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WHAT WE BELIEVE

WATER BAPTISM


Baptism comes from a Greek word Baptizo which means to immerse, submerge or whelm. It does not by any means connote “sprinkling”. All scriptural examples of water baptism involved person being immersed in water. John 3:22-30 shows us that Jesus baptized other people and at his ascension to heaven, he commissioned his disciples to “Go Teach and Baptize into the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” – Matthew 28:16-20. Jesus’ baptism was more than a repentance from sin. He said “whosoever believes and is baptized shall be saved” 1 Peter 3:18-21 also stresses that “Baptism doth also save us”

Baptism should be an immediate and compulsory follow-up to any that believes in Jesus (see Mark 16:16, Matthew 28:16-20). When a man has received Jesus Christ and believes in Him, he must formalize it with baptism and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Scripture does not teach that baptism should be done by

A sprinkling of water but by a submerging into water. Sprinkling of water was never practiced in the early church and is a nullity.

Baptism does not come neither after a believer has gone through certain qualification classes nor is it a prerequisite for the baptism of the Holy Spirit nor is it preserved for a class of believers to administer. (See Acts 8:26-38; 2:37-41; 10:44-48 and Acts 9:18). A man needs to come to the age of accountability to believe and be born again before he is baptized (John 3:3). There are no scriptural examples of infant baptism.

 

SIGNIFICANCE OF WATER BAPTISM

The significance of water baptism can be defined as the physical expression of our spiritual identification with Christ (see Romans 6:1-11, 1 Peter 2:21 and Colossians 2:9-12). This can be called an initiation rite into Christ. It is a fundamental doctrine of Christ and also a saving act which initiates the believer into the authority and personality of the God head (Matthew 28:19).

When a Christian is baptized into Christ, he has put on Christ (see Galatians 3:27) and according to Romans 6:3-4, It is when a Christian is immersed in water that there is a symbolic spiritual identification with Christ in which Heaven and hell see such a man as one who has died on the cross, is buried and raised by the faith of the operation of God.

The condition for baptism is believing in Christ Jesus (Corinthians 12:13)

 

BAPTISM INTO THE NAME OF THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.

The word “Name” comes from a Greek word, Onoma which means “Authority”, “Honour”, and “Glory” of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Name therefore, is the essence of being and Jesus is the full representation of the God head bodily.

In water baptism, a believer who is baptized into Christ is baptized into the Father and the Holy Spirit, for Christ is the expression of the Divine, the revelation of God.

THE IMPLICATION OF BAPTISM

The implication of baptism is that we should live a new life as we died, were buried and raised with Christ (Galatians 3:27). Our old self died on the cross with Christ and our new self has arisen. To live in the newness of life which we have gained in Christ, we must live our new life believing in the Son of God who loved us and sacrificed himself for us. We have been “unioned” with Christ, we cannot live separate from Him.

 

CONCLUSION

If Jesus Christ can affect and influence your five physical senses, your bodily life will be different. By so doing, you can take your five physical senses to a new plane and on a new wave. The primary place to use faith is to let faith govern your five physical senses. This will lead to a life lived on a new plane, a life lived in union and communion with Christ.

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