Water Baptism….Just Symbolic?????

 

water baptismIn no way am I a theologian, most of my ministry is based on the common sense of the Bible. The deep things, I leave the Holy Ghost to reveal. So in this brief blog, I am asking a question, to those who might be more biblical knowledgeable than I am. So my question is simple, when did water baptism just become symbolic only and not needed????

Is this modern theology of such doctrine as the Sinner’s Prayer and so on, it seem that one just has to believe on the Lord Jesus, and suddenly they are saved. In a past blog, we went into detail on this doctrine, check link below if will for that. But it seems less and fewer people are saying that they are saved and have not went anywhere near the pool or water. And again, I am not theologian, so what does the Bible says about it.

We see the Enoch in Acts, the 8th chapter and once he heard the Gospel from Phillip and believed, he just didn’t stop at his believing, but he came upon some water and asked the question, what hinder you for me not to be baptized.

In Acts 9, it seems that Paul was saved doing his conversion, yet when it eyes was open from being blind, what was the first thing that Paul did? Did he go preach, did he go and start a church, nope……he went and was baptized.

In Acts, the 10th chapter, Peter is preaching the gospel to Gentiles House of Cornelius, and the Bible says yet while Peter preached, the Holy Ghost fell on them and they spake with tongues. Ye the question was asked by those around Peter, we see them speak in tongues, so they have the Holy Ghost like we do, so does that mean that they don’t have to be baptize? And Peter commanded them, not it will be a nice thing to do, but he commanded them to be baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. So here it seems three examples of people who believed and were baptized. One example even shows it commanded them to be baptized, even after they had received the Holy Ghost.

While I agree that water baptism is symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord, there is reason for it that makes it more than symbolic. In Acts 2:38 it says Repent and be baptized (who) every one of you (how) in the Name of Jesus Christ (for what) for the remission of your sins, (and what will happen) ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. No where else in the Bible that I know of (not being a theologian) where it says your sins are remitted without water baptism. Water baptism is more than a public confession, it is a part of salvation.

Now some of you might say, but that Peter and Paul, and the rest of those humans talking, what did Jesus say? I am glad that you asked that. Jesus (for you red-letter only Christians) said in Mark, the 16th chapter, to go into all the world and preach the Gospel, and he (or she) that believes and IS BAPTIZED, shall be saved. Not he or she just believes only, but they who believes and is BAPTIZED shall be saved. Jesus said, it, not T. Byron, not your pastor, your Bishop, not the Chief Apostle, not the TV evangelist, but Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, said he that believes and is BAPTIZED shall be saved.

So Yes! Water baptism is symbolic in how we take on the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord, but it is also a commandment from Him as well. So if you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and have not been baptized…..find some water and let nothing hinder you to be baptized. For water alone does not save, but it does put one in good standing with God, as we have obeyed the commandment from the Lord.

 

THE SINNER’S PRAYER

 

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Published on May 7, 2014 at 2:16 am  Leave a Comment  

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