Europe is going through major changes. Our aim is to look at the key issues in our continent from a biblical perspective.
A quick introduction to Credobaptism.
Today we are going to take a quick look at the doctrine of baptism. We hope to answer the following four questions:
Let’s kick off with the first question.
1.- Who Should We Baptize?
We baptize those who have made a credible profession of faith in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In the three cases we observe that those who believed the Gospel were baptized. They were conscious about what they were doing. The following three texts could not be applied to infants:
So who should we baptize? Answer: Those who have made a credible profession of faith in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
2.- The Mode of Baptism
We believe Scripture teaches baptism by immersion for three reasons:
So, which is our preferred mode of baptism? Answer: Baptism by immersion.
3.- Is Baptism Necessary to Be Saved?
Baptism is not necessary to be saved; however, it is a clear command of the Lord Christ. A truly converted person will long to be baptized in order to be faithful to Christ and his apostles.
A good example of a saved non-baptized believer was the thief upon the cross (Luke 23:43). Christ promised him that he would soon be in paradise, even though the criminal had not been baptized.
Nevertheless, if the offender had been converted in normal circumstances, he doubtlessly would have been baptized in order to obey the Lord’s command.
So, is baptism necessary to be saved? Answer: No, it’s not necessary; but it is extremely important.
4.- What Does Baptism (Not) Mean?
As we have already pointed out, baptism represents Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. By means of our baptism, we are confessing publically that we now belong to Christ.
It symbolizes that we are dead to Christ and alive unto God (Romans 6:3-4). This is the reason why we baptize believers alone.
Before being baptized, we should dispel two false theories:
1. Baptism regenerates no one. Baptismal water has no type of miraculous power which can turn unbelievers into believers. Regeneration is a powerful work of the Spirit of God in the soul of the saint. Once regenerated by the Spirit, a regenerated person should seek to be baptized.
2. Baptism cleanses no one from sin. Once again, baptismal water has no type of miraculous power which can cleanse us from our sins. The force which purifies us from sin is not the water but the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
What does baptism mean? It signifies our union with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. What does baptism not mean? It does not mean that the baptismal water can regenerate us or cleanse us from sin.