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THE VERSES, WHICH COMPLETELY REFUTE A SPRINKLING AS WATER BAPTISM ‘AS’ THE SPRINKLING OF CHRISTIAN BABIES
When the New Testament speaks of a sprinkling, it is always the sprinkling of Jesus’ blood, not the sprinkling of water. 1 Pet. 1:2 actually teaches, “[Disciples,] elected according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, [which is not the doctrine of Predestination but means, God knew beforehand who would reject Jesus’ Gospel and who would receive it…] In sanctification for obedience, [or the disciples’ minds being made holy through the truth of the Scriptures to understand God’s will, Rom. 12:1-2,] and the sprinkling of the blood [not water] of Jesus Christ.”
Eph. 5:26, “That Christ might sanctify and cleanse her [His bride of true believers] with the washing of water by the [True] Word! [Not by ritual sprinkling or even by Scriptural water baptism!]” Heb. 10:22, “Let [Jesus’ disciples not unbelieving babies] draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts [spiritually] sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies, [minds or souls and thoughts] washed with pure water, [or the truth of God’s Word.]” As seen, Scripturally, water is always the symbol of the truth of God’s Word, which ‘cleanses and renews the minds or thoughts of Jesus’ disciples,’ (Rom. 12:1-2.) Heb. 12:24, “To Jesus, the Mediator of the New Testament Covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel, [Meaning, “Abel” as a type of the Old Testament Covenant.]”
DID LYDIA AND THE PRISON GUARD “BAPTIZE ALL THE ‘BABIES’ IN THEIR HOUSEHOLDS?
The only Scriptures, which clergy from all the different churches could relate to their sprinkling of ‘spiritual regeneration,’ are those they use entirely out of context. Acts 16:15, (where Lydia and her household were baptized not sprinkled,) and Acts 16:33, (where the prison guard and his household were baptized not sprinkled,) are all they could find to support their sprinkling of babies. And then, they neglect to tell their church members that both these instances were submersions, which signify spiritual immersion into Jesus Christ Himself.
The truth about anything is always in the context. So, let us read the account of the prison guard in the light of verses 30-34. The prison guard asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They said, “[Personally] believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household. [This was not a commandment to baptize babies and entire unbelieving families. They must have known that his children were young adults not babies, because,] then, [clearly before they were baptized,] they spoke the Word of the Lord to Him and to all who were in His house… [Wouldn’t it have been silly to preach the Gospel of Christ to babies?] And immediately he and all his family [accepted Jesus and] were baptized… and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his [believing] household!”
Similarly, when we read the whole chapter 16 of Acts, it becomes clear that Lydia, after she had personally accepted Christ, was baptised “along with her household,” which consisted of adult children or teenagers. Like the household of the prison guard, the household of Lydia were all of an accountable age. They were all capable of understanding the Gospel and could decide for themselves to either reject or accept Jesus.
The story of Lydia and her household began in Acts 16:13, where the writer declared, “…We went out of the city to the riverside… [where they certainly baptized believing disciples by submersion!] and we sat down and spoke to the women we met there…”
· While attempting to ‘prove’ the sprinkling baptism of babies and entire households on the ‘faith’ or church attendance of one person, these clergymen actually nullify their own false gospel! Clearly, these accounts in Acts 16 are not a mandate for the christening of babies, or the christening (or making into Christians) of entire households, families, and nations through this so-called “saving” sacrament.
ADULT BAPTISM? BABY BAPTISM? RE-BAPTISM? CIRCUMCISION FOR ‘COVENANT CHILDREN’?
Water baptism is not a way of salvation; it is obedience to The Only Way to God the Father, Jesus Christ, (Jn. 14:6.) I say it again: even the genuine water baptism, according to the full context of Scripture and the example Jesus Himself set for us in Mt. 3:13-17, is not salvation in itself, as Roman Catholicism, Calvinism, Lutherism, and many other denominations teach through their very unscriptural ‘Baptism of Regeneration.’ Even Scriptural water baptism is merely the figure or symbol of salvation, deliverance, and blessing through personal faith in, acceptance of, and obedience to Jesus Christ Himself, (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5; Gal. 4:6; 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 2:20.)
Outside the Truth of Jesus’ New Testament Covenant, written in His own blood, there exists no salvation, redemption, or blessing.
· One cannot ‘join’ God’s New Testament Covenant or His true body of believers by joining a church.
· One cannot ‘inherit’ God’s covenant from your ancestors through any type of church sacrament or church affiliation.
