Jesus said, "surely I say to you,unless one is born of water and of the spirit, he can not enter the Kingdom of heaven." John 3:5.
To be born of water is to be baptised by water and to be born of spirit is to baptised by the Holy Spirit so that one is born again.So water baptism is a requirement for one to enter into the Kingdom of heaven.Mark 16:16 says, "He who believes and is baptised will be SAVED but he who does not believe will be CONDEMNED."
SPRINKLING ON THE HEAD OR IMMERSION IN WATER?
Romans 6:4 -5 says, "Therefore, we were buried with him through Baptism into death,so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father,even we should walk in the newness of life."
This means that baptism represents the death and resurrection of Christ.
We imitate his death by saying, just like he died and rose again,we have died to our old ways and have been resurrected to a new life.
Colossians 2:12 also says "buried with him in baptism,in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of God who raised him from the dead.
Even when Philip baptised the Ethiopian,the bible says that they went into the water.He did not sprinkle the water on the head of the Ethiopian.Acts 8:38.
Baptism represents death and resurrection.When someone dies,the whole body is buried and not just sprinkling soil on the head of the dead person.
So baptism according to the bible should be through immersion of the whole body and then pulling the body out of water.Someone has to hold you backwards in imitation of being buried and then pull you out of the water in imitation of being resurrected. Infact,the word baptize comes from the greek work baptizo which means to immerse or to deep.
WHICH NAME SHOULD BE USED TO BAPTISE?
Jesus said in Matthew 28:18-19 that "Go ye therefore,and teach all nations,baptizing them in the NAME of the Father,and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. "
Just a question here.Is Father a name? or is son a name? If you want to enroll your child into School and you just write Father will they accept that? or if you write son instead of your child's name will they accept that? NO.
There are many Fathers and there are many sons,they would request for the name.Father or son is just a title just like Teacher,Doctor etc. What is the particular name of that Father or son? Jesus said in the NAME of the Father Son and Holy Spirit,which means they have one name.He didn't say in the NAMES.
Holy Spirit is also just a title.There is an evil Spirit called Satan,so what is the name of the Holy Spirit?
Spirits have names,the word spirit is just a title like human being.Human beings have particular names.
There are also other Spirits which are Holy called under the title 'Angel' but they have particular names like Gabriel or Michael.Just like there are other evil spirits called under the title 'demons' but they have particular names which they used when they were in heaven as Angels.
Since Father,Son and Holy Spirit are just titles,then what is this NAME of the Father,the Son and the Holy Spirit?
Jesus said in John 14:26 that, "But the Helper,the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in MY NAME will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all things I have said to you."
Jesus said the Holy Spirit would be sent in his name,the name Jesus.
And John 5:43 says,"I have come in my FATHER'S NAME and you have not received me yet if anyone comes in his OWN NAME,him you will receive." Jesus said he has come in his FATHER'S NAME.Which means that name of the Father is Jesus because this is Jesus speaking.
Which means this one name of the Father,the Son and Holy Spirit is the name Jesus Christ.
Philippians 2:10 says, "At the name of Jesus Christ,every knee should bow either in heaven,on the earth or under the earth.
So if Jesus Christ is not the name of the Father,son and Holy Spirit,then it means that the Father and the Holy Spirit will bow to Jesus because it says EVERY knee will bow even in heaven.
So if every knee bows to the name Jesus,they are simply bowing down to the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit.
In the old testament,God revealed himself to the Israelites under the name Jehovah but bow he reveals himself to us in the new testament under the name Jesus Christ.
That is why the bible says EVERYTHING you do,do it in the name of Jesus Christ.
In the bible not even one person was baptised by saying "I baptize you in the name of the Father,Son and Holy Spirit." These are just titles.That one name has to be used or else it is not a valid baptism.
Jesus told the disciples to baptize in the name of the Father,Son and Holy Spirit but why did they all baptize in the name of Jesus including Apostle Paul?
Because they got the Revelation.Peter knew that Jesus did not mean that statement literally just as he did not mean it literally when he said "unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood,you'll have no life in you."If Peter was walking in the flesh,he would have killed Jesus to eat his flesh and drink his blood for the sake of being saved.We need to walk in the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus told them,"I have many things to tell you but when the Holy Spirit comes,he will teach you all things."
That is why in Acts 2 on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came,Peter received the revelation that that name is Jesus.The Holy Spirit which would teach all things taught him.
Acts 2:38 says,"Then Peter said to them, Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the NAME OF JESUS CHRIST for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
It says that day three thousand people where added to them and baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
Even in Acts 10:48 Cornelius and all those who believed were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.It says,"And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus."
Acts 8:14-16 as well as many other verses show the same.
Infact,Paul even told those who has been baptized by John to be rebaptized in the name of Jesus Christ in Acts 19:1-5.
No one in the bible ever baptized using the Titles or was baptized using the titles but in the name Jesus Christ.
No wonder even Colossians 3:17-18 says what ever you do,do it in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 4:12 even says there is no other name under heaven in which we can be saved but in the Name Jesus Christ.
SHOULD BABIES BE BAPTISED?
No one in the bible ever baptised babies.Jesus clearly said he who believes and is baptized will be saved.Babies have no ability to believe or not believe .Only those who believe should be baptized.To be baptized,you should be able to either believe the word or reject it.
Some say the whole household of Cornelius was baptized but the bible clearly says "The Holy Spirit fell upon THOSE WHO HEARD the word and they were baptised in the name of Jesus Christ.
Which means they heard and believed." Acts 10:44.
Babies don't have that ability.The instruction about babies and children is that we should let them come to Jesus and bring them up in the way if the Lord. Matthew 19:14 and Proverbs 22:6.
Water Baptism is when one has personally believed.That is even why judgement begins when one has known good and evil.If a child who has the ability to believe has believed,then good.But not a baby.
Some people die without having an opportunity to be baptised.For example,one may accept Jesus on the death bed and die.God knows thier circumstance.But one can not avoid it on purpose and get away with it.That is why James 4:17 says "To him who knows to do good but does not do it,to him it is sin".
If you were not baptised in the name of Jesus Christ,then you need to be rebaptized because God doesn't count that baptism valid.And yet water baptism is one of the basic requirements for Salvation.
"IF ANYONE COMES AND PREACHES ANOTHER GOSPEL APART FROM WHAT WE HAVE TAUGHT YOU,EVEN IF IT IS AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN LET HIM BE CURSED."Galatians 1:8.