Text: Matt. 3; John ;
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matth. 3:1,2;
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Should christian Baptized before the age of accountability be rebaptize or those christian which where baptized in ignorant be rebaptize what is your opinion and what did the bible say about this.
Things to do before the next time
Have you been Baptized before if not ask your pastor if it is possible to organized baptism class for you. If yes asked yourself did you understand the real meaning of Baptism before been Baptize or have you confidence that to have you are gradually becoming him.
Meditate on this verses John 1:29-34
If you are Baptize write in two pages thing Christian must know and understand before been Baptized.
John Baptism was to notify Isreal of the coming of Messiah and to show him to them because they where dull in understanding but that is not the case of Christian Baptism because we are no longer expecting the Messiah to come because he has already come and Gone. “ 30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. 31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. 32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. 33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. 34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.“ John1:30-34;
. Then why do Christian Baptized and even Christ himself since the cannon is complete and the redemption is complete but the truth is that as Paul say we Baptize as a symbol of Faith to show the World and Satan that we have Die to self and sin that sin or flesh no longer in control over us rather as the death can no longer be found guilty of their sin even so we are blameless of all of our past fault and to demostrate before the world that this righteousness does not come to us by our living right or doing the right thing but rather by having faith in Christ death, burial and resurrection. This go further to demostrate that we believe that as God raise Christ from the death and he die no more so who retain our believe to the end will be justify by faith as the faithful Abraham whose children we are. So for Baptism to demostrate this fact it need to fall into the Category that truely demonstrate its purpose.
Type of Baptism
1. Ritual washing
3. Infant Baptism and dedication
5. Baptism By immension
1. Ritual washing
This is the type of Baptism we find in Israel in the wilderness as in Exodus 29:4, 30:18-21;. Where they normally wash their hand to the shoulder level before eating as a symbol of cleaningness which accompany by clothes washing and bathing which in some case it can be three times a day because nobody may enter the present of God with a stained raiment but all this is still been practice by Islam and some churches till this days but it was a tradition of the elder which was permitted as a sign what is to come as explain by the writter of Hebrew 5.
This like the first one was a symbol of what is to be reveal because it was a symbol of purification as in Exod. 29:16; in some religion body practise the same as a sign of purification but you and I knew that water can never wash our sin even if we drown in it just as the blood of goat and sheep could never make the offender clean all it does is to cover sin but he that covereth his sin shall not prosper so if we bond ourselve to this law we will not prosper or ever be able to stand in the sight of God all we will do is to constantly hide and our sin will find us out that why like Paul things
We hate we find ourselves doing it because the nature of sin is not destroy like Isreal we are unfit to come to the present of God we have to go through a priest which will carry our sin before the vile to make an atonement for our sin because the way to the holy of Holiest in not make manifest to them because the conscience of sin is not yet destroy which is still been practice among orthodox Christian till today.
Infant Baptism and dedication Exodus 13;
Because of the fear of death this has been put in bondage because they feel by Baptizing infant they secure their eternal salvation because they still believes that ritual washing can take away sin from the offenders life but how wrong they are because washing was giving as a physical law of cleaniness in other words to avoid infection and nothing else just as the law in exodus that say that you should not plant two different seed in one field because they would not do well but today with the invention manure and fertilizer we can plant diverse crops in the same field.
Is infant Baptism necessary
No is not neccessary since they have not reach the age of accountability and cannot tell right from wrong so they are still dependant on their parent for nurture and admolition. Most importantly Adam did not sin as a child who did not no what he was doing but rather as a full grown Man who was mature enough to take a wife or has taken a wife and therefore could make penace for his sin, and above all John 3:16 said whosoever believe in him not who is baptize, is Baptism unnecessary? Baptism is very important but for it to useful the Baptized must understand the meaning of Baptism and confidence in the finished work of Christ but since new born babies are too young to understand why christ Died and the reason why they are Baptized.
Is important for both old and new testament believer, is a method of handling back authority and ownership back to God. Telling him that you know that, that child or car or house or things came from God though you are in custode of it, it does not belong to you just according to as God commanded Moses to bring back every first born male to God but redeem the children from God but animal are not to be redeemed.
Dedication to idol
This is a feltish handling of ownership to the devil out of ignorance, telling the devil you are the owner of this child or property so this give the devil complete control over person or property in question, that person or property remain under the complete ownership of the slave master of sin the devil but this can only be remendy by the shared blood of christ on the cross of calvary or having faith on the finished work so parent are to be careful who they dedicate their children to.
This was the same as the Baptism perfumed by the prophet to notify Israel of the coming Messiah, was the reason why John was ask whose authority he Baptized if was not a prophet or neither Messiah which mean christ but John clear define his Baptism to them that the only reason he Baptize was to show the Messiah to Israel. This was the reason when the pharisees see Jesus Baptizing with water as a contradiction of the statement of John though Jesus himself did not Baptize but his disciples Christ withdrew from the crowd rather than explain to them because he knew there was no way he would explain to them without exposing his identity or that of the church which in turn would remove the veal from the Jew knowing that this was the Christ as a result the Gentile would be lost for ever because in the old testament only Moses, Elijah or the Prophet have the authority to Baptize but Christ make us understand that the least Believer is greater than John who was greater than all the prophet, what is this mistery. John Baptism was not from man because he was a prophet and therefore a servant of God But the least Believer has his understanding of the word exercised knowing he unlike Israel and the prophet who are servant, but as a Son of God and Joint heir with christ, partaker of his Spirit, elder in the mistery of God.
Baptism by Immension
The Baptism of all saint which is a demostration of faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. This is a prove of our sonship with God that as the beginning one man sin and that sin was passed to all men who has not sin after the similitude of Adam and where all concluded under sin even so with one Man righteousness we all are made righteous even upon those who are not righteous after the similitude of Christ but believe on him who Justify the godly and became partaker of his death by dieing with him in Baptism which mean to be bury under water and just Christ rose from the death to die to sin no more even so are we, so from thence forth we share in his right as his disciple did which include right to Baptize and be Baptize which include right to impart the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and share as Elder in heavenly mistery which mean where he is there we are, what he know we can know, how he is we are in this world and in the world to come showcase the beauty of his holiness. So Baptism by immension are for all believer who have their senses exercised to discern between good and evil and has understand that he has inherited the sin of Adam and would face a lost eternity without the shared blood of Christ and by partaking in Baptism he share equal right with Christ both to Baptize and be Baptized.
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Pray for many children and men who are under the grip of religion but has not opportunity to confess their faith in Christ and be Baptism that God should remove the veil from their eyes to see the truth.