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Posted 21 February 2003 - 06:55 PM

CHRIST AND THE APOSTLES INSISTED ON BAPTISM

John the Baptist insisted on baptism (are we surprised?):

Matthew 3:
5Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
6And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.


Mark 1:
4John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.


Luke 3:
3And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;


Christ insisted on baptism (including his own):

Matthew 3:
13Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
14But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
15And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.


Mark 1:
9And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.


Mark 16:
15And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.


John 3:
5Jesus 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.
22After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.


Paul insisted on baptism:

Romans 6:
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4Therefore 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.


Galatians 3:
27For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.


Peter insisted on baptism:

Acts 2:
37Now 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?
38Then 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 Spirit.


1 Peter 3:
21The 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


Paul was told he must be baptized without fail, and without delay:

Acts 22:
16And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.


Paul insisted on baptism:

Acts 16:
30And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
32And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
33And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.


Interesting quote for consideration by those who refuse to be baptised:

Luke 7:
29And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.
30But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.


Baptism is important element in the gospel message:

Mark 16:
16He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;


Acts 2:
37Now 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?
38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,
41Then they that gladly received his word were baptized:


Acts 16:
29Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
30And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
32And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
33And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.


This is in absolute obedience to Mark 16:16 - word for word.

Although it may not appear so on first reading, this quote is a very powerful argument for the necessity of baptism. If believe on the Lord Jesus Christ’ was sufficient for salvation, there would have been no need for baptism.

Furthermore, it is evident that the baptism here was required as the outward sign of the inward faith. The word ‘believe’ means ‘to have faith’, and it is evident that the first act by which this man and his family were to demonstrate their faith was baptism.

This is congruent with the apostolic doctrine that we are saved by faith and works.

Not faith alone, and not works alone. Nor are we saved by our works - we are saved because of our faith which is shown in our works.

Remember, the only works we ever do are merely an acknowledgment of the grace of God to save us from death - and what more symbolic act of God’s raising us from the dead than baptism?

Acts 10:
47Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
48And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.


I’ve highlighted the two most important phrases, and it’s not hard to see why they are important:

Can any man forbid water?

He commanded them to be baptized.

Firstly, we see that the ‘baptism of the Holy Spirit’, if this is what we want to call it, did not prevent the baptism of water.
In fact, it was insufficient without it.

Secondly, we see that Peter commands baptism, even after these individuals have been ‘baptized with the Holy Spirit’, as you would say.

What is the meaning of this? The non-baptizing christian is at a loss to explain why his own conduct is tacitly condemned by Peter.
But to the one who understands the significance of baptism, it is clear.

The gift of the Holy Spirit was from God - it was a sign of His favour towards those on whom He bestowed His authority. It was something God did to show His favour.

The baptism of the individual was from the individual - it was a sign of his acknowledgement of the gift of God.
It was something the individual did to acknowledge the favour of God.

Edited by Dave Hudson, 30 April 2007 - 01:41 AM.





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