WHAT IS THE TRULY SCRIPTURAL METHOD AND MEANING OF WATER BAPTISM JESUS’ WAY? OF WATER BAPTISM?
The vital, truly contextual verse explaining the Scriptural baptism of Jesus’ adult, believing disciples, is Acts 8:37, which was omitted from New Translations of the Bible. This new translation of the Bible is used mainly in the Dutch Reformed, Methodist, etc. denominations, which reject the genuine, Scriptural baptism of believers.
In this passage, the Holy Spirit sent Philip to the eunuch from Ethiopia to explain the Gospel of Christ from the Old Testament Scriptures, asking, “Do you UNDERSTAND…? [Then,] they came to water, and the eunuch said, ‘See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?’ Philip answered, “IF YOU BELIEVE WITH ALL YOUR HEART, YOU MAY.’ He answered, ‘I BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD.” So, he commanded the chariot to stand still. Both Philip and the eunuch WENT DOWN INTO THE WATER, AND HE BAPTIZED HIM. Now WHEN THEY CAME UP OUT OF THE WATER…”
Footnote, Spirit Filled Bible, “It is the personal response of faith on the occasion of baptism that saves. In early Christianity water baptism was much more closely linked to the initial confession of faith than, [SADLY,] is often the case today.”
A baby or young child cannot understand the Gospel, believe in Jesus personally, confess his or her personal sin, or take the responsibility of being His disciple. Therefore, a baby and other church conformers are unbelievers, and can never be baptized Scripturally, as Jesus Himself commanded and as His true disciples practiced baptism in the Bible, and throughout all the ages.
Nevertheless, someone still chose to challenge God’s truth, asking sarcastically, “When we eat holy communion, (sincere believers eat The Lord’s Supper,) we do not eat a whole bread and drink a whole bottle of wine, do we? So why would you submerge yourself in water, if baptism is a symbol of salvation, and a sprinkling does the job just fine?”
Human opinion does not impress God. JESUS neither demonstrated nor commanded us to eat a whole bread and drink a whole bottle of wine at the Lord’s Supper, but He did demonstrate and command submersion into water!
The Greek word baptismos, from which the word ‘baptism’ was derived, ALWAYS means ‘submerge,’ or ‘wash,’ [N.T. Greek Dictionary; Strong’s Concordance.] The word ‘bapto,’ as used everywhere in New Testament Scripture, always means ‘to submerge.” ‘Baptizo’ means, “I baptize” or “I submerge.”
Throughout Scripture and even practically, ‘bapto’ can never be interpreted as sprinkling, (rantizo or raino in Greek,) or pouring, (cheno in Greek) – except in false doctrines, which twists Scripture deliberately, adds to God’s Word, or subtracts from the contextual truth of the Bible.
It is important to baptize believers by submersion, as bapto signifies the spiritual “clothing [or immersing of the sincere believer] with Christ,” (Gal. 3:27.) Hence, Jesus (as our example) and all His truly believing disciples were submerged in water to signify their allegiance to the New Testament Covenant and the God and Christ of this Covenant, Jesus Himself.
As we have seen, Jesus and all Jesus’ true disciples preached exactly the same Scriptural baptism, which Jesus Himself also commanded in Mt. 28:19-20.
This is Jesus’ Own Gospel, which governs the course of the entire New Testament dispensation, stripped of all church doctrines.
It is a Gospel so uncomplicated a child can understand every word.
Why did so many segments of Christianity replace Jesus’ commandment with so many complicated church doctrines and so-called ‘saving’ church sacraments, instead of believing and obeying Jesus “as a little child?” Because Christianity had always used the water baptism in one way or another as a political and religious tool to multiply members for their church systems in Christian countries, not to make real, believing disciples for the Spiritual Kingdom of God. (Christening actually means, ‘to make babies into Christians through the baby ‘baptism.’)
SCRIPTURAL WATER BAPTISM IS A COMMANDMENT OF JESUS
Jesus’ baptism is a powerful symbol of the inward, spiritual rebirth of sincerely believing disciples of Christ. Satan hates the real water baptism, because, as a commandment of Jesus Himself, it is compulsory. However, as it is a personal choice to obey Jesus above all else, it is not humanly enforceable. Still, Jesus did not demonstrate the method and purpose of water baptism so we could choose to ignore or replace His commandment with a church sacrament. Should we choose to disobey Jesus, He would surely hold us responsible.
There is no way we could mistake Jesus’ commandment, or believe that His own baptism had ‘changed’ or had been ‘annulled’ in some way, as this is not mentioned anywhere in Scripture.
