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Must I Be Baptized?
by the Spirit takes place the
moment the Holy Spirit enters a persons
life. This baptism only happens after
he or she has received Jesus Christ as
Saviour and Lord. The Bible very clearly
states we are NOT Christians if we do
not have the Holy Spirit living within
us. Romans 8:9 But ye are not
in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so
be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.
Now if any man have not the Spirit of
Christ, he is none of his. [KJV] Whoever
does not have the Spirit of God dwelling
in them are NOT Godís children. 1 Corinthians
12:13 For by one Spirit are we
all baptized into one body, whether we
be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond
or free; and have been all made to drink
into one Spirit. [KJV] It is ONLY
by the Spirit, ONLY by the renewing of
the Holy Ghost, that we are made members
of Christís body (Christians, Godís children,
born again). EVERYONE will one day be
baptized . . . either now (willingly)
by Godís Holy Spirit, or later by the
fire of His judgment that will send millions
baptism is an outward display
of what has happened inside the believer.
Baptism by immersion shows the death of
our old nature (when we go under the water),
and the birth of our new nature (when
one is raised up). Colossians 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein
also ye are risen with him through the
faith of the operation of God, who hath
raised him from the dead. [KJV] Baptism
corresponds with the death, burial, and
resurrection of Jesus, and it also pictures
or represents the death and burial of
our sinful old life followed by our resurrection
to a brand new life in Christ. Remembering
that our old sinful life is dead and buried
gives us a powerful motive to resist sin.
We no longer want the evil and lustful
desires of our past to come back to power
Colossians 3:1-3 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek
those things which are above, where Christ
sitteth on the right hand of God. 
Set your affection on things above, not
on things on the earth.  For ye are
dead, and your life is hid with Christ
in God. [KJV] Baptism is an outward
sign of commitment. To be effective, it
must be accompanied by an inward change
of attitude, that leads to a changed lifeóthe
work of the Holy Spirit.
Our Saviour and Lord, Jesus
was baptized, giving us an example to
Matthew 3:13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan
unto John, to be baptized of him. [KJV] Jesusí baptism was just one
step in fulfilling His earthly mission:
identifying with our humanity and sin.
Jesus was baptized for the sins of the
nation, and us. Jesus was the perfect
human who didnít need baptism for His
repentance, but He submitted to baptism
on our behalf, to identify with us.
Acts 2:38 Then
Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized
every one of you in the name of Jesus
Christ for the remission of sins, and
ye shall receive the gift of the Holy
Ghost. [KJV] If you want to follow
Christ, you must "repent and
be baptized." To repent means
to turn from sin, changing the direction
of your life from selfishness and rebellion
against Godís laws. When we repent, we
turn TO Christ, depending on Him for forgiveness,
mercy, and guidance. We can never save
ourselves; only God can save us. When
we submit to baptism, it identifies us
with Christ and with other believers.
It is a condition of our discipleship
and a sign of our faith.
Acts 22:16 And
now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized,
and wash away thy sins, calling on the
name of the Lord. [KJV] Baptism
washes away our sins; and we receive the
comfort of Godís pardoning of our sins
in and through Christ Jesus.
Acts 8:37 And
Philip said, If thou believest with all
thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered
and said, I believe that Jesus Christ
is the Son of God. [KJV] The Ethiopian
understood that by expressing simple reliance
on Christ for salvation by faith, and
complete devotion to Him, he could be
baptized. One word of warning: God knows
if you are sincere in your commitment
to Christ. People may not know, but God
Baptism and the Lordís Supper
are the two symbolical ordinances of the
New Testament. The Supper (Communion)
symbolizes our remembering Christ until
He returns and Baptism the work of the
Spirit. As in the Supper, bread and wine
used in this ordinance symbolizes the
great work of Christ, so too in Baptism,
water symbolizes the death and resurrection
of our old self to a new person made possible
by the Holy Spirit of God.
While baptism is not necessary
for salvation, it demonstrates a personís
willing submission to Christ, our taking
a stand with Him. The thief on the cross
was not baptized, but he most certainly
gained eternal life in Heaven. Luke
23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say
unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me
in paradise. [KJV]
Baptism also demonstrates
a personís willingness to live Godís way.
Jesus Himself stressed its importance. Matthew 28:19 Go
ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father, and of
the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: [KJV] We are to be baptized because baptism
unites a believer with Jesus Christ in
his or her death to sin and resurrection
to new life. Baptism symbolizes submission
to Christ, showing we are willing to live
Godís way, and to identify with Christ
Jesus and with Godís covenant people.
Some are not able to be
baptized by reason of illness or handicap.
God understands that.
But, if you are a believer,
and are able to be baptized, do it today.
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