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How Many Times Should I Be Baptized?

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Question: I’ve never been baptized. Should I be?

Answer: Yes! If you’re a Christian and you haven’t been baptized, you should be for three very important reasons:

1. Jesus was baptized. In Matthew 3:11-17, John the Baptist is baptizing people in the Jordan River and telling them about Jesus:

“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come on who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”

Then Jesus shows up and asks John to baptize him. John tries to refuse but finally, he baptizes Jesus in the Jordan and after Jesus rises from the water [as He is praying]:

At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, who I love; with him I am well pleased.’”

We’re called to be like Jesus so if Jesus starts by being baptized with water, then so should we.

2. We should be baptized as a public declaration of our faith. In the passage above, it’s only after Jesus’ baptism that God acknowledges Him publicly as His Son. Baptism is a public declaration of our faith. It tells people to whom we belong.

There are three parts to baptism:

  • Life before ChristWhen you step into the water you do so as a sinner. Romans 3:23
  • Immersion - When you’re immersed in the water, it’s to show that you’ve died with Christ. Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:1-5
  • Resurrection - When you’re raised from the water it shows that you’ve been raised with Christ through His resurrection and that you’re now a new creation belonging to God. Romans 6:1-5

3. Jesus commands it. Matthew 28:18-20:

“Then Jesus came to them [the disciples] and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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’”

Jesus commands the disciples to go and make disciples and to baptize them. This doesn’t just mean people that became Christians by listening to Peter or John or Paul; it means all Christians everywhere. If you’re a follower of Christ, then Jesus has commanded baptism for you.

Question: I was baptized when I was a baby, so I don’t need to be baptized again, right?

Answer: If this is a question that you are asking yourself, I would point you to a few Scriptures in the Gospel of Luke. Luke 2:22:

“When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him [Jesus] to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.”

Jesus’ parents presented [dedicated, consecrated] him to God when he was a baby and this is a custom that many parents follow today, but the Bible describes baptism a little differently. Read Luke 2:41-50, and pay attention to how old Jesus was at this time and how old Jesus is in Luke 3:23.

In the first passage, Jesus is twelve years old and in the second, He is about thirty. Jesus is baptized not when he’s a baby but when he’s old enough to understand the importance of what he’s doing. If you were baptized as a baby, but not since asking Jesus to come into your heart and life, I encourage you to get baptized again and show the whole world who you belong to!

1 Peter 3:21-22:

“And this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also – not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand – with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.”

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by Selendra on June 7, 2014 at 02:41

    I will be baptized tomorrow and I can not wait! :)

  2. Posted by on November 9, 2011 at 07:22

    Great stuff, God bless you dear!

  3. Posted by on September 24, 2011 at 18:29

    i was baptized as an infant(right after my official adoption at 6months, so i was 7months at the time i was baptized).
    after my friend’s death 3 years ago i was angry with God. why did He take my best friend, my SISTER, away? my baby cousin died last year, she had trisomy 18(fatal genetic condition), she only lived 13 days. i was asking, how can i trust Him when He let those people in my life die?
    but this year at a camp i was at i accepted God in my life. i trusted in Him. i still do. when i did, i felt so overwhelmed, in a good way, i started crying heavy tears of Joy. i just let go of all the sadness in my life. i let myself cry. i felt God for the first time and it was amazing. so next summer i want to get baptized their in the pool(yes in a weird place) but the camp itself has special meaning. my church doesn’t do full imersion(just water on the head) so that’s why. i’m looking forward to it. so ya(:

  4. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 15:40

    I have a question to ask you, I have done something wrong as a christian woman, Can it be possible for me to get baptize because I feel the need to get baptize.

    Can you anwser my question.

    • Posted by Nicole on September 11, 2011 at 22:14

      yes you can! At any time, you can ask God to forgive your sins and repent- Baptizing is a great way to renew your faith in Christ.

  5. Posted by on September 8, 2011 at 14:02

    Id like to get baptized again! I was when i was six but it was only a dab of water. I want FULL IMMERSION.

  6. Posted by on August 23, 2011 at 02:06

    Iv’e never been baptized, But i’m already 14!
    I want to grow closer to Jesus and God, Do you think doing this will help?

  7. Posted by on August 12, 2011 at 07:34

    In my synod, WELS, we believe in one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We say to be baptized as babies so you will be a Child of God and be welcomed into HIS Kingdom, and if you die as an infant or during childbirth you will be with your Father in heaven.

