Saturday, June 11, 2011

What is the meaning of Baptism?

Regarding Baptism, Jesus instituted it as the ordinance of initiation into discipleship. Anyone who wishes to publicly confess and accept Jesus Christ as his/her Savior and Lord and declare that he/she is disciple of Jesus Christ partakes of baptism. There are these two ordinances: baptism and Lord's supper.

Baptism means:
1. According to Romans 6. Identifying with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When one goes under water, it shows he/she is dead to his/her old life of sin. When one comes out of water, it shows a new life in Jesus Christ.
2. According to Matthew 28:19ff. Initiation into discipleship. "making disciples.. baptising them.."
3. According to Mark 16:16. It goes along with faith in Jesus Christ. All who believe in Him take water baptism.

Baptism entails:
1. Obedience to Faith
2. Obedience to Counsel of God (Luke 7:30)

Mode of Baptism:
Immersion in water. Symbolizes death, burial, and resurrection.
The word "baptizo" in Greek itself means washing by immersion.

Formula:
In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Recepient:
All who believe (anyone who can believe can be baptised). But, baptism before belief is not baptism (for example, an infant doesn't know what belief is or baptism is)

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