Believers Baptism (continued)

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

THE DOCTRINE OF BAPTISM

(Continued from 2/20/13)

We have already considered -

I. What does the term baptism mean?

To immerse, submerge

Our conclusion: Any form of baptism other than immersion is unBiblical and does not actually constitute baptism. If you have not been immersed, you have not been baptized.

We have also already considered -

II. How was baptism practiced in the New Testament?

always and only by immersion

Our conclusion: Baptism in Bible times was by immersion only. Any practice other than immersion is unBiblical and does not constitute Baptism.

We are in the process of considering -

III. What is the significance of Baptism?

We have already seen that -

1. Believer's baptism brings one into membership in the local church.

We have also already seen that -

2. Believer's baptism is a commandment for all believers to obey.

Next, we see that -

3. Baptism pictures the union of the believer with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.

Romans 6:3-4 and Colossians 2:12 teach that Baptism is a symbol of our union with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. We are united with Christ in His burial in picture form when we are placed beneath the waters of baptism, and we are united with Christ in His resurrection in picture form when we are raised up out of the waters of baptism.

Colossians 2:10-12 - 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12 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.

Romans 6:3-4 - 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 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 6:4-14 teaches that baptism is a symbol of our death to sin to lead a life of holiness.

Romans 6:4-14 - 4 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. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Our conclusion: Only immersion qualifies as a symbol, and any other form destroys the significance of baptism.

IV. Why is baptism important?

1. Christ commanded it.

Matthew 28:19-20 - 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

2. Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." (John 14:15 ).

3. Peter commanded it

Acts 10:48 - And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

4. It was practiced throughout the book of Acts.

Our conclusion: Anyone who has not been baptized by immersion after his salvation is a disobedient believer. He is disobeying the Lord's command, and as such is guilty of sin (James 4:17 ) and He is out of God's expressed will for his life.

James 4:17 - Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

V. Is it necessary to be baptized in order to be saved?

NO!

Baptism does not save. It is not a sacrament.

The thief on the cross was saved and will spend eternity in heaven, but he was never baptized after his salvation.

Luke 23:39-43 - 39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

(TO BE CONTINUED)