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matthew7 - Water Baptism is necessary! (baptism)

posted by bibleprobe(R) Homepage, Mass., 01.04.2007

matthew7:

Please do not try and minimize the importance of water Baptism. It too is necessary as an act of obedience to Jesus. Jesus said we MUST be baptized by both water and the Holy Spirit. Look at water Baptism as a required ticket for entry into an exclusive club.

John 3:5
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.

Water baptism is an act of obedience to the Lord's command. It is God's promise to us that, just as water washes away dirt from our bodies Christ's shed blood washes away all filth from our soul's. All our sins.

The outward act of Water baptism itself does not forgive sins, nor can any act performed by man. Jesus took all our sins of the world upon Himself on the cross. And only by accepting Jesus as your Savior can you have your sins forgiven.

Luke 3:3-4
3And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; 4As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

1 Peter 3:21
"....whereunto even baptism doth also now save us, (not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a clear conscience), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

So, in other words John the Baptist preached repentance, or a change of mind and heart toward God. This makes the way to the Kingdom of Heaven (Jesus).

Mothers - baptize your infants in obedience to Jesus.

If you belong to a denomination who falsely teaches that a child should only be baptized after they have reached an age of reasoning, you are not following the Apostolic tradition, and you are actually being cruel to your child, should anything happen to them before they are baptized.Don't second guess why Jesus said you (and your young children) must be baptized.

From the beginning of New Testament Christianity at the Feast of Pentecost (Acts 2: 38-39) to our time, unbroken and uninterrupted; the church has baptized babies. Entire households (Jewish, proselytes and Gentiles) were baptized by Christs original 12 Apostles (I Corinthians 1: 16; Acts 11: 14, 16: 15, 33, 18: 8) and that practice has continued with each generation.

Read this excellent article by Lutheran Pastor Dennis Kastens on "infant baptism" all the way back to the Apostles: here

Read more on Water Baptism here: http://bibleprobe.com/baptism.htm

 


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