Jesus Commands us all to take Water Baptism: Transcript.


"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."


I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

1. What is Water Baptism, and how to take it?

The word baptism does not reveal its meaning by itself. However, water baptism is taking bath in a pool of water cleansing our body. But, if we take water baptism as a ceremony, we just dip ourselves one time and come out of water, but we don't do cleansing as the regular bath. "Matthew 3:13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him." So, Jesus came to the river Jordan to be baptized by John the Baptist. "16 says: Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water:" So, John immersed Jesus Christ once in the water, and he came out of the water of the river Jordan for baptism. Then Jesus Christ began his ministry, he called disciples for him, and baptized them. John 3:22 says, "After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized." That is, Jesus Christ and his disciples began to baptize people. 26 says that "they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him. 27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven." When John heard this, he said that God the Father has given him to baptize people. John 4:1-3 says that when the Pharisees heard that Jesus Christ has baptized more people than John the Baptist, Jesus had his disciples baptize people and he left the place and went to Galilee. But, preachers who oppose water baptism present a case that Jesus did not baptize anybody and so it is not needed for us. It is ignorance on their part, further they are bias, rebellious, and ungodly preachers, who want to sell God for the sake of their denomination.

2. Water Baptism is pre-requisite for Salvation

Matthew 3:16&17 and Luke 3:21&22 say that Jesus Christ took water baptism by immersing in River Jordan and said it is fulfilling all righteousness. God the Father and the Holy Ghost came down from heaven to bless this simple ceremony of water baptism. The Holy Ghost descended on Jesus Christ and God the Father said "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased". After his resurrection, Jesus Christ commanded his disciples in Mark 16: "15 Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." That is, those who believe the message will take water baptism, others will not take it; and those will not take it will be damned; that is, they cannot go to heaven. This simple ceremony of water baptism also became the pre-requisite for preaching of the gospel. Now, even churches that baptize believers, will not teach that it is a pre-requisite for salvation. 1 Peter 3 says: "20 ... in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. 21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us..." Preachers say that baptism has nothing to do with our salvation, but the Bible says that baptism doth also now save us. Acts 2:38 says: "--- Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, ---" Many preachers say that nobody have to be baptized for the remission of sins. They are liars. Acts 22:16 says "--- now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord." Many preachers laugh at the principle that water baptism washing away sins. But, God will laugh at them in the end. Make sure, that the church you attend may not be a hindrance for your eternal life. In Matthew 28:19 Jesus Christ says: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" So, whoever believe Jesus Christ will take water baptism, since Jesus Christ commands it. Acts 8:35-38 says that Philip preached to the eunuch; and then he baptized him on the pool of water which was on the way, upon his request. In Acts 16:30-33, the jailor and family took water baptism by Paul and Silas. Acts 18:8 says, "Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized." Including Crispus the chief ruler, all those believed the Lord Jesus, took water baptism.

3. Water Baptism is the Counsel of God

Jesus Christ says in Luke 7: "29 And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John. 30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him." Jesus Christ says water baptism is the counsel of God. Religious leaders and their people did not take water baptism, but children of God took baptism for righteousness, and obeyed God. In Luke 20:3&4 Jesus Christ told them: "I will also ask you one thing; and answer me: 4 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men?Jesus Christ pointed to them that water baptism is from heaven. But, even now, rebellious people reject the counsel of God and God will reject them. Further, Matthew 3 says: "7 But when he (John the Baptist) saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:" John the Baptist required people to repent and to confess their sins. He also demanded proof or fruits for repentance from the religious people, who had a form of godliness, for him to give baptism. That is, John the Baptist refused to baptize those Jews, who had no fruits for repentance. They say that they have repented, but it was not seen in their life.

4. Infant Baptism is not Water Baptism

Luke 18 says: "15) And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16) But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God." Almost every church has child dedication service. In the service the parents promise God that they will raise the baby in godly ways. Some churches wet the baby with water in the ceremony of dedication and call it baptism. But it is not baptism. Ignorantly a few churches say that they give infants baptism, because if any child dies before baptism, it goes to hell and those who took infant baptism will go to heaven. This is ignorance or deception. Baptism is given to repented believers. "Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, ..." John the Baptist said in Matthew 3:7 "when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:" So, repentance is a pre-requisite to receive baptism. How can a child repent for sins with fruits? So, a child is not qualified to be baptized. It may be child dedication, but not baptism. They call it baptism in order to prevent the child to repent as an adult and to be baptized. The devil advise them to do it.

5. What to announce in Water Baptism?

A denomination call themselves as Apostolic Church, or known as Jesus Only Church, make a big issue about what the baptizer says when we are baptized in water. Jesus Christ says in Matthew 28:19: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" Acts 19:5 says: "When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus." The above two verses are in the Bible, and to the educated intellectual mind it appears to be a contradiction. But, there will be no contradiction in the word of God. As the Lord Jesus Christ commands the disciples to baptize, he gives instructions what is to pronounce at the baptism of a person. The disciples obeyed the Lord and gave baptism "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." The event was recorded as "they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus" to mean that they gave water baptism in the authority given by the Lord Jesus Christ. Apostle Peter in Acts 3:6 says "Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk." This is a similar thing. Here Apostle peter healed the man in the authority that Jesus Christ gave him. In the context of baptism, the apostles gave baptism in the authority that Jesus Christ gave them, and it is recorded in the book of Acts. The first one is the instruction of what to pronounce to baptize a believer and second is the recording of the information, saying that they have baptized in the authority that is given to them by Jesus Christ. Acts 19 says: "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, --- 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." Paul baptized the believers a second time. Even though baptism was a ceremony, it should not be taken in a way that is convenient, or in a way we used to take. It must be in the order that God told us to do. So, Paul gave water baptism to believers a second time.

6. False Preachers oppose Water Baptism

"1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." Water baptism is a ceremony, for which the meaning is to die, to be buried, and to be raised to live the life of Jesus Christ.  This is preaching of the cross. Paul was called to preach this life behind ceremony from the above verse. False preachers use this verse to interpret that water baptism is not needed. It is just nonsense. Acts 13 says: "8) But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. 9) Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, 10) And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? 11) And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand." Probably Elymas the sorcerer could have done the same thing with full of subtlety and mischief preventing the deputy from taking water baptism. These preachers are also perverting the right ways of the Lord by preventing people from taking water baptism. As Elymas was blinded, God also has blinded the hearts of these preachers so that they shall never be converted. Elymas got it for a season, but these preachers are eternally damned. They appear to be Christians preachers, but they are not.

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