Reason for Baptism
|What is the reason for baptism and what procedure
is to be followed?
Verse: Jesus answered, Verily,
verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the
Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. [John 3:5]
What should one do to enter the kingdom
was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that
thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that
thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto
him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he
cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a
man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his
mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say
unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot
enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is
flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not
that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. [John 3:1-7]
These words confused Nicodemus at the time, but we now understand that
Jesus was talking about baptism.
What command did Jesus give to His followers in Mark?
said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every
creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he
that believeth not shall be damned. [Mark 16:15-16]
The command was to go into the world, preach the gospel, and baptize
everyone who believes. Did Peter follow the Lord's instruction?
when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto
Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we
do? 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. For the promise is unto
you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as
the Lord our God shall call. [Acts 2:37-39]
like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the
putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good
conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: [1
What does baptism typify in the book of Romans?
ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were
baptized into his death? 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. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his
death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
In John 3:3-5 baptism is called a birth, while in Romans 6:3-5 it's
called a burial and a resurrection.
Procedure for Baptism
How did Philip perform baptism?
when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of
God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and
women. [Acts 8:12]
they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch
said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 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.
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.
We notice in Acts 8:12 that men and women were baptized by
Philip. Not infants or children. Also note that Philip and
the eunuch "went down both into the water". The baptism of the
eunuch occurred in water.
Was the proper baptism administered by Paul in Acts 19?
came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed
through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain
disciples, 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. And he said unto them, Unto what
then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. 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. When they heard this, they were
baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his
hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with
tongues, and prophesied. [Acts 19:1-6]
John's baptism was good until he baptized Jesus. Then Jesus took
on the responsibility of doing baptism from that time onwards.
Therefore all who were baptized by John after Jesus was baptized, had to
be rebaptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. John was sent
to prepare the way for Jesus. John 3:30 says: He must
increase, but I must decrease. In this age, a valuable baptism
must be perform by one who is connected to the body of Christ.
in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except
it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. [John
What should be done with the person after the minister brings him or
her from the water?
when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had
received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who,
when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the
Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they
were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their
hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. [Acts 8:14-17]
Is the laying on of hands a doctrine?
leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto
perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead
works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and
of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal
judgment. And this will we do, if God permit. [Hebrews 6:1-3]
After coming from the water, the ministers present lay their hands with
prayer on the person for the reception of the Holy Spirit. This
completes two parts of baptism.
What name did Jesus say to use in performing baptism?
therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: [Matthew 28:19]
What is the accepted name of the Father?
LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine
enemies thy footstool. [Psalms 110:1]
Here we have "Lord" as the accepted name of the Father.
What is the son's name?
she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he
shall save his people from their sins. [Matthew 1:21]
As this verse clearly states, the name of the Son is "Jesus".
What name was used for the Holy Spirit?
whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this
mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of
glory: [Colossians 1:27]
Jesus is at the right hand of the Father, while the Holy Spirit dwells
in all believers. Therefore the name used for the Father is
"Lord", the Son is "Jesus", and the Holy Spirit is "Christ" in
performing baptism. Baptism is to be done in the name "Lord Jesus
In order to become a child of God, one
must repent of his/her sins and be baptized. Baptism is to follow
the procedure demonstrated in the Bible. The person being baptized
is to be completely submerged in water and baptized in the name "Lord
Jesus Christ". After baptism, the laying on of hands is to
perfromed for the reception of the Holy Spirit. Baptism signifies
a person's acceptance of Jesus in their lives and therefore should only
be performed on individuals capable of making this choice.