The last words Jesus entrusted to His believing disciples in Mt. 28:18-20 were as follows, “All authority was given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore, and make [believing, obedient] disciples from all the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching [these disciples] to observe ALL things that I [Jesus and not church doctrines] have COMMANDED you, and lo, I Am with you always, even to the end of this world.”
Footnote, Spirit Filled Bible, “While Jesus’ ministry had been to Israel, (see 10:5-6,) proclamation of and adherence to His Lordship is here extended to all the nations. Disciples are to acknowledge openly their allegiance to Christ by water baptism, which is ministered under the authority of the [Scriptural] Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The content of the disciples’ future teaching would stem from what Jesus had commanded them. Jesus assured them of His constant presence as they go on their divinely commanded mission [to spread His true Spiritual Kingdom throughout the whole world.]”
SCRIPTURAL WATER BAPTISM IS THE WILL OR ‘COUNSEL’ OF GOD: Lu. 7:29-30.
Our obedience to Jesus’ commandment to baptizo [or immerse] ourselves in water according to His own example, “acknowledges the justice of God in calling us to repentance” [from useless, traditional rituals and false interpretations of the Scriptures,] as someone so wisely said.
Luke declared in Chapter 7:29-30, “When all the people heard [Jesus,] even the tax collectors ,[who were perceived as the worst sinners of all,] JUSTIFIED GOD, being baptized with the baptism of [submersion into water, which signifies our immersion into Christ, as demonstrated by the Lamb of God Himself.] But the Pharisees and lawyers REJECTED the COUNSEL of God against themselves, being NOT baptized…”
That is why we can directly relate willful, Pharisaical disobedience to Jesus’ own commandment to Scripturally baptize true believers, to His confrontational questions in Mt. 21:24-25, “The baptism [which I command My disciples in Mt. 28:19,] where did it come from? From heaven or from the people? For if it came from heaven, why do you not believe Me and obey? And for how long will you reject the counsel of God, being not baptised?” – (Mt. 21:25-26; Lu. 7:29-30.)
SCRIPTURAL WATER BAPTISM IS A SPIRITUAL FUNERAL AND RESURRECTION FROM SPIRITUAL DEATH
Throughout the ages, Satan and his religious followers have done everything in their power to keep sincere believers from the truth concerning Scriptural water baptism. Satan would not have gone to so much trouble if water baptism was ‘optional,’ or a ‘saving’ church sacrament your parents could do in your place.
Peter clarifies the importance of Scriptural water baptism in1 Pet. 3:21, “[As Noah and his family were saved in the ark through water, the ark being a symbol of Jesus,] there is also an antitype which now saves us – baptism, (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, [as in outward, ritual cleansing or church sacraments, as if the water or the ritual itself can save,] but the answer of a good conscience toward God, [as the sincere believer’s sin was washed away through personal acceptance of Christ,]) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ…”
In Rom. 6:1-21, Paul explained this spiritual ‘resurrection’ from water baptism, the symbol of Jesus’ physical resurrection from the grave.
Firstly, “Our old man [the sinful nature] was crucified with Christ” in order to be able to accept The Truth, Jesus Christ Himself, personally. Religious lies cannot rule our minds in conjunction with Christ. We have to crucify our old beliefs and sinful desires so that sin can have absolutely NO hold on or power over the truly born again disciples of Christ! Without dying to our sin nature first, none of Jesus’ disciples can live in Him!
Therefore, Paul wrote in Gal. 2:20-21, he died spiritually and emotionally to the Old Testament, outward, ceremonial law, legalism and religiosity “to live again in Christ.” None can be saved as long as they remain god in their own temple, and human beings rule their temples, (or minds, bodies, and lives) through the sin nature dwelling in them. At any given time, ONLY ONE KING CAN RULE IN THE HUMAN TEMPLE. Therefore, Paul wrote, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ Who lives in me. The life, which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, [or ritual sacraments in the church,] then Christ died in vain.”
Secondly, Paul explained in Rom. 6:1-23, “…As many [believing disciples] as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death… that the body of sin might be done away with, [by burying it symbolically under water,] that we should no longer be slaves of sin…”
We have to bury the dead, or such ‘undead’ people, dragging their corpses of sin with them, will infect everyone with the stench of sin, turning everyone around them into ‘slaves of death.’ The same is true for the spiritually dead without Christ, or those who supposedly lives in Christ, but still carries their ‘old crucified nature’ with them, (which is an impossible contradiction,) not being buried in Scriptural water baptism.
