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Baptism

Posted: November 6, 2021 in Baptism, Uncategorized

Recently I was asked about “baptizing” babies. I pointed out to this individual that the Greek word “baptize” actually means “to dip, dunk, or immerse.” The translators of the English Bible were Anglicans who believed and practiced sprinkling babies. To translate this word to mean immersion would have gone against their practice, and so they made up a new word – “baptize.”

The Greeks have separate words for “sprinkling” and “pouring” which could have been used if God had wanted to convey that idea to the people.

Nowhere is Scripture do you find infants being baptized. It is for those who have been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins, was buried, and Who rose again bodily on the third day. “Infant baptism” gives people a false sense of security.

Baptism by immersion has three purposes: To express our obedience to Christ’s command (Matthew 28:19, 20), to identify ourselves with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Acts 8:36-39; See Galatians 2:20), and to enable us to have a good conscience toward God (1 Peter 3:21).

The first thing a new believer should do to identify himself/herself with Christ and Christians is to be immersed into water. Then he/she should be instructed with grace principles for living. [1]

My father, Timothy Pietsch, was a missionary in Japan for many years. Once some Christians wanted to be baptized in the winter. The river was frozen, and so he had to crack the ice before baptizing them. But they were determined to be obedient to the Lord’s command. And no, they didn’t freeze to death.

Have you placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ through the message of the Gospel? If you have done this, have you been immersed? If not, why? Water baptism doesn’t save anyone, but it let’s others know about your new found faith in Christ.

If you have questions and/or comments, contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

[1] Grace Principles For Living. These are distinct from the “Mosaic Law” or “Kingdom Rules” for living. We have a FREE Bible Study Book Marker with a “Dispensations Chart” that can be found on our website.