Christian baptism in water is an outward seal, an outward act of obedience, by which such a believer fulfill or complete the inward righteousness, which he already enjoys in his heart through faith in Christ.
It is an outward symbol of an inward reality. It is different from the baptism of John.
It is much greater and fuller spiritual experience.
Water baptism is an ordinance taught by the Bible and so in the full obedience to Christ's command we must go through it.
The believer who undergoes water baptism must walk in newness of life. This he does by the Spirit of holiness, the same power that raised Jesus Himself from the grace (Rom. 1:4). He must commit himself to a new life unto God and unto righteousness (Rom. 8:10).
- The Meaning of Water Baptism: It does not mean conversion or forgiveness of sins. It means identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Rom. 6:4-13).
Who May be Baptized?
- Those who have learned the gospel and believe it. Mark 16:16; Acts 8:36-38.
- Those who have been taught its meaning and significance Matt. 28:19-20.
Any person who cannot or has not meet the above mentioned conditions is not qualified for scriptural baptism.
When Should One be Baptized?
Not when I want to have my sins forgiven.
Not when I decide to join a congregation/denomination.
It is when one is old enough to understand and meet the conditions stated in No. 2.
Also see Acts. 2:41; Acts 8:36; Acts 9:17.18; Acts 10:48; Acts 16:14,15; Acts 16:33.
How Should One be Baptized?
In what name?
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Matt. 28:19).
- What substances is used? Water as we see in all instances of baptism in the Bible.
- Where was baptism performed? IN a river or a pool of water deep enough to permit immersion. (Acts 8:36; Col. 2:3)
- Mode of Baptism – Immersion, which is the adopted mode, and the New Testament practice. (Acts 8:36-39).
- In what name?