“‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ They replied, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.’ Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized.” Acts 16:29-33 (NIV)
We are called to salvation, through repentance, baptism and receiving the holy spirit:
- Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Titus 3:5
- He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:16
- I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire (tongues): Matt3:11
- and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God, It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 3:21 (NIV)
Baptism, by submersion in water, is paralleled with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. The scriptures tell us the apostles submersed or “buried” sinners, and that even Jesus was baptized by submersion.
- Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4
- 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. Colossians 2:12
- And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. John 3:23
- And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. Acts 8:38
- And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: Matthew 3:16
Jesus paralleled salvation (by baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost), with a “re-birth.” One might note, a baby is completely submerged, in water, in the mother’s womb.
- Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
- Nicodemus saith unto him, how can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
- Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. John 3:3-5
Speaking of Children:
- The scripture tells us repentance and baptism does not apply to babies/children; not until they come to understand the difference between good and evil, and the importance of being “born again.” Therefore, they are saved until they reach an age of accountability.
- Many cultures hold ceremonies to confirm the coming of age; the age they become accountable for their actions. I.e. Jewish boys have a bar mitzvah at age 13, Catholics have a First Communion at age 7-8.
- The Bible points to a general age of understanding: “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 1 Corinthians 13:11
The Scripture, and the acts of the apostles, show that Baptism should be done in the NAME OF JESUS.
- Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
- 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. Acts 2:37-38
- And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days. Acts 10:48
- But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Acts 8:12
- And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinth 6:11
- But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26
- Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12
Before Jesus came to earth, the prophets of the old testament did not have a “name” for God. The Savior went by many titles such as the Alpha and Omega (Rev 1:8), the Word (John 1:1), Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
God told Moses to tell the children of Israel “I AM” had sent him to free them Exodus 4:14
During Jesus’ time on earth, he said this to the disciples:
- “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth”
- “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” Matt 28:19
For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Col 2:9
After His death, burial and resurrection, everything changed.
- The Gospel of Jesus began to be preached
- The Apostles began preaching repentance
- They began baptizing in the name of Jesus
- They baptized by submersion
- The Holy Ghost/Comforter was sent in Jesus’ name
- Healing began, in the name of Jesus
JESUS said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM. John 8:58
We now have a NAME by which to do everything.
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Acts 22:16
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