  8. Posted by on August 5, 2011 at 09:31

    well, I have a question. I was baptized a few years ago when I was about ten or eleven, and I’m not totally sure I understood what I was doing. to be honest, I think I was doing it for the attention I got from the rest of the church. but I know I had honestly WANTED to be baptized, and I had had a reason to, but I’m not sure I had truly been ready, you know? so my question is, I understand it a whole lot more now and definitely know how important it is. so should I be re-baptized?? well, more like CAN I be??

    • Posted by Nicole on August 6, 2011 at 12:54

      yes you can! I’m going to get re-baptized too!

  9. Posted by on July 28, 2011 at 04:52

    i was baptized at age 8 and i thought i knew god . but the thing was i knew god and believeed in him alot and everything but now that i look back on that age i think i didnt really believe in him like i do now!! and i want to get baptized again but it would be too ackward because all my church family have alreadt seen me get baptized! :)

    • Posted by Nicole on July 28, 2011 at 19:31

      No it’s not!! If God is telling you to get baptized again then you should do it!

  10. Posted by on July 23, 2011 at 09:42

    What does it mean to be baptized with the Holy Spirit and why should we as believes speak in tongues?

    • Posted by Nicole on July 25, 2011 at 23:37

      we don’t need to speak in tongues, this is a specialized gift given to some people by God. Getting baptized is cleansing yourself from sins, and becoming renewed in Christ. :-)

  11. Posted by on July 22, 2011 at 14:34

    I was baptized as an infant but then Im going to get confirmed soon…is that similar?

    • Posted by Nicole on July 22, 2011 at 22:08

      Baptism is usually given to a child, and is removing the sins away from the child. Confirmation is given to those ALREADY baptized, usually in the teen years, in order to make them strong Christians. I hope this helps!

  12. Posted by on July 20, 2011 at 22:57

    Okay, I want to ask about a controversy!

    Is it the Baptism itself that saves you? Or is Baptizing just a symbolism? Because at my church, we believe that becoming a Christian is what saves you but Baptism is a way to show the world/symbolize dying but being born again in Christ.

    What is your opinion? I like to hear points of view from everyone! Thanks! :D

    • Starcrossed-Destiny

      Posted by Starcrossed-Destiny on January 5, 2012 at 19:38

      If you read 1st Peter 3:21, it says, “Baptism, which now corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” So, that being said, through baptism, and Jesus’s death, we are saved. :)

    • Posted by on July 23, 2011 at 09:44

      God’s grace is what saves Ephesians 2:8-9 when we “confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised him from the dead” Romans 10:9. Baptism is a symbol of our identity in Jesus Christ. We were sinners, we died with Christ and were raised with Him by God into new life. It symbolizes and helps us understand that (aside from the sinning part because Jesus never sinned), God no longer sees us as sinners, because we have been crucified with Christ Galatians 2:20 and raised to new life in God as new creations 2 Corinthians 5:17.

    • Posted by Nicole on July 22, 2011 at 12:31

      exactly, baptism is a way to express your love for Christ and your rededication to Him!

  13. Posted by on July 19, 2011 at 14:32

    I’m still not exactly sure what to do on this. I received infant baptism (looong ago, of course), and I was raised in a Christian family, and I have no clue where exactly I truly “became” Christian myself. It’s been a slow development. My family does not belong to a particular church, and besides that, I don’t live with my family during the school year anyway. So even if I wanted to get baptized, I don’t really see how or where. Another thing: One reason I haven’t made strong efforts to get baptized is because I don’t want to do it out of fear of hell (like “Oh no! I’m not baptized, so this means I’m not saved even though I think I am!”), and I would much rather do it when I feel stronger and more rooted in Christ. You know, when I’m certain I’m mature enough in Him. And I -don’t- feel like I’m near that point yet. So, I’m just sitting here. :/

    • Posted by Nicole on July 20, 2011 at 20:11

      yes, well it’s most important that you are ready to do so, Christ and God will wait for you patiently until whenever you choose. You’ll know when the time is right. But God doesn’t want you to feel pressured. :-)

  14. Posted by on July 19, 2011 at 10:48

    I’m so excited, I was baptized when I was an infant, and next month I’m going to be baptized!!!!! I cannot wait to get up in front of my brothers and sisters in Christ, my friends and family, and proclaim my Salvation!!!!!

