people come up with all kinds of things for this. yes, no , maybe, when, how, this happens-that happens....
i have always heard it from catholics & some protestants also & that it is for the remission of sin. but through history there have been many different opinions within each denomination.
so do you go with what people say or go with what the bible says?
it is real simple. IMO-
if you dont want to be baptised then dont be baptised.
Originally Posted by wil
Ok, so neither of these mention water....from Jesus. Peter did, but not Jesus. and the John quotes are exactly what I remembered...he will baptize you with the holy spirit...
So again, to me, water seems to be backing up...not going forward with our elder brothers teachings...
I have another question.To baptise is a physical and spiritual symbol of cleansing, as well as a commitment (by the person, or by the child's wards), to follow/teach in the ways of the Savior. It is not however, a prerequisite for getting into heaven. If that were true, we could all get dunked or splashed and that would guarantee our way through the pearly gates, regardless of what we did here on earth.
Could the water baptism be a type of "OT fulfillment" since Jesus also was batized to fulfill all righteousness.
For example, in the OT, the Priests had to "wash" in the "Laver" before entering in the Tabernacle as an example, and since Jesus is our High Priest, perhaps that is what it symbolzed.
Another words, Christ waited about 30 yrs to be baptized and to minster the Gospel, and why I have difficulty in understanding the purpose of Him getting baptized. I myself was baptized in the Gulf of Mexico by a pastor friend of mine and could almost view it as being in the Jordan river during Jesus's days.
But to this day, I don't really know whether I did it as a commandment or to follow what Jesus had done to Him by JTB and therefore acknowlede Him as my Savior, King and High Priest [which I also do "figuratively" from the "rooftops"].
Matthew 3:15 But Jesus answering said to him, `Suffer now, for thus it is becoming to us to fulfil [#4137] all righteousness [#1343],' then he doth suffer him.