As a result, all those who truly surrender to Christ, can hardly wait to be baptized as per Jesus’ own example! Only those who do not crucify the ‘old man of sin,’ hold fast to worthless but pacifying religious doctrines and sacraments. Someone wisely said, “When we see the Light, we see the water!” Without the light, people choose to ignore the water. Sadly, pervertors of Jesus’ real baptism, ridicule His sincere disciples as “crocodiles, dragging everyone to water…”
Thirdly, there has to be a resurrection in Christ and a new life in Christ.
Therefore, “we [or rather, our old, crucified, “carnal nature of sin”] were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together [with Him] in the likeness of His death, certainly, we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection…”
Just as the Father blessed Jesus at His water baptism, Jesus’ baptism by emersion still carries the full sanction of God the Father on the new life of each of His earnestly believing disciples. Thus, Jesus’ baptism was commanded by Jesus, John, Peter, Paul, all the other disciples, and practiced by all Jesus true believers throughout the ages.
SCRIPTURAL WATER BAPTISM IS THE SPIRIT’S CIRCUMCISION OF THE ‘OLD MAN’ OR BODY OF SIN FROM THE BORN AGAIN HUMAN SPIRIT OF THE BELIEVER
However desperate followers of the Baptism of Regeneration would like to defend this twisted doctrine, as long as they disobey the actual Word of God, they remain unbaptised. True water baptism is a crucial, non-repeatable, life-changing moment in the innermost being and outward life of an earnest believer. Jesus’ water baptism is a conscious, participating, spiritual burial, circumcision, and resurrection in Christ for honest believers only. So that none of Jesus’ genuine believers should continue in sin, the New Testament circumcision, which the Holy Spirit Himself performs during Scriptural water baptism, pertains to the blood-cleansed heart or human spirit. It is impossible to live a spiritual life that is pleasing to God, should one remain spiritually uncircumcised, not being baptised Jesus’ way.
Paul taught in Col. 2:8-15: “See to it that no one carries you off as a spoil or makes you captive by his so-called philosophy and intellectualism, following human tradition, (men’s [false ideas and deceitful] doctrines of the material rather than the spiritual world)… DISREGARDING THE TEACHINGS OF CHRIST…
Regardless of this stern Godly warning, millions of church members have, and still are “disregarding the teachings of Christ” in favour of human tradition. Col. 2:11-15, the much-abused verses, which supposedly justify the baby sprinkling circumcision, tell the exact opposite of what these deceived people have been taught.
By nature, a baby is an unbeliever and incapable of believing in Christ, choosing Christ, living in Christ, and following Christ.
Paul actually wrote, “IN HIM you [born again believers or true disciples of Jesus,] were also circumcised with a circumcision made without human hands, by [cutting] off the body of the sins of the flesh, [the old sinful nature] by the circumcision of Christ, [at the moment you were] buried with Him in baptism. [This too, clearly proves the baptism of submersion, as a corpse cannot be buried by sprinkling or pouring a little ground on it.]
“In which you also were raised with Him THROUGH [personal] FAITH in the working of God, Who raised Him from the dead. And you, being [spiritually] dead in your trespasses and the UNCIRCUMCISION of your flesh, [the old body of sin, which was not cut away in true baptism,] He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements [the ceremonial, sacramental, or ritual temple law of the Old Testament,] that was against us…”
The Dreadful Danger of NOT ‘Burying the old man, or Sinful nature’ in the Baptism of Believers, thus, not experiencing spiritual circumcision
All church members, who have not personally and sincerely believed in, and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, and as a result, do not follow Him into the Scriptural water baptism by obedience to His Word, still carry their ‘old man’ of sin with them. Not being baptized as Jesus commanded and demonstrated in Scripture, the human spirits of these Christians are still chained to their state of sin and spiritual death.
Hence, religious church Christianity without earnest commitment and obedience to Jesus Christ Himself is a very dangerous religion indeed. Such unbaptized, uncircumcised, sin-infested Christians are capable of anything. More horrendously, such religiosity without Christ endows the church member with a false sense of salvation, holiness, and elitism. From such satanic religiosity stemmed all the Christian crusades and inquisitions throughout the ages, as well as all the emotional torture, and physical death and torment caused by callous ancient and modern Christians.
BAPTISM “IN THE NAME OF JESUS,” OR “IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT?”
Jesus is God Himself, therefore He commanded His sincerely believing disciples to be baptized in “the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,” which is also the Name of Jesus, The Godhead of the Bible.
