True baptism requires true faith that God will work through the water. Water without faith is water. With faith, however, baptism is where one is washed clean of sin and born anew in the Holy Spirit. Baptism is about becoming a new person, and one cannot do so without the old person dying. In baptism, one identify’s with Christ’s death and resurrection (Rom 6:4) and in doing so puts on Christ (Gal 3:27).
Additionally, the encounter between Jesus and Nicodemus led to a distinction and development of an understanding of the role of water and spirit in baptism. It separated the effects of each element and how it effects the baptised. The church developed a systematic theology, based on scripture and tradition, on the differences between the sacrament of Baptism and Confirmation. As presented in the paper, the water of baptism washes and purifies all sin; but in baptism the spirit gives an ‘indelible character, a unique nature of belonging to Jesus Christ, something which God will never undo’ (Davies 176). Through this exact assertion of the role of the spirit, baptism becomes an irrevocable act, permanent in nature.
Others however view it as a way of purifying a person and hence giving them the right to enter the kingdom of heaven. Baptism is a practice that has always been there since the onset of Christianity as a way through which Christians would seek repentance for their sins and be purifies. After baptism, the Christian would be expected to try and lead a righteous life. The New Testament Church Baptism is first introduced in the New Testament through John the Baptist. During his baptism, John the Baptist is fully immersed under water in the River Jordan as a way of repenting and seeking forgiveness for his sins to God.
• Baptism in (or with) the Holy Spirit is a very important, distinctive Christian experience in the life of the believer. The basis is found in the book of Acts, specifically the event of Pentecost. • John the Baptist preached baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. (Mk. 1:4) • Later he declared about Jesus, “I baptize with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (1:8) • 3 yrs later, shortly before Pentecost, Jesus talked with the apostles about a gift promised by the father and commanded, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.
During the ceremony of Baptism, the person will become a believer of Christ and accept the grace of the Holy Spirit. Baptism not only stands at the beginning of growth, but as a symbol of it. Baptism is widely practiced due to its fundamentality to the individual as well as the supporters. It is just one of the seven sacraments that Christ inflicted on the church. Although Baptism is not the most important sacrament in Christianity; however, it is one of the most essential parts.
Most churches regard baptism as a sacrament, or sign of grace; some regard it simply as an ordinance, or rite, commanded by Christ. Therefore, Baptism is the sacrament of faith by which we, enlightened by the Spirit's grace, respond to the Gospel of Christ. Scriptural Basis Jesus was baptized by John at the beginning of his public ministry. Although it is uncertain that Jesus himself baptized, the risen Christ commanded his disciples to preach to and baptize the nations as the sign of God's coming rule. Thus, from the outset, baptism became the Christian rite of initiation.
In this paper, I will be defending the view of believer’s baptism as I feel it gives a better understand of what baptism is suppose to be. Arguments for Believer’s Baptism My first argument for why I think believer’s baptism is gives the best understandings of what baptism is suppose to be is that it is our response to God’s grace. Ted Dorman quotes Menno Simon in A Faith for all Seasons “Baptism is an expression our response to God’s grace, not a sign of that grace, and must therefore be administered only after one believes in Christ. (2001)” My faith didn’t grow until I decided to follow Jesus with my heart, I went through the motions but I wasn’t choosing Jesus. Once I made my faith my own, and experienced God’s grace in so many ways, I knew the next step was to be baptized.
And why did Peter follow up by saying, "Be baptized every one of you," and by commanding the Gentiles to be baptized (Acts 2:38; 10:48)? We must remember two points about the importance of water baptism. First, whatever Christ definitely established and ordained cannot be unimportant, whether we understand its significance or not. Second, Christ and the apostles showed the importance of this ordinance by observing it. Jesus walked many miles to be baptized, though He was without sin, saying, "For thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness" (See Matthew 3:13-16.)
Early Christians retained this ceremonial cleansing as a form of initiation into the Christian faith. Christians baptize in order to convert people into the Christian faith. A Christian minister will either fully submerge a new convert into water, or sprinkle them with water. The water baptism solidifies the fact that we have become new through Jesus Christ. The water baptism continues to be an important sacrament and initiation that is observed by most denominations of the Christian faith.
The Proper Mode of Baptism Becoming a Christian is considered by many to be the greatest thing that one can do in life. Praying, worshipping God, and studying His word are all valuable parts to a walk in faith. Yet, some tend to forget an important action that should take place to attest a stand for Christianity. Baptism is an act of confirming that one is a Christian while symbolizing the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Through the teachings of the Bible and Jesus, it is apparent that the Southern Baptist view of baptism is the most accurate to the symbolization of Christ’s perfect resurrection and declares the public statement to necessary to affirm the relationship with Jesus.