Scripture says that Jesus instructed His disciples to "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age."(Matthew Ch 28)
What is Baptism: "Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, 'Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him.' Jesus answered him, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.' Nicodemus said to him, 'How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?' Jesus answered, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born anew.' The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit.' Nicodemus said to him, 'How can this be?' Jesus answered him, 'Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand this? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen; but you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.'" (John Ch3)
The ceremony of Baptism therefore enables us to enter the Kingdom of Heaven through our spritual birth.
Entry to the Kingdom of Heaven in this way cannot be denied as we see when John the Baptist "saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You brood vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit that befits repentance." (Matthew Ch 3) and when Jesus said "Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has risen no one greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and men of violence take it by force "(Matthew Ch 11)
There are other ways to enter the Kingdom of Heaven e.g. 'Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.'." (Mark 10). "Not everyone who says to me 'Lord, Lord' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven" (Matthew Ch 7) "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ....." (Matthew Ch 5)
Note 1: Jesus was baptised by John "for thus it is fitting for us to fulfil all righteousness. ..... And when Jesus was baptised, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, 'This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.'" (Matthew Ch 3) thus confirming His entry into the Kingdom of Heaven and His sonship of the King of Kings.
Note 2: Like our natural birth which is carried out with a certain amount of local custom, necessary and otherwise, a good deal of the the ceremony around our spiritual birth depends on local custom. However the main thing is that we are baptised, the reason being that eternal life comes solely through the Kingdom of Heaven where God the Son is King and the only route to God the Father. For us then the road of eternal life can begin at baptism and end up, throught the power of God, hopefully in the Kingdom of God the Father where the righteous will shine like the sun.
Any Christian can baptise another Christian and it is done by completely submerging them in water as a symbol of washing away an old life and beginning a Christ-like life. The act itself is a showing of our obedience to Christ's instructions. Be aware, that some churches require you to be baptised at their church in order to be a member of it. In reality, it is between yourself and Christ and doesn't require the blessing of a man-made religion or church.
Baptism serves four purposes: 1. It is for the remission of sins. 2. It admits the repentant person to membership into the Church and to the kingdom of God on earth. 3. It is the gate to the highest degree of glory in the kingdom of heaven, that is, it start a person out on the straight and narrow path which leads to eternal life. 4. It is a means whereby the door to personal sanctification is opened.
Baptism is also symbolic of a new birth.
BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT -
It is an infilling of the Holy Spirit that empowers the believer to operate in the Gifts of the Spirit
BAPTISM IN WATER -
John said that he batised in water but there was one coming after him that would baptise with the Holy Spirit and with fire. Water baptism is obsolete for the remission of sins. Water baptism was done prior to the death and resurrection of Christ to PREPARE THE WAY for the Lord.
After Christ died and rose we baptise in water as a profession of our faith and we Baptise with the Holy Spirit because He came at Pentecost as instructed by Christ Himself.
The ceremony of Baptism is when you the holy water clears your mortal sin from Adam and Eve. It also makes you become a part of God's family.
I believe that Baptism is a symbol, an IMPORTANT Symbol, but a symbol. It symbolizes that you are Christian to the church(or community), and are in need of advice and consoling on God and his teachings. Now, as you read through The book of Acts, you will notice that most of the people who are saved happens at different times that people are saved. So we see that Baptism itself is just a ceremony and it is the intent itself that matters(like sin). HOWEVER, this is just my viewpoint on the matter and not everyone will agree with me. FEEL FREE TO RESPOND TO MY ANSWER AND TELL ME WHT YOU THINK!!!!!!!!! And I'm sorry i can't give you a more detailed description, Class is about to end.
Baptism is a sign of submission to God's will and a remission of sins. This makes Jesus baptism curious as it suggests that he was not without sin before his baptism. Also curious that John The Baptist is recorded in the gospels as hearing the voice of God say "This is my son, of whom I am well pleased," and yet apparently forgets this later on when he asks from his prison cell "Are you the one the prophesies speak of." Not the only interesting case of forgetfulness by those close to Jesus but one of the most interesting
Depending on which baptism you are referring to either the baptism by fire or water baptism. I will only add something to the question pointed toward water baptism. Water baptism is portrayed as an outward portrayal of an inward decision to identify oneself to the lordship of thein faith and practice.
We are in essence, being lowered (emmerced) into water portraying Christ as He washed Himself completely in His own blood by death for the remission of our sins. We are in fact, identiying ourselves dead to sin in agreement with His work.
Please see question "What is the ceremony of Baptism"
Answer: The word "baptize" comes from the Greek baÂ·pti'zein, meaning "to dip, to plunge." (A Greek-English Lexicon, by Liddell and Scott) Christian water baptism is an outward symbol that the one being baptized has made a complete, unreserved, and unconditional dedication through Jesus Christ to do the will of Jehovah God. The Scriptures also refer to John's baptism, baptism with holy spirit, and baptism with fire, among others. Mark 1:9, 10: "Jesus . . . was baptized ["immersed," ED, Ro] in the Jordan [River] by John. And immediately on coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being parted. Not baptismal water, but the blood of Jesus cleanses from sin. Jesus made baptism a requirement for his followers. Are children in a position to make an intelligent dedication? The Scriptures give no age requirements for baptism. Still, infants certainly could not become believers, exercise faith, or make a dedication to God. (Acts 8:12) Regarding first-century Christians, historian Augustus Neander states in his book General History of the Christian Religion and Church: "Baptism was administered at first only to adults, as men were accustomed to conceive baptism and faith as strictly connected." Among those who came to John to be baptized was Jesus himself. But why? Knowing that Jesus had no sins to confess, John said: "I am the one needing to be baptized by you, and are you coming to me?" But Jesus' baptism was to symbolize something different. So Jesus replied: "Let it be, this time, for in that way it is suitable for us to carry out all that is righteous." (Matthew 3:13-15) Because Jesus was without sin, his baptism did not symbolize repentance over sin; nor did he need to dedicate himself to God, since he was a member of a nation already dedicated to Jehovah. Rather, his baptism at 30 years of age was unique to him, and it symbolized the presenting of himself to his heavenly Father to do His further will.
Answer: The word "baptize" comes from the Greek baÂ·pti'zein, meaning "to dip, to plunge under water." (A Greek-English Lexicon, by Liddell and Scott) . Christian baptism therefore means being fully dipped, or immersed in water.
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