However, Modulist Oneness Pentecostals, (or Jesus Only teachers,) who reject the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as ONE GOD, The Godhead of the Scriptures, disobey Jesus’ commandment to baptize disciples in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We can be certain that all the instances, described in the Book of Acts, where believers were baptized “in the Name of Jesus,” referred to Jesus’ commandment in Mt. 28:19-20. Hence, they actually baptized in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, which IS ‘the Name of Jesus.’ This is so because the ONE GOD, The Godhead of the Bible Himself, (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is completely inseparable, omnipresent, all knowing, and almighty.
Col. 2:9-10, “IN Him [Jesus] DWELLS [present tense] ALL THE FULLNESS OF THE GODHEAD BODILY…” In the context of the whole New Testament, the Man Jesus Christ Himself IS the sum or total of The Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in His entirety!
Heb. 1:1-3 explains that during the Old Testament dispensation, God spoke to Old Israel through His human prophets, but in the New Testament age, “God has spoken to us by His Son, [Who did not simply ‘speak’ God’s Word, but ALWAYS WAS, AND ALWAYS WILL BE GOD AND GOD’S WORD HIMSELF,] Whom He appointed Heir and lawful Owner of all things… BEING THE BRIGHTNESS OF GOD’S GLORY and THE EXPRESS IMAGE OF HIS PERSON, [when we look at the Man Jesus, we see The Godhead of Father, Son and Holy Spirit;] upholding all things by the Word of His power…” (Heb 1:1-3.)
Heb. 7:3 testifies to the following immovable fact, “[Melchizedek, king of Salem or the ONE GOD, The Godhead, is] without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, BUT MADE [TO LOOK] LIKE THE SON OF GOD [or the Man Jesus Christ…]”
All these and other contextual verses prove that Jesus did not, and in fact could not leave the “complete, INDWELLING fullness of the Godhead” (Father and Holy Spirit) [scroll down on the WebPage] in heaven when He took on human form. God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is inseparably everywhere in the universe at the same time. Therefore, The Godhead is and always will be ONE GOD, and His Name is Jesus!
Should we be dunked three times in baptism or once only?
Scriptural baptism occurs by a short submersion of the disciple in ordinary water, (a river, the sea, swimming pool, bath, etc.) and it occurs once with the context of the following the words, “On your own confession of Jesus Christ as your personal God, Lord, Savior and Redeemer and at your own request, I baptize you in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!” (Mt. 28:19-20.)
Jesus, the True God of the Bible, is One God: The Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As said, God can never be separated into three distinctly different people, ‘persons,’ or gods. However, many Pentecostals baptize believing disciples, submerging them three times in water - once for the Father, once for the Son, and once for the Holy Spirit as if the Godhead can be separated into three gods.
Of course, this is impossible. Jesus is ONE God: the inseparable Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
THE LITTLE CHILDREN – WHAT IS SCRIPTURAL?
Jesus declared in Mark 10:13-16 as well as in Mt. 19:13-15 that little children, who are not yet accountable for their actions, as they are too young to discern right from wrong, belong to Him naturally. Jesus never ‘christened’ children; He laid His hands on them and blessed them – despite their background or ‘church-affiliation’.
All that is necessary for the babies or young children of sincere believers is to be dedicated to God, “to lay hands on them and to bless them”.
To ‘baptizo’ little ones is completely out of the question, as the real baptism means to immerge genuine believers as a symbol of their Scriptural and personal rebirth in Christ. As said, babies cannot believe, understand Jesus’ Gospel, repent from religion, and accept and follow Jesus according to God’s Word. Hence, all those who were christened in an unscriptural, ‘soul-saving’ ritual were definitely not baptised at all.
They were merely incorporated into a political-religious order, a satanic, idolatrous system. As in all unscriptural practises, this religious ritual contains no spiritual value, Holy-Spirit-power or the blessing of God. It merely brings people into bondage to a manmade, cultic system, (Mt. 22:29; Mark 7:13; 2 Pet. 2:19.)
Jesus Himself promised in Mark 16:15-18, “He who BELIEVES and [then] is baptized, will be saved… And these SIGNS will follow those who believe [and was baptized as born again believers,] In My Name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means harm them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.’
No wonder all the Holy Spirit’s miracles and powerful GIFTS (or signs) have completely disappeared from all those who practice the ‘baptism of regeneration.’ Their clergy actually had the audacity to preach that, as Jesus’ true water baptism, these miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit have ‘ceased,’ as they were ‘only for that time!’
No, none of these have ‘ceased’ at all. These church systems have grieved the Holy Spirit with their pagan, Christianized sacraments, which substitute the atonement, truth, and power of the Lord Jesus Christ! Thus, the Spirit has written ‘Ichabod’ over them and departed from their pagan temples, which they Christianized as Christian churches.