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This week, a PI Girl asked if she should get baptized again as an adult, since she was first baptized when she was little and didn’t quite understand what this really meant pertaining to her faith.
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We know that, as believers, baptism is a statement of our faith, proclaiming that we believe in the death and resurrection of the Messiah Jesus Christ, believing He is the Son of God and believing we are sealed by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Read the Bible verses in Matthew 3:13-17.) We know that it is by faith, not works, that we are saved because the thief on the cross was saved at the last minute and was not baptized; therefore it doesn’t make or break our salvation. Baptism is a RESULT of salvation and is really a declaration of our faith. When being baptized, people typically invite family and friends as witnesses, similar to a wedding, because it is a special statement of their love for the Lord and of their faith.
John answered, saying unto them all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire…” (Luke 3:16)
Then Peter said unto them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38)
Why Do I Need to Be Baptized as a Follower and Believer?
Why should you get baptized, you may ask? Because, for one, Jesus was even baptized and it says in the scriptures in the Holy Bible that the spirit descended on Him like a dove. In addition, baptism symbolizes the resurrection and the burial of sin, or the ways of our former habits or sins going down into the grave under water, and when we come up out of being immersed in water, we are rising again with Christ, just as He did, symbolizing the victory over sin and death.
…if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
We no longer have to see death because Jesus died for us, so we see that the old has passed away and the new has come. When a believer is baptized and receives the Holy Spirit, their life is bound to change because of the power of the blood of Jesus bringing life (He died on the cross, and without the blood of life or sacrifice, there is no life) and the Spirit that dwells inside a believer’s heart. (See John 3.)
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. (Romans 6:3-6)
If I Was Baptized as a Baby or Young Child, Should I Be Baptized as an Adult?
We all need to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. The Catholic Church and some believers tend to baptize children early, but infants and/or little children are not able to make a decision to follow Christ; it is more of a blessing.
I believe baptism should occur at the appropriate age where you can make conscious decisions, and you should have the choice to get baptized, not be forced. There is nowhere in the Bible that I can find where they baptized babies, but I follow what Jesus did and follow His example. Christ was even baptized and it was obviously important in being a disciple of the Lord. The Lord is more concerned about your heart and reverence for Him than acts or religious works. Pray about your faith, and if you feel you want to declare your salvation with the reflection of baptism, go ahead and get baptized again! Baptism is a beautiful ceremony and celebration of new life. Rejoice!
Remember, our walk with God through Christ is a personal relationship. Don’t let someone rush you, but pray and be led by the Lord. Baptism is wonderful, so tell your youth pastor, family and friends if you decide to get baptized under water. We are praying for you! God bless you, PI readers! Jesus loves you!
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