Beauty of Baptism

Watched this today, thought it was pretty cool.

Acts 2:38 – Peter said to them, ” Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 

Romans 6:4 – Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

Galatians 3:27-29 – For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.

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10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by jay8514 on April 27, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    I agree, pretty cool

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  2. Posted by Patty on April 28, 2007 at 1:33 am

    Victor what do you think about water baptism when people with all different understandings of truth come to it. Are their conversions honored by God because of their desire to love God and accept Jesus as Lord.There probably is no easy answer. What were the beliefs of the people in the video ot the other videos on the link, does it matter?

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  3. Posted by JohnO on April 28, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    To Patty, I would say that God honors those who respond to the Gospel in baptism. They don’t have to have it all figured out at their baptism. Baptism is the beginning, which implies that they will grow in maturity and knowledge. Of course, if they don’t grow, they will not bear fruit. And fruit is required.

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  4. Posted by Patty on April 28, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    John Good answer Can you have genuine fruit with wrong doctrine? Or is fruit fruit? I would be interested in answers , however let me say that God alone truly can answer this. he will have mercy on whom he will have mercy. He alone is the fruit inspector.

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  5. Posted by JohnO on April 29, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    Well, I was in an interesting conversation yesterday, and Once-Saved-Always-Saved (OSAS) came up. So, if you believe in OSAS, can you still be saved. Yes, because you can still persevere. The doctrine merely gives you much more lattitude for not persevering. So you can have fruit and believe that. It just isn’t very conducive. I think that is a good example.

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  6. Posted by Patty on April 29, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    Well I can understand what you are saying John O and I agree. But my question was about the people on the videos etc. This may be a subject that we should not “go there”.

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  7. Hey Patty. Thanks for your comments, sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you, it was a busy weekend here on our end.

    I initially posted the video because of the picture of many different people turning their life to the Lord and submitting to baptism. I think that baptism is amazing, beautiful, powerful and biblical and I really love to be apart of one, even as a spectator only.

    I do not know the doctrinal stance of the people in the video however, and that is a critical issue as well. That wasn’t really what I was highlighting, but your comments raise important questions.

    One must repent and believe the gospel of the Kingdom. One must believe and live for the One God of the Bible, the Father of the Messiah Jesus. When you die, you’re dead. The Kingdom of God is the hope of the righteous and the them of the gospel. These are all critical issues we must share with people.

    And, equally as important, the people who repent and hear the true gospel must exhibit fruit. Scripture is clear on this – any tree that does not bear fruit will be cut down and thrown in the fire. The tree starts from the seed initially planted. They are all connected.

    And one who hears the gospel and repents must be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin. This is a part of the whole process.

    For those who do not believe water baptism is a part of Christianity today – do you have a good answer to why it is over? Can they explain the baptism that we are commanded to do as a part of the great commission. There are all important to consider.

    In the meantime, how beautiul it is to see people turn to God and be baptized.

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  8. They THINK they have good answers why water baptism is over. They most always point to “John baptized with water but you shall be baptized in the holy ghost.” But the word “but” doesn’t always make the two things mutually exclusive, like with I Cor. 8:1 – “Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies.” that doesn’t mean we should have love and not knowledge. (There’s more to this for anyone that wants to know –
    http://www.godskingdomfirst.net/Baptism.htm)

    The other biggest answer I have heard is that water baptism was part of the Old Testament Law and we are no longer under the Law. But water baptism, both as John taught it, and as Jesus commanded it, was not part of the Old Covenant, and was never mentioned in Paul’s epistles when he talked about the Old Covenant elements being done away with.

    I think those are the two biggest “answers” that people give for water being done away with.

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  9. The importance of baptism is best demonstrated by the fact that 3,000 people were baptized on the day of Pentecost. What a lot of trouble that was for something that isn’t important or necessary!

    I also remind people that Israel was baptized in the Red Sea, they then were rejected by God until the original generation had died off in the desert and were baptized (and circumcized) again through the Jordan river. God was making a point about Baptism being “the door” I believe.

    I don’t know about you, but if the Apostles, who wrote the New testament, repeatedly baptize people immediately, they obviously thought it was more important than an optional and simply symbolic act of faith.

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  10. Posted by norm on April 13, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    I would like to interject a thought here. 1 Pet 3:18-21

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