About Baptism…

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For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. ~1 Corinthians 12:13

and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, ~1 Peter 3:21

So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days. ~Acts 10:48

And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’ ~Acts 22:16

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Christ commands those who believe to be baptized. Pedobaptists adopt a system which tends to preclude the baptism of believers. They baptize the involuntary infant and deprive him of the privilege of ever professing his faith in the appointed way. If this system were universally adopted, it would banish believers’ baptism out of the world. ~Adoniram Judson

All of us who desire the kingdom of God are, by the Lord’s decree, under an equal and rigorous necessity of seeking after the grace of Baptism. ~Saint Basil

In baptism, new Christians become part of a body of fellow believers who are called to spiritually encourage one another and hold one another responsible for consistent Christian living. ~Tony Campolo

The feeling of longing for home is born into us. That wonderful dream cannot become real without great faith – enough for the Holy Ghost to lead us to repentance, baptism, and the making and keeping of sacred covenants with God. This faith requires enduring bravely the trials of mortal life. ~Henry B. Eyring

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Jesus said, ‘Except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.’ There are no exceptions. Baptism is a necessary ordinance. ~Gordon B. Hinckley

Deep, unspeakable suffering may well be called a baptism, a regeneration, the initiation into a new state. ~Ira Gershwin

The full benefit of forgiveness of sin through the Savior’s Atonement begins with repentance and baptism and then expands upon receiving the Holy Ghost. ~James E. Faust

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Please excuse me, but I don’t understand the true Christian’s reluctance to be baptized. It is obviously commanded by the Lord. People who are serious about their faith and future salvation will keep the Lord’s commands.

Further, we understand that obedience to the Lord is not like ordering food from a menu. Unlike the meal, we can’t “pick and choose” what we want to follow in the laws of God! The Lord, through James, expressly tells us this in (James 2:10-11):

” Whoever keeps the whole Law but stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.…”

What of the verses which say: Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. “ (Mark 16:16). This was by command of Jesus Himself in the Great Commission!

Or what about the very famous passage spoken by Peter at Pentecost in (Acts 2:38), which says Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, 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.

One that day, 3,000 souls acted on this plea and were baptized.

Okay, the final question for me is almost always this: What would Jesus do? And the answer concerning baptism is that He was immersed Himself and the Lord God said “This is my Son, whom I love, with him I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:13-17).

In my opinion, it seems evident that the Lord wants us to be baptized. It is at the very least a model which Christ has both commanded of us and done Himself. My question is a simple one: Why take the chance that baptism isn’t necessary to be a fully involved follower of Christ? 

Finally, make note of this verse—

Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized 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. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.” (Romans 6:3-5)

citations ~biblegateway.com~ biblehub.com~ Google~biblestudytools.com~

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