Baptism should be as simple as it was at the origin
Beloved, today’s theme concerns the baptism that makes us become disciples of Christ. The Lord has inpired me this morning to write about baptism, with priority.
Before continuing, let see this message of our Lord and Saviour:
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.
17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The message is clear, at the verse 19 the Lord told the disciples to baptize people so that they become his disciple.
Also read these verses:
15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
What is baptism, exactly? To answer this question, let’s see a biblical passage:
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.
14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.
You certainly understood that it is about our Lord Himself who gets baptized. We also see the term water, the Jordan (He got out of the water).
So baptism is to be done in the water.
Let’s see another passage.
23 Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were coming and being baptized.
Here we have water and they specify that there were many. That means we have to go into the water to get baptized. It also means that baptism must be done by total immersion into water to be valid.
Now, what it takes to get baptized?
In Mark 16:16 the Lord says, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. “
Here we have the word believe too times. That makes it a necessary condition. We have to blieve fisrt.
We must believe the Gospel. To be baptized only one condition is necessary and sufficient: Believe in Jesus Christ, son of God, died for us, rose up and will return at the end of the world to take us.
However, I do not understand why the churches do make people wait several weeks or months before they get baptized.
A non-baptized person is not a disciple of Jesus yet, in these conditions, I can not understand why people around the world are waiting involuntarily for months to be disciples of Jesus, while they believed in Jesus. I would call this hostage.
Let us read these verses:
36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”
37 Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.
Beloved, after reading these verses, you can agree with me that there is no reason to make people wait long times in order to get baptized.
Note also that baptism is for responsible persons, not for children because they cannot make decision. Servants of God should impose hands on them as our Lord himself did, and wait until they grow up and decide on their own to get baptized.
So dear Ministers of Jesus, a person who has repented should be baptized without delay. We do not know the destiny of people.
We see in the Bible that Apostles and evangelist like Philip did baptize people. So it is not just for pastors of churches. All Ministeres of Jesus can Baptize.
If you read this message and you are one of those waiting involuntary, contact ESAM through the contact form. I will call you to make an appointment and make your baptism by total immersion to the pool or the nearest river.
Before concluding, I remind that the Lord said that his return is near. Be prepared.
May our Almighty and Glorious Savior bless you. Amen!
Servant of Christ