The Believers Baptism

 

Colossians 2:12:
Buried with him in baptism, wherein also you are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who raised him from the dead.

Romans 6: Dead to sin, alive in Christ
1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5 If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin-- 7 because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9. for we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

• Water Baptism is a beautiful picture (symbolism) of what happens in the heart of one who trusts Christ as Savior.
• The most wonderful thing that ever happens at this church doesn't take place when we go to the river for a Believer's Baptism
• It happens inside the human heart, when a man, woman, boy or girl accepts Jesus Christ as Savior!
• Salvation is a matter of the heart, you cannot see it with your eyes...and so God has left us this wonderful picture...a portrait of the work of the new birth: water baptism!
• Identifying with Christ, His Death, Burial & Resurrection.
• Much misunderstanding today about baptism:
• Important or unimportant?
• Essential to salvation or not?
• Done immediately, or wait a while?
• Baptize babies, or only adults?
• Pouring, sprinkling, or immersion?
• Formula? Jesus Name or Father, Son &Holy Ghost.
• All these questions can be answered easily buy looking at some undeniable examples in Scripture.

5 Bible facts regarding baptism:

1. A Symbol, Not A Sacrament

• A symbol = a visible sign, a visible emblem, a visible representation, an indication
• Sacrament = a means of receiving the grace of God.
• In Christianity, a rite that is considered to have been established by Jesus Christ to bring grace to those participating in or receiving it.

1. What does the Bible say about that?
There is no scriptural support for the idea that grace or pardon is bestowed when partaking of the sacraments (bread & wine).
Salvation is bestowed through faith in the finished work of Christ on the Cross.

2. Who needs to be baptized?
a. Believers – old enough to understand and make life changing decisions.
Acts 8:37 Have to believe w/ all your heart
This disqualifies infants, as they are incapable of believing
b. Must have received the Word!
Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
c. First they received, and then they were baptized.
Acts 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost...?
d. First they received, then they were baptized.
Acts 16:30 Philippi an jailer... said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Later on, we find that he received the Word and was baptized...
First he received, then he was baptized.
Baptism is a symbol...not a sacrament!

e. What does it symbolize?
The death, burial, and resurrection or Jesus Christ.
Colossians 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also you are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who raised him from the dead.

f. It's symbolic not only of that event from the past, but pertains also to the new believer in the here and now...as they are dead to an old life, and are raised to walk in newness of life!
Romans 6:4 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.
Baptism is a symbol, not a sacrament.

g. Why do you bury someone?
• To kill them? NO!
• Or because they're already dead?
• Why do you put a BDF soldier in a uniform?
• To make him a soldier or because he IS a soldier?
• Why do you put on a wedding ring?
• To make you be married or because you ARE married?
• Why do we baptize in the River?
• To save them or because they HAVE BEEN saved?
• What will happen at the place of baptism is a symbol, not a sacrament.

2. Baptism is For Believers, Not For Babies

• One denomination wrote this: "Yes, we baptize babies.
• All historical churches do.
• The Roman Catholics.
• The Anglicans.
• The Lutherans.
• The Presbyterian.
• The Methodist...
• Only the Evangelicals do not baptize babies, and such modern denominations which have been influenced by them."
• Let me tell you my dear ones this AM, it is not what a denomination decides to do about baptism, it is what the Word of God has to say about it that really matters.
• Acts 8:37, in the NKJ says, "If you believe with all your heart, you may."
• Babies and small children under the age of accountability are SAFE, they are in God's hands.
• Ill. 2 Sam 12:22-24 --King David's baby/sick/David wept, fasted, prayed for it/but it died/and David cleaned up and began to eat/his servants said, why?/David said, when the baby was alive, there was still hope of it living...but now the baby is gone, and nothing I can do can bring him back...and then he said, but one day, I will go to him!

• And in the wonderful character of God, the Bible teaches that any young one who dies under the age of accountability passes thru that cradle of safety directly into the arms of Jesus!
• And thank God for that...esp. when you think about all the precious, aborted babies which never had a chance!
• Infant baptism is a counterfeit, man-made doctrine which results in men and women developing a false sense of security...,
• Because, Baptism has no saving grace attached to it.
• Infant baptism is a counterfeit because it rests on an event they cannot remember, not of the heart, not Biblical, for the salvation of their never-dying soul!
• Baptism is a symbol, "buried with him by baptism into death," not a sacrament...for believers, not for babies!

