Lesson 11 - Baptism

Introduction

What is baptism? Who should be baptized? What is the purpose of baptism? Only God can give us the answers to these questions. God’s answers are found in the Bible. Let us learn what the Bible teaches about baptism.

Who Should Be Baptized?

The Bible gives us certain requirements which we first must obey before we can be baptized. They are as follows:

  1. One must believe in Jesus Christ before he can be baptized. Jesus said: "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned" (Mark 16:16). How do we come to believe in Jesus? It is by hearing the Word of God; "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17).
  2. One must repent of his sins before he can be baptized. The Bible says: "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins..." (Acts 2:38). Please note that repentance must come before baptism.
  3. Before one can be baptized, he must confess his faith in Christ. "if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation" (Romans 10:9-10).

In other words, one must hear the Word of God, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, repent of his sins, and confess his faith before he can be baptized into Christ. In the Bible we learn that only people old enough to hear, believe, repent, and confess were ever baptized. A newborn baby or small child cannot be baptized. A baby cannot understand about Jesus. A baby cannot repent of sins when he has not done anything, either good or bad. A baby cannot confess his faith in Jesus. Since a baby cannot hear, believe, repent, or confess, he cannot be baptized; "But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized" (Acts 8:12).

How Should One Be Baptized?

There are two ways by which churches baptize people today. One is by pouring or sprinkling water on the person’s head. The other is by burying or immersing a person in water. Which one is correct baptism? The Bible gives the answer.

What is the proper way to baptize? The Bible teaches it is by a burial in water. Therefore sprinkling is not true baptism.

Why Be Baptized?

There are four reasons why we must be baptized:

  1. We must be baptized if we want to be saved. Jesus Himself said: "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned" (Mark 16:16). The apostle Peter said: "There is also an antitype which now saves us — baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 3:21).
  2. We must be baptized if we want to have our sins forgiven. The Bible says: "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38).
  3. We must be baptized if we want to be in Christ. To be "in Christ" means "to be a Christian." The Bible says: "For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ" (Galatians 3:27).
  4. We must be baptized if we want to become a member of the body of Christ. The body of Christ is the church of Christ (Ephesians 1:22,23). The Bible says: "For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body..." (1 Corinthians 12:13).

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Questions

  1. God's answers are found in the .
  2. "He who and is will be saved..." (Mark 16:16).
  3. We come to believe in Jesus by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).
  4. "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38).
  5. In the Bible, we read about babies being baptized. True False
  6. Only people who are old enough to have faith in Christ should be baptized. True False
  7. "But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both and were baptized" (Acts 8:12).
  8. There are ways by which churches baptize people today.
  9. All churches teach the same things about baptism. True False
  10. "Therefore we were 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 of life" (Romans 6:4).
  11. "Now John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was water there. And they came and were baptized" (John 3:23).
  12. Sprinkling, pouring, and immersion are proper ways of baptism. True False
  13. is not true baptism.
  14. We must be baptized if we want to be .
  15. We can be saved without being baptized. True False
  16. "There is also an antitype which now us - baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 3:21).
  17. "For as many of you as were into Christ have Christ" (Galatians 3:27).
  18. "For by one we were all baptized into one ..." (1 Corinthians 12:13).
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