Tuesday, December 02 2008
I had the very distinct privilege of baptizing someone in Jesus name on Sunday. Although, this is not the first or the last, I am always excited to be part of such an awesome experience. The Bible states in Luke 15:10...
Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
The need for baptism is an obvious doctrine in the scripture. Jesus stated in Mark 16:16...
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
The Book of Acts documents a conversation between those that were at Pentecost and the disciples. Acts 2:37 and 38 states...
Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Peter's answer was very matter of fact. There was no doubt in his mind what those at Pentecost should do. There were no great theological debates on what it took to be saved and the doctrine has never changed. The New Birth experience has never changed, but yet debate rages among the Christian world.
The Apostle Paul is obviously an authority on all things Christian. He was the author of most of the New Testament and his writings are the basis for sermons preached in pulpits across the world each Sunday. If we examine the actions of Paul in the 19th chapter of Acts, we can clearly see his beliefs in action...
1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism.
4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
Paul preached the same doctrine as Peter on the day of Pentecost. He simply revealed to the disciples of John that they needed more. He built upon their faith by asking Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?
Baptism in Jesus name is an essential step in our salvation. We must embrace it is as the truth of the Word of God and preach it. We must teach it in our Bible studies and preach it from or pulpits. It must be taught in our Sunday schools and written about in our blogs. It is necessary because Acts 4: 12 states...
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.