3. Baptism Means Burial, Not By Pouring On

• The Greek word for baptize is baptizo ... which, w/out exception, always means to immerse!
• Acts 8:39 says, "they came up out of the water!"
• When Jesus set the example of baptism, he was immersed, and came up out of the water!
• Some say, why make such an issue out of this...if it's just a symbol anyway, then what does it matter the method used?
• The fact that it is a symbol (involving Christ, no less, is exactly the issue)
• John the Baptist was called to prepare the way for Christ to bring into existence the Church!
• Luke 43:3 "He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins."
• Jesus, when he was about 30 years old, went looking for John to be baptized.
• Not for repentance sake, but to identify with the symbolism of Baptism.
• The Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove, demonstrating God the Fathers approval.
• After the Resurrection, a new element of truth was fixed to water baptism.
• Baptism demonstrates your repentance and forgiveness of sins, but more than that, Baptism immerses you INTO CHRIST!
• Paul testifies in first in Rom 6:3 "...don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
• Gal 3:27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
• Philip, one of Christ disciples, the one who ask Jesus to show him the Father, who had a powerful revelation of who Jesus was, was a powerful anointed preacher of the Gospel.
• One day while traveling south of Jerusalem to preach in Gaza he met a man who was seeking to know more about God.
• Here is the story!
Acts 8:26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Go south to the road--the desert road--that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.
27" So, he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship,
28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet.
29 The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it."
30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. "Do you understand what you are reading?" Philip asked.
31 "How can I," he said, "unless someone explains it to me?" So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
32 The eunuch was reading this passage of Scripture:
"He was led like a sheep to the slaughter
and as a lamb before the shearer is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
Who can speak of his descendants?
For his life was taken from the earth."
34 The eunuch asked Philip, "Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?" 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, "Look, here is water. Why shouldn't I be baptized?"
38 and he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.
39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

• Water Baptism into Christ is your way of demonstrating your identity with Him, His death, His, His burial, and His resurrection.

4. Baptism is Necessary For Submission, Not For Salvation

• Eph. 2:8, 9 for by grace...
• Jn. 3:36 he that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life
• Acts 10:43 whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins
• Jn. 3:36 for God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him...
• While baptism is not necessary for salvation, it is very much necessary for submission!
• To fail to be baptized, after you know that you should, is a willful sin of omission.
• For the Bible teaches you will not grow in grace until you obey the truth that God has given you.
• It is the 1st step of obedience...there's no skipping steps w/ God.
• Some say, I need to grow some, and make sure I'm ready.
• God says, you WILL NOT grow until you take your public stand!
• The BIG decision has already been made.
• When you were saved, that was the hard part...and yet many new Christians try to make baptism the hard part, when it should be a natural outflow of a sincere believer saying, I'm saved and proud of it.
• I take my public stand that I'm not ashamed of the Savior!

5. Baptism Should Not Be Delayed

• Be baptized as soon as you have a witness in your heart that you are born again.
• Sometimes you'll hear a well-meaning person say, we shouldn't baptize them right away, we should watch them a while and see if they mean business.
• But it's not scriptural.
• Any time you see someone being baptized in the Bible, it was soon after their salvation...
• Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
• And the eunuch in Acts 8 said, here's water, why not?
• Before he became the Apostle Paul, his name was Saul, and was responsible for the beatings and imprisonment of Christians...
• he consented unto the execution of Stephen, and yet w/in 72 hours of being saved, God sent Ananias to Paul saying, rise up and be baptized!
• Baptism should be at the first opportunity.
• You know, we could watch our new Christians for a couple of years and still not really know if it was real...
• And we shouldn't deny a Christian the chance to grow in grace.

Conclusion:

• Maybe you've been a Christian for some time, but not until this morning have you realized the importance of being baptized soon...nothing wrong w/ that...
• The Bible says, "to him that knows to do good and doesn't do it, to him it is sin."

• Maybe you realize today that you've been depending upon infant baptism for your salvation, and that you NEED to be born again.
• All you got was wet, and you need to get saved, and then get baptized.

Rev. Donald Scheske,
AGWM Missionary.