· One cannot ‘reach’ heaven by attending church services and by doing church duties.
· One cannot ‘hope’ on salvation by outweighing your bad deeds with good deeds, (Romans chapters 2-3.)
The Scriptural water baptism of Jesus’ sincerely believing disciples is not a matter of personal or denominational choice between a baby sprinkling, pouring, or even adult submersion. The only real water baptism is the baptism of disciples as demonstrated and commanded by Jesus Himself, (Mt. 3:13-17; 28:19-20.)
The only authentic baptism was, is, and always will be preached and practiced by all Jesus’ true disciples to demonstrate personal salvation by choice; declaring complete submission to Jesus above all else, (Col. 2:8-15; Rom. Chapter 6.) This submission is openly declared through willing ‘immersion’ into Jesus Himself, (Rom. 1:16-19) — of which water baptism is the symbol of inward faith and complete commitment to Christ.
One can be ‘baptized’ as many times, with as many ‘baptisms’ as possible, but without personal, saving faith, a personal commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and “receiving the love of the truth that one might be saved,” one will surely “perish,” (2 Ths. 2:10.)
· In the full context of God’s Word, we must answer three vital questions before anyone can consider Scriptural water baptism.
1. Do I personally and sincerely believe that Jesus is God’s Son, God Himself, Who became flesh [God Himself became a man] to atone for the sin of all humanity [in the flesh or as a man,] and for my lost and cursed state (or position) of sin without God? (Romans Chapters 2 & 3.)
2. Did I personally and sincerely invite, and accept Jesus into my human spirit, (heart,) mind, (soul,) and into every aspect of my life, thus experiencing the spiritual rebirth according to Jesus’ Scriptural commandments? (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5.)
3. Did I confess my personal sin to God, and asked and received His forgiveness, based exclusively on Jesus’ complete atonement in my place? And am I willing to confess my serious, harmful sins to others, and forgive those who have sinned against me? (Jam. 5:13-18.)
If I can say “I did,” the Scriptural water baptism of believing disciples is definitely for me.
Yet, in deliberate defiance of God’s Holy Word, someone actually had the nerve to tell me that “baptism is not an issue” for her. Supposedly, she was “baptized as a baby” and cannot “baptize herself again!” This poor soul and all others, who were brainwashed by false church systems to believe they were “baptized as babies,” fail to realize that according to the truth of Scripture, they were never baptized at all!
WHAT IS THE TRULY SCRIPTURAL METHOD AND MEANING OF WATER BAPTISM JESUS’ WAY? OF WATER BAPTISM?
The truly contextual verse that explains the Scriptural water baptism of Jesus’ believing disciples is Acts 8:37, which was omitted from some New Translations of the Bible. The new translations of the Bible that exclude such vital verses is mainly used in churches such as the Dutch and other Reformed Churches, which reject the genuine, Scriptural baptism of believers.
· In the passage of Acts 8:37, the Holy Spirit sent Philip to the eunuch from Ethiopia to explain the Gospel of Christ from the Old Testament Scriptures. He asked, “Do you understand [what you are reading…? Then, having explained the meaning of the Scriptures to the Ethiopian,] they came to water, and the eunuch said, ‘See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?’ Philip answered, “If you believe with all your heart, you may [be water baptized.]’ He answered, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” So, he commanded the chariot to stand still. Both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. Now when they came up out of the water…”
Footnote, 1991 Spirit Filled Bible, “It is the personal response of faith on the occasion of baptism that saves. In early Christianity water baptism was closely linked to the initial confession of faith. [Sadly,] this is not usually the case today.”
· Babies or young children cannot understand the Gospel, personally believe in Jesus, confess their sin, or take the responsibility of being His disciple, (Mt. 11:29-30.) Therefore, a baby and other church conformers [who do not know the true Gospel of Christ,] are unbelievers, and can never be baptized Scripturally as Jesus Himself commanded, and as His true disciples practiced baptism in the Bible, and through the ages.
Nevertheless, some unbaptized, baby-sprinkling adherent still chose to challenge God’s truth, and asked sarcastically, “When we eat holy communion, (sincere believers eat The Lord’s Supper, not this ‘saving’ Roman Catholic sacrament,) we do not eat a whole bread and drink a whole bottle of wine, do we? So, why would you submerge yourself in water if baptism is a symbol of salvation, and a sprinkling does the job just fine?”
As said, human opinion does not impress God. Jesus Himself neither demonstrated nor commanded us to eat a whole bread and drink a whole bottle of wine at the Lord’s Supper, but He did demonstrate and command submersion into water for His sincerely believing disciples!
