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Scripture Reading: Matthew 18:1-5
Who is to be Baptized?
1. Eph. 4:5: One baptism – Matt. 28:19.
2. Have established from Scripture what baptism is. Now, we must determine who it is for: Who is to be baptized: Nobody? Everybody? Babies? Christians? Lost? Saved?
3. If you fit the Bible description of who is to be baptized, then you need to obey Jesus now! – 1 Jno. 2:3-5
I. WHO IS OBLIGATED TO BE BAPTIZED?
A. Those to Whom the Gospel is Sent – Matt. 28:19; Mk. 16:15.
-No morally responsible person exempt from gospel call & commands.
B. Its Prospects: All Who Desire Salvation.
1. Mk. 16:15 – Gospel for to all: Those to whom gospel is sent are to submit to it.
2. Acts 2:21 – Whoever calls (2:37-38, 41 - Receive w/o reservation, welcome, sense of acknowledging, respect); 22:16.
a. Rom. 10:13-15 – What enables one to call upon Lord:? Believe, hear, preacher sent, gospel.
b. One must hear gospel & believe it to call on Lord & be saved.
c. Shows us what is needed for baptism!
C. The Prerequisites of Baptism.
1. Being taught the gospel – Matt. 28:19. Impossible to call upon Him w/o believing in Him (Rom. 10:13-14); cf. Acts 8:30-31; 35-36.
2. Faith in Jesus as Christ (the believer) – Jno. 8:24; 20:30-31; Acts 8:36-37.
3. Confess faith – Rom. 10:9-10; Acts 8:37.
4. The repentant – Acts 2:38; 17:30; 2 Pet. 3:9.
-cf. Catholic “baptism vows” – “According to the Roman Ritual, at present in use, three questions are to be addressed to the person to be baptized, as follows: "Dost thou renounce Satan? and all his works? and all his pomps?" To each of these interrogation the person, or the sponsor in his name, replies: "I do renounce".” (“Baptismal Vows”, Cath. Encyl.)
D. The Moral & Spiritual Condition of the Person to be Baptized:
1. Moral capacity to be taught & believe – Matt. 28:19.
2. Lost due to sin – Mk. 16:16 (not saved before it); Acts 22:16 (sins exist before it); 1 Pet. 3:21 (lost before it).
3. Morally responsible & accountable – Acts 22:16; 2 Cor. 5:10; 2 Ths. 1:8.
II. WATER BAPTISM IS NOT FOR:
A. Infants and Small Children.
1. No NT authority for the practice.
2. Cf. Adults – Acts 8:12 (cf. 8:3).
3. Children are mentioned in Scripture when they are materially connected – cf. Matt. 14:21; 15:38; 19:14; Acts 21:5.
a. 2 Tim. 3:16-17 – Scriptures complete.
b. Advocates admit infant baptism not in the Scriptures.
c. Therefore, not needed to be complete – 2 Pet. 1:2-3.
4. Why do some think it is necessary?
a. Original sin (Catholic, Lutheran) – cf. Rom. 5:12; Matt. 19:14.
But: Children are without sin / in the condition to which the sinner must be converted in order to be saved! – Matt. 18:1-3; 19:14
b. To enter the church (Dedicatory, UMC).
But: Christ adds saved to church after baptism (Acts 2:47).
B. The Christian (already saved).
1. Quotes from Baptist Manual:
a. “After saving faith” (cf. Mk. 16:16).
b. “New birth before baptism” (Jno. 3:5).
c. “Essential to obedience” (Acts 10:48; Heb. 5:9).
2. Without Christ’s baptism, one has not exercised saving faith, not born again & not fully obeyed Him…Lost in sin!
III. SUMMARY: BAPTISM IS…
A. For Believers Who Confess Faith & Repent of Sins – Acts 18:8.
B. For Forgiveness of Sins & Fellowship with God – Acts 22:16; Gal. 3:26-27.
C. For the Person who wants to be a Christian & be Saved from Their Sins – Acts 2:37-38.
1. Do you need to be forgiven of past sins? Do you need to become a Christian?
2. Do you believe? Will you confess it? Repent of your sins?
3. Then, be baptized now.