You be the judge

Published 3:45 pm Friday, July 31, 2009

In some areas of the religious world, there is some controversy about Baptism.

Most Christians agree that in the King James Bible, Jesus said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be dammed” (St. Mark 16:16).

In this positive statement, Jesus left no room for doubt. In the third Chapter of John, we read that Jesus said that water baptism was essential in order to enter the Kingdom of God. In the incident recorded here Jesus was dealing with Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. Jesus told Nicodemus that he would have to be born of water and of the Spirit.

Being “born of water” is water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ. Much argument has been presented against this truth.

The Bible makes it very clear that the proper mode of baptism is by one immersion in water, it is foolish to try to argue otherwise.

When Philip baptized the Ethiopian eunuch they both went down into the water (Acts 8:38). If Philip had been using any other ordinance other than immersion, it would not have been necessary for him to go into the water.

A new convert must be baptized according to the mode and formula given in the Bible. With this he has no choice. Obedience to the scriptural plan is essential. This calls for one immersion in water in the name of Jesus. Otherwise the candidate is not baptized.

“One Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5). Neither is there salvation in any other because there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).

The remission of sins can only happen in his name, remember “Thou shalt call his name Jesus for he shall save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations beginning at Jerusalem (Luke 24:47).

It all began in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost.

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). Do note the first and second chapter there were about 120 in the upper room as well as the mother of Jesus (Acts 1:14-15).

Peter went on to say, “For the promise is unto you and to you children and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call (Act 2:39).

1. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the father by him (Colossians 3:17).

2. In Samaria, when Philip preached Jesus there was great joy in Samaria. “Only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 8:16).

3. In Damascus, the Apostle Paul was baptized in the name of Jesus. “Arise, and be baptized and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16).

4. In Caesarea the Gentiles in the home of Cornelius, the Apostle Peter did not give them any choice, but commanded them, “And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord” (Acts 10:48).

5. In Ephesus, the Apostle Paul found disciples who had been baptized unto John’s baptism. This was a baptism unto repentance only and it was necessary for them to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

This proves beyond any doubt, the fact is that a person must be baptized according the biblical pan. If he is not baptized according to the scriptures he is still not baptized.

“When they head this thy were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 19:5).

Water baptism is the means God has chosen by which we identify with him. When we are immersed in water we take on his name and acknowledge him over our lives.

In water baptism we bury the old nature we had “our old man.”

“Buried with him in baptism” (Colossians 2:12).

The church is the betrothed bride of Christ. The bride always takes the name of her husband. Jesus is soon coming for his bride and that bride must bear his name.

“Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name” (Acts 15:14).

Now you be the judge have you been baptized in the name of Jesus, as the scripture hath said?

Do you want to take the chance and not do it?