· The Greek word baptismos, from which the word ‘baptism’ was derived, will always mean ‘submerge,’ or ‘wash,’ [N.T. Greek Dictionary; Strong’s Concordance.] Thus, the word ‘bapto,’ as used everywhere in New Testament Scripture, always means ‘to submerge.” ‘Baptizo’ means, “I baptize” or “I submerge.”
· Throughout Scripture and even practically, ‘bapto’ can never be interpreted as sprinkling, (rantizo or raino in Greek,) or pouring, (cheno in Greek) – except in false doctrines, which deliberately twist Scripture, add to God’s Word, or subtract from the contextual truth of the Bible.
It is important to baptize believers by submersion, as “bapto” signifies the spiritual “clothing [or submersing of the sincere believer] with Christ,” (Gal. 3:27.) Hence, Jesus (as our example) and all His truly believing disciples, were submerged in water to signify their allegiance to the New Testament Covenant and the God and Christ of this Covenant, Jesus Himself.
· As we have seen, Jesus and all His true disciples preached exactly the same Scriptural baptism, which Jesus Himself practiced in Mt. 3:13-17, and also commanded in Mt. 28:19-20.
This is Jesus’ True Gospel, which governs the course of the entire New Testament dispensation; stripped of all church doctrines.
It is a Gospel so uncomplicated a child can understand every word.
Why did so many segments of Christianity replace Jesus’ commandment with so many complicated church doctrines and so-called ‘saving’ church sacraments, instead of believing and obeying Jesus “as a little child?” Because Christianity has always used the water baptism in one way or another as a political and religious tool to multiply members for their church systems in Christian countries, instead of making real, believing disciples for the Spiritual Kingdom of God. (Christening actually means, ‘to make babies into church Christians through the baby ‘baptism.’)
SCRIPTURAL WATER BAPTISM IS A COMMANDMENT OF JESUS
Jesus’ baptism is a powerful symbol of the inward, spiritual rebirth of sincerely believing disciples of Christ. The Biblical water baptism of true disciples is a once-off declaration that the disciple has died to the world, sin, and self, (Gal. 2:20,) and it is therefore an absolute turning point in the life of every sincere believer, which can never be repeated. Satan hates the real water baptism, because, as a commandment of Jesus Himself, it is compulsory to all personally born again believers. However, because it is a personal choice to obey Jesus above all else, it is not humanly enforceable. Still, Jesus did not demonstrate the method of water baptism so that we can choose to ignore or replace His commandment with a meaningless church sacrament. Should we choose to disobey Jesus, He will surely hold us responsible for such disobedience, (Mt. 7:21-24.)
There is no way we could mistake Jesus’ commandment, or believe that His own baptism had ‘changed’ or had been ‘annulled’ in some way, as this is not even suggested anywhere in Scripture.
The last commandment Jesus entrusted to His believing disciples in Mt. 28:18-20 was as follows, “All authority was given to Me in heaven and on earth [and I give you all the authority necessary to obey and follow Me.] Go therefore, and make [believing, obedient] disciples from all the nations, baptizing [these believing disciples] in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching [these disciples] to observe all things that I [Jesus and not church doctrines] have commanded you, and lo, I Am with you always, even to the end of this world.”
Footnote, Spirit Filled Bible, “While Jesus’ ministry had been to Israel, [before the cross under the Old Testament Covenant,] (see Mt. 10:5-6, Jn. 7:39,) proclamation of, and adherence to His Lordship is here extended to all the nations. His disciples are to acknowledge openly their allegiance to Christ by water baptism, which is ministered under the authority of the [Scriptural] Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The content of the disciples’ future teaching would stem from what Jesus had commanded them. Jesus assured them of His constant presence as they go on their divinely commanded mission [to spread His true Spiritual Kingdom throughout the whole world.]”
SCRIPTURAL WATER BAPTISM IS THE WILL OR ‘COUNSEL’ OF GOD: Lu. 7:29-30
Our obedience to Jesus’ commandment to baptizo [or submerge] ourselves in water according to His own example, “acknowledges the justice of God in calling us to repentance” from useless, traditional rituals and false interpretations of Scripture, (Lu. 7:29.)