    • Posted by Nicole on July 19, 2011 at 12:17

      that’s so amazing Lauren!!! what a special day :-)

  15. Posted by on July 18, 2011 at 13:55

    You know, I’ve been struggling with whether or not to get re-baptized since my parents did make the choice to have me baptized as an infant (3 month old) and I wasn’t totally sure as I was pretty sure they wouldn’t respect my choice to be baptized again (they aren’t Christians, they did it out of tradition) and this article is a God-thing for me. Thank you. (:

  16. Posted by on July 18, 2011 at 07:24

    both being baptized and being saved are very important to one’s christian walk. but we must take note that being physically baptized is not the same thing as being spiritually saved and accepting christ into our hearts and lives, it is a symbol of that decision we have made individually. they go hand in hand but one must genuinely accept the Holy Spirit into their hearts and surrender their lives to the Lords will primarily before making the decision to step out and profess this through baptism.

  17. Posted by on July 18, 2011 at 05:56

    I was baptized when i was 12 but i turned away from god now i accepted Christ again do I have to get baptized again.

    • Posted by JennArman on July 18, 2011 at 11:21

      Don’t think of it as something you have to do, but rather as something that shouts that you belong to Jesus Christ!

    • Posted by Nicole on July 18, 2011 at 11:07

      I would! It will bring you closer to Him :-)

      • Posted by on July 19, 2011 at 16:36

        I also sent you the email nicole. It has some other concerns on there too, about my friend. Thanx for ur help. Only god can change her and heal her. :)

      • Posted by Nicole on July 20, 2011 at 20:12

        thanks I got it, and I’m going to respond to you asap!

      • Posted by on July 19, 2011 at 16:35

        but do i have toooo. is it required to be baptized i already mega a close to him. Every tome im in my room praying or reading my bible i feel peace and light. I feel like someone is sitting next to me putting he or she arms around me shoulder and telling me what to read and how to understand.

      • Posted by Nicole on July 20, 2011 at 19:59

        no, you don’t have to. But why do you not want to?

  18. Posted by on July 17, 2011 at 22:48

    I thought we only acknowledged one baptism for the forgiveness of sins? It’s in the Nicine or apostles creed?

    • Posted by JennArman on July 18, 2011 at 11:20

      I will have to look into that Nadia. What I’m talking about more in this article though is baptism as a public declaration of your faith. I do however still believe that baptism should be done when you are old enough to understand the choice you are making. I haven’t seen anywhere in the Bible yet that says we can only be baptized once and I don’t think God will mind :)

      • Starcrossed-Destiny

        Posted by Starcrossed-Destiny on January 5, 2012 at 19:33

        There is no where indeed that says that you should only be baptized once. But, if you were baptized when you could understand what you were doing but fell away, then all you have to do is ask for forgiveness through prayer. :) God be with you.

  19. Posted by on July 17, 2011 at 13:21

    I have to admit I was scared out of my mind when I was baptized. It was quick, and after that,I was fine.

  20. Posted by on July 17, 2011 at 10:52

    Well I’ve been baptised, but since then I’ve lost my relationship with God. At Fresh Oil New Wine Students, I have drawn close to him again. Can I be baptised again?

    • Posted by Nicole on July 17, 2011 at 11:51

      of course you can! I’m going to get baptized again too!

      • Posted by JennArman on July 18, 2011 at 11:18

        I’ve been feeling the tug of Lord on my heart to be baptized again also. I was baptized at birth and again when I was 13 but I left my relationship with God and have not been baptized since I’ve come back. Think I’m going to do it when my church does baptisms again!

  21. Posted by on July 17, 2011 at 05:15

    Plus, baptism is necessary for salvation. Look to the end of Mark. Nicole have you been baptized? I was worried about your salvation because of that! Thanks and God bless!

    • Posted by on July 22, 2011 at 15:32

      I don’t think baptism is NECESSARY for salvation. The thief on the cross, he died and went to heaven without being baptised. Right? It’s a symbol, yes, God commands it, but whether or not you get into heaven doesn’t depend on if you get baptised or not.

