 8:39 

And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

 

Note there they came up out of the water

 

Matthew 3:5 

Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan,

Matthew 3:6 

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

 

Note, baptized in the Jordan, not sprinkled from a basin of water.

 

John 3:23 

And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.

 

Note, there was MUCH water there.  It was not shallow

 

Matthew 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:

Matthew 3:17 

And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

 

Jesus was baptized in the Jordan and came up out of the water.  Have you likewise obeyed God by submitting to the ordinance of baptism?  Is God well pleased with you?  Every time water baptism was done in the New Testament, it was done by immersion.  There is no other biblical way.

  1. THE AUTHORITY MUST BE GOD’S WORD

 

The authority we stand on MUST always be the Bible.  The authority we stand on must not be made of stories we create from events of the Bible, but solely upon the Bible itself.  It is only by the Word that we shall be judged, not by man’s opinion of what they think the Word indicates.  Satan is the originator of causing people to say that God’s Word does not mean exactly what it says.  Eve believed Satan’s first caused doubt in her mind and then told her directly she would not surely die by eating of the fruit.  Satan put her in a position that her own emotions prompted her to eat of the fruit of the tree.  She sinned by disobeying God’s Word.

 

  1. WE ARE COMMANDED TO BE BAPTIZED, BUT REPENTANCE MUST COME FIRST

 

God’s Word tells us we are saved by grace through faith, yet we are under commandment to be baptized; as we read Peter’s words in Acts 2:38

 

Acts 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.

 

This verse is addressing people that, after having heard God’s Word, believe on Jesus and are under conviction for their sins.  They now want to know what to do.  They are told first to repent.  Then following repentance, baptism is to take place.  Also note the verse tells us that EVERYONE is to do this.

John the Baptist was baptizing by full immersion in the water.  The disciples of Jesus baptized when they were with Him.  After considered a follower of Christ, if they would not get baptized after believing, If a person refuses baptism, then there is no reason to think they truly believe on Christ and have repented.

True faith in Jesus and true repentance should lead to being baptized in accordance with the Scriptures.  A wrong attitude may lead a person to argue and contend with the Scriptures.

 

  1. WHO IS WATER BAPTISM FOR?

 

Baptism is for those who have now come to a place where they have repented of their sin(s) and believe with all their heart in the Lord Jesus Christ.  We see this clearly both from the teaching and the example of the New Testament.

Baptism is not for those who believe half-heartedly the gospel.  To believe with all the heart implies firstly sincerity.  To be baptized simply to please a preacher is not what God wants.  God only wants to baptize those who have a sincere trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior, who really want to die to the world, the flesh and the devil and live for God.  Before baptizing people, we must be confident that this is their desire.

However, this does not mean we should be so cautious in baptizing people that we refuse to do it until a person’s character in Christ is well proven.  Even Simon the magician was baptized by Philip the evangelist and continued with Philip for some time until Peter, to whom God gave greater discernment, rebuked the foolishness of the magician, who wanted to buy the ability to impart the Holy Spirit with money.

 

Act 8:13 

Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.

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.

Act 8:20 

But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

Act 8:21 

Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.

Act 8:22 

Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

Act 8:23 

For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.

Act 8:24 

Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.

 

                Simon still needed to repent, to humble himself more deeply.  Church history tells us that he did not do this, but rather became the author of many heresies which plagued the church in the years to come

 

Some argue that sincere Christian parents should have their babies baptized, since God’s covenant extends to natural families.  But Jesus said,?  “Whoever does the will of God are my brother and sister and mother.”  (Mark 3:35).

 

What about the Philippian Jailor?  He was baptized with all his family.  But from a careful examination of the passage (Acts 16:26-33).

 

Act 16:26 

And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.

Act 16:27 

And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.

Act 16:28 

But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.

Act 16:29 

Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,

Act 16:30 

And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

Act 16:31 

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Act 16:32 

And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

Act 16:33 

And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.

Act 16:34 

And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

 

We observe the following:

 

  1. Paul’s instruction was first, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household” (Acts 16:31). Believing on Jesus had to precede water baptism.

 

  1. Paul then preached to the whole household the word of the Lord. (Acts 16:32)  There had to be a foundation for faith in Jesus.  All the household heard the word of the Lord.

 

  1. There were fruits of repentance. “And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. (verse 33)

 

  1. Next they were all baptized. It says nothing of babies here.  Rather, in verse 34, it says, “having believed in God with all his household.”  It is clear then that ALL BELIEVED before they were baptized.  Since babies cannot believe, it is clear that here is no example of the baptism of babies.  We see rather a model for the salvation of whole households.  This is the way God would like to work today!

 

In the first most significant day of the church, Peter, having preached the gospel to the people, was asked, “what must we do”? And the response?

 

“Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. “ (Acts 2:38).  Repentance had to precede baptism.  And clearly, faith in Jesus also preceded this baptism, since no one would have allowed himself to be baptized in the controversial name of Jesus if he did not indeed believe the message of Peter and put his trust in Jesus for salvation.

 

Once again we see that repentance and faith preceded baptism.  The same thing can be seen in all the following passages from the book of Acts:

 

THE ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH:

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.

 

 THE CASE OF THE EPHESIAN DISCIPLES

Act 19:1 

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,

Act 19:2 

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.

Act 19:3 

And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism.

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 19:5 

When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Act 19:6 

And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

Act 19:7 

And all the men were about twelve.

 

  1. BAPTISM IS TO BE DONE IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY GHOST.

 

Not only are you under commandment to be baptized, but Jesus said these words as He was about to go to be with His Father.

 

Mathew 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:

Matthew 28:20 

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

Note the word “and” identifying the Trinity.

 

By this commandment from Jesus to be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, the believer is identifying with the ONE GOD manifested in three, eternally existing Persons.

 

1John 5:7 

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

 

In these last days, many new, false doctrines have come along.  One of them is the belief that there is no Trinity.  This teaching denies there are three, eternally existing Persons of the Trinity.  Some also baptize only in the name of Jesus.  Beware.  Do not be led away with the error of these new doctrines that are springing up on the blind.

 

  1. WHAT DOES WATER BAPTISM MEAN?

       

As we have begun to see, Christian water baptism means a dedication to fulfill all righteousness.

Matthew 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.

 

It is the biblical expression of a commitment to die to the world, the flesh and the devil and live for God alone.  It is a death, burial and resurrection.

 

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.

 

Col 2:11 

In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

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.

 

Death to the old nature, the old ways, habits and lifestyle.  Burial of all these things.  A new life in the power of the Holy Spirit.  This is what baptism is about.

 

It is identification with Jesus Christ, and recognition of Him as your Master and you as His disciple.

 

CONCLUSION

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:

 

It means you commit yourself to obey Jesus Christ.  If you have never been baptized in water as a believer and you do not want to be, it shows that you are either ignorant of the nature and meaning of water baptism, or that, more simply, you  do not wish to humble yourself and obey the Lord Jesus Christ.  Water baptism is a separation between your old life of disobedience.  It’s your free will choice to RECEIVE IT or REJECT IT.  

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