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The True Meaning Of Being Baptized
Baptism, with the Lord’s Supper, is one o the two Christian sacraments believed in and practiced by almost all Protestants, the Quakers and the Salvation Army being perhaps the only significant exceptions. The word baptism is defined as a rite involving water. The term is derived from a Greek word meaning “to immerse in or wash with water”. In the New Testament baptism is used as a self-revealing of God. As a sacrament, baptism is both a sign and a seal of saving grace. Baptism marks the Christian as belonging to God. God has always marked his people. Under the old covenant (in the Old Testament), God ordained the sign of circumcision as the way to mark his chosen people. Baptism is the mark of initiation into the new covenant. In the book of Colossians Paul declared that baptism, because it replaced circumcision, was the new outward sign of the inward grace of Christ in the lives of the Christians. Baptism has long been looked at as the sacrament that enters the Christian into a covenant with God and takes the place of circumcision.
Baptism can be provided through 1) sprinkling the person with water, 2) immersion of the person into the water or 3) pouring water onto the person. Each mode has its own symbolic value and it is up to the personal preference of the person who is being baptized as to which method is to be used.
Immersion is most commonly thought of as the mode that comes closest to symbolizing the Christians union with Christ through his death and resurrection.
The method of sprinkling the person with water best symbolized the cleansing of the heart from a guilty conscience as described in the book of Hebrews in the Bible.
Pouring of the water onto the Christian best symbolized the out pouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost as described in the Bible.
All three of these methods of baptism signify aspects of the work of Christ in saving us from death. Some people believe that the more water that is used, the more valid the baptism. Baptism is a symbolic action. Its value lies in what it symbolizes.
Size and amount are not significant factors in symbolism. It is not the amount of water that gives baptism its value but rather the meaning of the whole symbolic action. There is great comfort in knowing that we have been marked as God’s children by this sacrament that he has ordained.
Baptism is a sign and seal of God’s grace in the life of the Christian. As the Bible sees it, baptism is not primarily as sign of repentance and faith on the part of the baptized. It is not primarily human testimony. It is rather a sign of God’s covenant or promise and is therefore a sign of the work of God on behalf of his children.
When infants are baptized, it is right that when they come to maturity they make their own confession, which involves personal repentance and faith. A person may choose not to make this confession in which case the symbolic baptism as an infant does not provide the grace for them that God himself provides. It is the responsibility of parents, pastors and congregations to nurture their baptized children, to teach them and guide them toward that eventual confession of personal faith.
Baptism has both human and divine aspects. On God’s part, the seal is the visible assurance of faithfulness to his covenant. On man’s part, the seal is the way man binds himself as a party to the covenant and pledges to be faithful in all things. The covenant between God and man to be faithful to each other is thought to be ratified once the Christian has been baptized.
Comment: WHO BELIEVES WATER BAPTISM IS ESSENTIAL TO SALVATION? THERE ARE MEN WHO BELIEVED OR BELIEVE THAT WATER BAPTISM IS ESSENTIAL TO SALVATION AND THERE ARE THOSE REJECT THAT REQUIREMENT. THOSE WHO REJECT WATER BAPTISM AS A PREREQUISITE TO SALVATION. Max Lucado T.D. Jakes John MacArthur Charles Stanley Billy Graham Joel Osteen Rick Warren Jimmy Swaggart Chuck Colson Charles Swindoll Jerry Falwell Joyce Meyer And all "Faith Only" preachers. THOSE WHO BELIEVED WATER BAPTISM WAS AND IS ESSENTIAL FOR SALVATION The Apostle Peter The Apostle Andrew The Apostle James the son of Zebedee The Apostle John The Apostle Philip The Apostle Bartholomew The Apostle Thomas The Apostle Matthew The Apostle James son of Alphaeus The Apostle Simon the Zealot The Apostle Thaddaeus The Apostle Matthias Acts 2:37-38 Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren,what shall we do?" Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. All twelve apostles believed water baptism was essential to the forgiveness of sins. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ananias believed water baptism was essential to be saved. Acts 22:1-16.....10 And I said, 'What shall I do, Lord?' And the Lord said to me , 'Get up and go on to Damascus, and there you will be told of all that has been appointed for you to do'........12 "A certainAnanias .....16 Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized,and wash away your sins, calling on His name. Ananias, a spokesman for Jesus, told Saul to be baptized to wash away his sins. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Apostle Paul believed water baptism was essential for the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 2:12-13 having been buried with Him in baptism, ......13 ....He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jesus, the Son of God, believes water baptism precedes salvation. Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; ........ Shall be saved does not mean already has been saved. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- If you are looking for answers about faith and practice of Christianity under the New Covenant, should you look to Ananias, the apostles, and Jesus or should your spiritual guidance come from men who deny that water baptism is essential to forgiveness from sin? Do you really want to follow the teaching of men who say you can be saved before you are baptized in water? THERE ARE NO DRY-CLEANED CHRISTIANS! YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY CHRISTIAN BLOG. Google search >>> steve finnell a christian view