      • Starcrossed-Destiny

        Posted by Starcrossed-Destiny on January 5, 2012 at 19:30

        I think it is necessary. The only reason that Jesus said that the thief was to be with him in Paradise was because he showed repentance to God, and in the Old testament, that alone was enough. But in the New Testament, baptism is required. The New law hadn’t come in effect yet, because Jesus hadn’t died yet. Once Jesus died, the New Law, or the New testament, came into effect.

      • Posted by Nicole on July 22, 2011 at 21:49

        I agree

    • Posted by Nicole on July 17, 2011 at 11:54

      I have been, but I was only like 7 or 8. Snce then I’ve grown in my relationship with Jesus and I need to do so again!

  22. Posted by on July 16, 2011 at 15:34

    Im twelve, and have accepted Christ into my heart, so should I look into it with my parents?

  23. Posted by on July 16, 2011 at 11:59

    Thanks!!! This is really useful for me, since I was baptized at birth, so I had some questions…

  24. Posted by on July 16, 2011 at 11:30

    Please Pray for me

    • Posted by Nicole on July 17, 2011 at 12:02

      I will Jemima! What exactly do you want me to pray about?

  25. Posted by on July 16, 2011 at 10:11

    This is a wonderful article.Thank you for speaking from what the bible says and what Jesus did. So many people don’t feel the need to be baptized anymore, but I couldn’t agree with you more. :)

  26. Posted by on July 16, 2011 at 08:52

    Thanks,I’ve Been Learning about Baptism in my Baptism Class and I don’t know If I’m Ready and I’m not sure,I think I’m Afraid of getting Baptize because I make mistake everyday and I’m afraid of failing and my friends aren’t getting baptize so I feel alone and scared that I would make a big mistake.

    • Posted by JennArman on July 18, 2011 at 11:14

      Jemima, I want to remind you of a few people that God uses in the Bible – Heroes of our faith…

      Moses – killed an Egyptian and God used him to lead his people out of bondage.

      King David – Committed adultery with Bathsheba, arranged for her husband to be killed in battle, and did not punish the person responsible for the rape of his daughter, yet the Bible calls him a “man after God’s own heart”.

      The apostle Paul – persecuted Christians! Yet God met him on the road to Damascus and spoke to him.

      My favorite – Peter. Peter denied Christ while He hung on the cross, yet the Lord calls Peter to great things “on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it”.

      It is NEVER a mistake to declare that you belong to the Lord. I understand feeling alone and scared but God did not give you a spirit of fear, but of power 2 Timothy 1:7. Don’t let mistakes and fear hold you back, but know that there will be a HUGE party in Heaven on the day of your baptism!

    • Posted by Nicole on July 17, 2011 at 12:04

      everyone makes mistakes! That’s why it’s important to get baptized, because when you do Jesus is renewing your life and forgetting your past sins. It’s a way to grow closer to Christ. :-)

  27. Posted by on July 16, 2011 at 05:38

    In my church, the babies are dedicated by a pastor but we don’t believe in infant baptism. Infant baptism is actually against the Bible. Baptism should be full immersion when you are ready and understanding o the weight and importance. I was baptized last year! :)

    • Posted by on July 19, 2011 at 13:07

      Different denominations have various views on baptism. I was baptized as an infant, and my denomination thinks that infant baptism is fine. There are several places in the New Testament where a man becomes a follower of Christ and the man and his WHOLE FAMILY is baptized. It isn’t against the bible, it’s right there.

      (Plus, infant baptism isn’t saying that you’re a believer as a teeny tiny child. It’s you parents making a covenant with God to raise you to hopefully one day accept Jesus into your life.)

      • Posted by on August 14, 2011 at 07:37

        Very very well said, Leah!!

    • Posted by on July 18, 2011 at 12:25

      yup

    • Posted by on July 18, 2011 at 11:51

      May I see where in the Bible it says infant baptism is incorrect and full immersion at a certain age is necessary? I ask this with the utmost respect for you, but at my church, my pastor says children should be baptized as soon as possible. Thank you!

      • Starcrossed-Destiny

        Posted by Starcrossed-Destiny on January 5, 2012 at 19:27

        Infants shouldn’t be baptized because they don’t know what they’re doing. Being baptized is for remission of sins, and for one thing, babies don’t sin at all. Babies at a young age can’t lust, or be selfish, or envious, much less talk! And second, babies can’t understand what they’re being baptized for. If they were baptized at a young age, not knowing what it was for, the baptism loses all meaning.