Who Should Be Baptized? (By: Mike Sherman)

Although there are many different teachings concerning baptism in our culture God’s word clears up all the confusion. The Bible speaks of one baptism: Eph. 4:3-6- Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (4) There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; (5) one Lord, one faith, one baptism; (6) one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
As far as who should be baptized, “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God…”-Rom. 10:17. So an individual must first be taught according to the will of God found in His word. Mat 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. (19) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20) and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Only those who have come to believe Jesus is the Son of God before submitting to our lord in Baptism. Mark 16:15-16- He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. (16) Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. A very personal decision make Jesus Lord of your life is also required as well as a willingness to publicly acknowledge Him as Lord. Rom. 10:9- That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
The Bible makes it clear coming to the Lord is a matter of the head as well as the heart. In coming to Christ our hearts must be convicted of sin. We must be convicted of our sin and understand it separates us from God and can ONLY be forgiven through faith in the sacrifice of Christ. As the first gospel sermon was preached those with a good heart were convicted of their sin.
Acts 2:36-37- “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” (37) When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
Peter and the other apostles were eager to answer their question and reveal to them how to “obey the gospel”- Acts 2:38- Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The scripture goes on to reveal that about 3,000 people obeyed the gospel that day. Acts 2:40-41- With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” (41) Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
So those who hear the good news, believe that Jesus is the Son of God also believing He was crucified and raised on the third day, decide to repent of their sins and confess Christ as Lord of their lives are ready for baptism.

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