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- "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them ... Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:19, 20).
- “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16).
- “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38).
The three verses above summary the three prerequisites for baptism: knowledge, belief, and action.
Every candidate for baptism should be instructed in God's basic doctrines before entering the water of baptism (Matthew 28:19). You need to understand the significance of the commitment you are about to make: to change your behavior to emulate Christ, to focus your thoughts on God's kingdom, and to remove self from the throne of your life and replace it with God.
Obviously, before being baptized, you need to believe in God.
More than that, you need to believe what Jesus did for you with His life and death. You accept as true that Jesus lived a perfect life, then suffered and died to pay the penalty of sin for you. Baptism is your public confession to the world that Jesus is now Lord of your life. It is also symbolic of you following Jesus in His death, burial, and resurrection.
"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 6:4-6).
Repentance is the turning away from sin. Before baptism, you need to confess your sins and turn away from them. It is a conscious choice to put your past behind you and start a new life walking with the power of God in you.
As far as age, many children are ready for baptism at 9 or 10 years of age, some at 7 or 8. And some are not ready at 12 or 13. No age level is specified in the Bible, because children have different levels of experience and understanding. Some are ready for baptism earlier than others.
by CK Lester
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Dear MIQ/Amazing Facts,
I have quite a few questions, but my main question is the first question below.
When or what is the modern day abomination of desolation, and how does it apply to us?
(Please correct me if I am wrong below)
I know that the abomination of desolation is when the pagan armies are desecrating the Holy place, (Which I read was Jeruslaem…) by standing within a few meters of the land, surrounding the walled area of Jerusalem. I also read, that the first time the armies surrounded the walls of Jerusalem they mysteriously disappeared, and that, that was the sign that the true children of God must run to the mountains, but if not; they would be killed, after a few months or years the armies returned and besieged the city of Jerusalem. But my other question is when do we have to run to the mountains? Was Jesus presenting an end-time prophecy in Matthew, or was he presenting a prophecy that fulfilled and finished in (AD 70)? Does this occur after the gospel has been preached to all the
How do I know when to get baptised? I've been thinking about it a lot lately and I'm not sure if I should, I'm kinda scared because usually you have to do a speech or say your testimony to everyone in your church and I really don't want to do that... and do you actually HAVE to get baptised? Is it preferred? Will I not go to heaven if I don't?
Me and my best friend just had a fight about baptising infants. He was baptised when he was born and I haven't yet made the decision. He was saying that his parents wanted an early start for him to live a godly life, but isn't baptism about personally making the decision about committing your life with Jesus and washing yourself clean from your sins? I'm pretty sure babies haven't really sinned, and they can't make that big of a choice, like I knew someone at my old church who had been married to her christian husband for about 25 years and only just getting baptised after all this time, I doubt babies can make that sort of choice. But he's standing his ground and making me feel really miserable, I just dont get how a baby can get baptised, I've found bible verses for him and he still isn't giving in, what do I do? Am I right?
what is the age gap in a relationship? I've always been curious but i never got the answer i desired. for Abraham was 10 years older than Sarah and i wanted to know if the same age gap still apllies or is it changed.
What does the bible say about the lost when they see Jesus at His return? I've heard that they would die, and the saints would be taken to heaven for a thousand years while Satan roams the earth, and then the lost will make a final attempt to overtake the holy city, which will end in their destruction. But is that true? If so, where does the bible say this?