· Luke declared in Chapter 7:29-30, “When all the people heard [Jesus,] even the tax collectors, [who were perceived as the worst sinners of all,] justified God, being baptized with the baptism of [submersion into water, which signifies our immersion into Christ, as demonstrated by the Jesus Himself.] But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, not being baptized…”
That is why we can directly relate willful, Pharisaical disobedience to Jesus’ own commandment to Scripturally baptize true believers, to His confrontational questions in Mt. 21:24-25, “The baptism [which I command My disciples in Mt. 28:19,] where did it come from? From heaven or from the people? For if it came from heaven, why do you not believe Me and obey? And for how long will you reject the counsel of God, being not baptised?” – (Mt. 21:25-26; Lu. 7:29-30.)
SCRIPTURAL WATER BAPTISM IS A SPIRITUAL FUNERAL AND RESURRECTION FROM SPIRITUAL DEATH
Through the ages, Satan and his religious followers have done everything in their power to keep sincere believers from the truth concerning Scriptural water baptism. Satan would not have gone to so much trouble if water baptism was ‘optional,’ or a so-called impersonal ‘saving’ church sacrament your parents could do in your place.
Peter clarifies the importance of the Scriptural water baptism in 1 Pet. 3:21, “There is also an antitype which now saves us — baptism; not the removal of the filth of the flesh, [not the removal of our sins through the water itself because only the blood of Jesus washes our sins away,] but the answer to a good conscience toward God through the resurrection of Jesus Christ… [our obedience to Jesus’ call to be spiritually born again through faith in Him, Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5.]”
In Rom. 6:1-21, Paul explained this spiritual ‘resurrection’ from water baptism as the symbol of Jesus’ physical resurrection from the grave.
Firstly, We must die to sin, sinful desires, false beliefs, etcetera, so sin can have absolutely no hold on, or power over us, the truly born again disciples of Christ! Without ‘crucifying’ our sin-nature and sinful beliefs and thoughts, none of Jesus’ disciples can live in Him! We ourselves must decidedly ‘crucify’ our sinful beliefs and thoughts by repenting from it to turn wholeheartedly and single-mindedly to Jesus. Paul wrote in Gal. 2:20-21 that he “died [spiritually and emotionally to the Old Testament, outward, ceremonial law, or to legalism and religiosity] “to live in Christ.” At any given time, only one king can rule in the human temple. Therefore, Paul declared, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ Who lives in me. The life, which I now live in the flesh, [as a human being one earth,] I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through [my futile human efforts to keep] the law, [or by keeping ritual sacraments in the church,] then Christ died in vain.”
Secondly, We must be buried once we died to sin and self or we will stink up the whole world. Paul explained in Rom. 6:1-23, “…As many [believing disciples] who [spiritually] died [to their state of sin without Christ and to the lusts of the world] and were [water] baptized into Christ Jesus, were baptized into His death… so that the [former crucified ] body of sin [or the state of sin that we inherited from Adam and Eve] might be done away with [or symbolically buried under water,] that we should no longer be slaves of sin…” (Rom. 5:12-13; 6:1-14.) We must bury the dead; [those who have sincerely accepted Christ but still have not obeyed Him to baptize themselves in water;] otherwise they drag their old , stinking corpses of sin with them wherever they go. Such undead “zombies” or unbaptized believers will infect everyone with false doctrine and other sin; turning everyone around them into slaves of [death or] sin.
Thus, all those who truly surrendered to Christ can hardly wait to be water baptized as per Jesus’ own example! Only those who do not crucify the ‘old man of sin’ but instead, choose to hold on to sin and the world, are satisfied to continue believing in worthless religious doctrines and church sacraments such as the baby ‘baptism.’ Someone wisely said, “When we see the Light, we see the water [because we see Jesus and the truth of God’s Word]!” Without the True Light, people choose to ignore the water: the truth of God’s Word, and consequently, they think they can skip the water baptism of believers, (1 Pt. 1:21; Eph. 5:25-26.) Sadly, pervertors of Jesus’ real baptism ridicule His sincere disciples as “crocodiles, dragging everyone to water…” May God forgive them and convict them of the truth of His Word; “for they know not what they do.”
Thirdly, There must be a resurrection from this water ‘grave,’ followed by a brand new life[style] in Christ according to His full, contextual Word. Hence, “we [or rather, our old, crucified, “carnal nature of sin”] were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together [with Him] in the likeness of His death, certainly, we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection…”
Just as the Father blessed the completely human Man Jesus at His water baptism, Jesus’ baptism by submersion still carries the full sanction of God the Father on the new spiritual life of each of His earnestly believing disciples, (Mt. 3:13-17.) And so, Jesus’ baptism was not merely commanded by Jesus and by John, Peter, Paul, all the other disciples, but it was also practiced by all Jesus’ true believers through the ages.