The Greatest Story Ever Told About
The Greatest Man That Ever Lived
Water Baptism was introduced by John the Baptist.  It was initially a baptism or repentance.  
Baptism does not save you, nor are there any examples of infants being baptised in the Bible.  
Baptism is a public demonstration of one's commitment to Christ.

Matthew 3:13-17
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptised by John.  But John tried to deter him
saying "I need to be baptised by you, and do you come to me?"  Jesus replied "Let it be so now;
it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness."  Then John consented.  As soon as Jesus
was baptised he went up out of the water.  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, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."

The first thing Jesus did before starting his ministry was to get baptised.  As soon as he was
baptised, the Holy Spirit came upon him and God spoke to confirm that Jesus was indeed who
he claimed to be, the Son of God.

1 Peter 3:21
...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.

From this scripture some think that baptism saves you, therefore they baptise infants so that if
they should die, they are then saved.  However, the Bible is very clear that the way to heaven is
not through baptism, but through accepting Jesus as your saviour.  Peter clearly qualifies his
statement by adding "not the removal of dirt from the body" meaning that baptism is not going
to wash away your sins, it's only  Jesus that can do that.  Baptism is simply a public
demonstration that you have accepted Jesus as your saviour.  So of course if you have done
that, you are saved.  The thief on the cross that repented was not baptised, yet Jesus said that he
would see him in paradise that day.  So the Bible is clear that baptism alone will not save you, it
must be preceded by salvation.

Romans 6:3-4
Or don't you know that all of us who were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death.  
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that just as Christ was
raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

This is one of the best descriptions of what being saved and baptised does with an  example of
Jesus' death and resurrection.   When you are born again and baptised you turn away from your
old life and start a new one with Jesus.  Therefore baptism is a public commitment to that
decision.  As the song says "I have decided to follow Jesus..."   First we must have the re-born
experience before we would want to chose baptism.  

Acts 2:38-39
Peter replied, "Repent and be baptised every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the
forgiveness of your sins.  And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The promise is for you
and your children and for all who are far off, for all whom the Lord our God will call"

This was on the day of Pentecost when the Apostles were gathered in Jerusalem.  Peter
preached to the crowd about Jesus and when he finished they were "cut to the heart" and
wanted to know what to do in order to believe in Jesus.   This scripture also shows us that
baptism is for all of us.

Acts 8:35-36
Then Phillip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.  
As they traveled along the road they came to some water and the eunuch said, "Look here is
water.   Why shouldn't I  be baptised?"  And he gave orders to stop the chariot.  Then both Philip
and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptised him.

When the eunuch believed the story of Jesus, he also wanted to be baptised to show that he had
become a follower of Jesus.  So Phillip baptised him.  It should also be noted that most of the
baptism performed in the New Testament were done outdoors usually in a river and that the
person baptised was totally immersed in water, they didn't just pour some water on his head.  
Notice they went "down into the water".

Acts 9:17-19
Then Ananias went to the house and entered it.  Placing his hands on Saul he said, "Brother Saul,
the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here has sent me so that
you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.  Immediately, something like scales fell from
Saul's eyes and he could see again.  He got up and was baptised and after taking some food, he
regained his strength.

This is the story of the Apostle Paul's conversion.  He met Jesus on the road and for three days
was blind because of the bright light.  God told Ananias to go to him for he "was praying".  
Obviously he believed in Jesus at that point and who wouldn't after an encounter like he had.  

Acts 16:13-15
...We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there.  One of those listening
was a woman named Lydia , a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira who was a worshiper
of God.  The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul's message.  When she and the members of
her household were baptised she invited us to her home.

Although Lydia was a believer in God, she had not heard the gospel of Jesus Christ.  When she
received it, she was baptised.

Acts 16:30-33
He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs what must I do to be saved?"  They replied, "Believe in
the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household."  Then they spoke the word of the
Lord to him and to all the others in his house.  At that hour of the night the jailer took them and
washed their wounds then immediately he and all his family were baptised.

Acts 18:7-8
Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus a worshipper of
God.  Crispus the synagogue ruler and his entire household believed in the Lord and many of the
Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptised.

Acts 19: 1-6
While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus.  
There he found some disciples and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you
believed?"  They answered, "No we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."  So Paul asked,
"Then what baptism did you receive?"  "John's baptism" they replied.  Paul said "John's baptism
was a baptism of repentance.  He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is , in
Jesus.  On hearing this they were baptised into the name of the Lord Jesus.  When Paul placed his
hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.  There
were about twelve men in all.

The disciples traveled from town to town preaching the gospel and baptising converts.  Paul met
some men who only received John the Baptist's baptism.  Once they heard about Jesus and
were baptised in water, they also received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  Sometimes this
happens both at the same time as it did to these men.

If you are a believer in Jesus Christ and have never been baptised I would encourage you to do
so.  If you were baptised when you were a child as I was, you should get baptised again because
your first baptism was not your choice, it was your parents choice.  Baptism will not save you,
and you are still saved even if you are not baptised, but you will certainly feel that you have a
closer relationship with God if you do.
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