who believes and is baptised shall be saved" (Mk 16:16a)
Baptism is not an invention of a man or a Church. God the Father
instituted it (Jn 1:33). God the Son commanded it (Mt 28:19). The apostles
inspired by God the Holy Spirit instructed the believers to be baptised
(Acts 2:38). The early Church consistently practised it (Acts 2:41; 8:12;
9:18; 10:47). The only person who never needed to be baptised was Jesus.
Even John tried to prevent Him. But Jesus said that it was to "fulfil
all righteousness" (Mt 3:15).
spiritual experience is a substitute for water baptism. Cornelius the
military official had his prayers answered and alms approved before God.
He was even baptised with the Spirit and spoke in tongues. But Apostle
Peter "commanded" that he must be baptised in water (Acts
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward experience. It is a
testimony of our identification with the death, burial and resurrection of
the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom 6:3-6). In baptism we symbolically say, "I
die to sin and am buried with Christ (as I submerge under water), and I am
raised with Christ to live for God anew (as I come out of water)."
Baptism should not be thought of as a ritual (1 Pet 3:21). In Baptism we
make a pledge with the Triune God, saying, "From here and now I
belong to You!" The Gospel message is portrayed in the ordinance of
Baptism. It marks a new beginning. Ananias told Paul, "Get up and be
baptized, and have your sins washed away, calling on the Name of the
Lord" (Acts 22:16).
should be baptised immediately after receiving Christ as his personal
Saviour. The three thousand Jews who received Christ on the Day of
Pentecost were baptised the same day (Acts 2:41). The Philippian jailor
was baptised the same night when he believed on Christ (Acts 16:33). Do
not postpone baptism which is a "counsel" of God (Lk 7:30).
Delayed obedience amounts to disobedience.
baptism, whatever be the mode, before personal conversion to Christ is
valid. Where is burial before death? After a nominal Christian or a
non-Christian repents to the "One Father" and believes on the
"One Lord," he must obey in the "One Baptism" as a
testimony to his "One Faith" (Eph 4:5).
what do we see? "It's only water" say we?
would bring ruin; deny the Lord's Word, should we?
only they who see with both eyes clearly,
hold water and Spirit baptisms equally!