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ADULT BAPTISM? BABY BAPTISM? RE-BAPTISM? CIRCUMCISION FOR COVENANT CHILDREN?
Outside the Truth of Jesus’ New Testament Covenant, written in His own blood, there exists no salvation, no redemption, no blessing, and no eternal life in heaven.
· One cannot ‘join’ God’s New Testament Covenant 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.
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 immersion. The only real water baptism is the baptism demonstrated and commanded by Jesus Himself, (Mt. 3:13-17; 28:19-20.)
The only authentic Scriptural baptism was, is, and always will be practiced and preached by all Jesus’ true disciples for the purpose to demonstrate personal faith by choice; declaring complete submission to Jesus above all else, (Col. 2:8-15; Rom. Chapter 6.) This submission is openly declared through willing ‘submersion’ into Jesus Himself, (Rom. 1:16-19) — of which Scriptural 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 state 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 and their pagan Christianized sacraments, fail to realize that she was never really baptized at all!
· Water baptism is not a way of salvation; Jesus Christ is The Only Way to God the Father, (Jn. 14:6.) Even the genuine water baptism, according to the full context of Scripture and the example, which Jesus Himself set for us in Mt. 3:13-17, is not salvation in itself, as Roman Catholicism, Calvinism, Lutherism, and many other Protestant denominations teach through their very unscriptural ‘Baptism of Regeneration.’ Even Scriptural water baptism is merely the figure or symbol of salvation and deliverance 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.)
WHAT IS THE TRULY SCRIPTURAL METHOD AND MEANING OF WATER BAPTISM JESUS’ WAY? OF WATER BAPTISM?
The vital, truly contextual verse explaining the Scriptural baptism of Jesus’ adult, believing disciples, is Acts 8:37, which was omitted from New Translations of the Bible. This new translation of the Bible is used mainly in the Dutch Reformed, Methodist, etc. denominations, which reject the genuine, Scriptural baptism of believers.
In this passage, the Holy Spirit sent Philip to the eunuch from Ethiopia to explain the Gospel of Christ from the Old Testament Scriptures, asking, “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, Spirit Filled Bible, “It is the personal response of faith on the occasion of baptism that saves. In early Christianity water baptism was much more closely linked to the initial confession of faith than, [sadly,] is often the case today.”
A baby or young child cannot understand the Gospel, believe in Jesus personally, confess his or her personal 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, someone still chose to challenge God’s truth, asking 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 immersing 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, [still being 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. 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 Lamb of God 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 in1 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,] 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 crucify our old beliefs and sinful desires so sin can have absolutely no hold on, or power over us, the truly born again disciples of Christ! Without dying to our sin-nature, none of Jesus’ disciples can live in Him! Paul wrote in Gal. 2:20-21 that he died [spiritually and emotionally to the Old Testament, outward, ceremonial law, or legalism and religiosity,] “to live in Christ.” At any given time, only one king can rule in the human temple. Therefore, he stated, “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, 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 the law, [or ritual sacraments in the church,] then Christ died in vain.”
Secondly, Paul explained in Rom. 6:1-23, “…As many [believing disciples] as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death… that the [former, crucified ] body of sin might be done away with, [by symbolically burying it under water,] that we should no longer be slaves of sin…” We must bury the dead; [those who have accepted Christ but still have not obeyed Him to baptize themselves in water;] dragging their old corpses of sin with them. Such ‘undead’ or unbaptized believers will infect everyone with false doctrine, turning everyone around them into slaves of [death or] sin.’ Thus, all those who truly surrender to Christ can hardly wait to be baptized as per Jesus’ own example! Only those who do not crucify the ‘old man of sin’ hold to worthless but pacifying religious doctrines and church sacraments. Someone wisely said, “When we see the Light, we see the water [because we see the truth of God’s Word]!” Without the light, people choose to ignore the water: the truth of God’s Word, and consequently, the baptism of believers. 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; “they know not what they do.”
Thirdly, there has to be a resurrection, followed by a brand new life[style] in Christ according to His full, contextual Word. Therefore, “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 Man Jesus at His water baptism, Jesus’ baptism by emersion still carries the full sanction of God the Father on the new life of each of His earnestly believing disciples, (Mt. 3:13-17.) And so, Jesus’ baptism was not merely commanded by Jesus, John, Peter, Paul, all the other disciples, but also practiced by Jesus and all His true believers through the ages.
SCRIPTURAL WATER BAPTISM IS THE SPIRIT’S CIRCUMCISION OF THE ‘OLD MAN;’ THE “CUTTING AWAY” OF THE BODY OF SIN FROM THE BORN AGAIN HUMAN SPIRIT OF THE BELIEVER DURING WATER BAPTISM
However desperate followers of the Baptism of Regeneration would like to defend this twisted doctrine, as long as they disobey the actual Word of God, they remain unbaptised and also spiritually uncircumcised. Paul taught in Col. 2:11-15, “In Him you [born again believers or true disciples of Jesus,] were also circumcised with the circumcision made without [human] hands, by putting off [or cutting away] the body of the sins of the flesh, [the old sinful nature] by the circumcision of Christ, [at the moment you were] buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God, Who raised Him from the dead. [This too, clearly proves the baptism of submersion, as a corpse cannot be buried by sprinkling or pouring a little soil over it.] And you, being [spiritually] dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, [the old body of sin, which must be cut away in true baptism by the Holy Spirit Himself,] He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements [the ceremonial, sacramental, or ritual temple law of the Old Testament,] that was against us…”
True water baptism is a crucial, non-repeatable, life-changing moment in the innermost being and outward life of a real believer. Jesus’ water baptism is a conscious, participating, spiritual burial, and a spiritual circumcision and resurrection in Christ for sincere believers only. So that none of Jesus’ genuine believers should continue in sin, the New Testament circumcision, which the Holy Spirit Himself performs during Scriptural water baptism, pertains to the blood-cleansed heart or human spirit, (1 Ths. 5:23.)
It is impossible to live a spiritual life that is pleasing to God, should one remain spiritually uncircumcised, not being baptised Jesus’ way. Paul said in Col. 2:8-15: “See to it that no one carries you off as a spoil or makes you captive by his so-called philosophy and intellectualism, following human tradition, (men’s [false ideas and deceitful] doctrines of the material rather than the spirit world)… disregarding the teachings of Christ…”
Regardless of this stern Godly warning, millions of church members have, and still are “disregarding the teachings of Christ” in favour of human church tradition. Col. 2:11-15, the much-abused verses, which supposedly justify the baby sprinkling circumcision, tell the exact opposite of what these deceived people have been taught. “In Him, [during the baptism of sincere believers,] you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without [human] hands, by [cutting away] the body of the sins of the flesh…” By nature, a baby is an unbeliever and incapable of believing in Christ, choosing Christ, living in Christ, and following Christ. Moreover, the ‘covenant of baby circumcision’ is completely unbiblical. Thus, all those who were ‘baptised’ with the baby sprinkling, were not baptized in Christ at all.