What Is Baptism And How Is It Done?

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A baptism is an act of being immersed in water in Christianity. This is done to show that the new believer has publicly decided to follow Jesus. Baptism is very important to Christians and some denominations believe that those who are not baptized might lose their salvation. In this post, I have more explanations. Keep reading to find out more.

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Why Is Baptism So Important?

A baptism is an act done to show publicly that the new believer now identifies with Jesus Christ. Romans 6:4 has this to say about Baptism.

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we have been buried with Him through baptism into death. We’re now dead to the power of sin. Being raised out of the water expresses our new life in Christ and our union with Him.

What makes baptism very important?

  • It is proof that the new believer now identifies with Jesus.
  • It means that the believer has taken on a new life in Christ after being washed away from his old life.

Types of Baptism

Baptism varies from one denomination to the other. There are two types.

  • Immersion: This is mostly practised in the new testament of the Bible where the new believer enters a river. This is evident in Acts 8:38. “And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.
  • Sprinkling: This method of baptism is mostly practised by Catholics. In this method, water is sprinkled on the new believer.

Which Type Of Baptism Is Accepted By God?

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Christians practice what Jesus did. From the scriptures, Jesus himself was baptized. In Matthew chapter 3, John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ. This is how the Bible said it.

And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

From the verse above, it is evident that Jesus entered into a river and later went out of it. This means that baptism should be done in a water body. The same thing happened in Acts 8:38. “And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.

This makes baptism by sprinkling a bad move for most Christian denominations.

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