Baptism

 

Introduction

Baptism, one of the ordinances of the church, is a service that involved a person being submerged in sufficiently deep water to completely cover them with water, representing their death and resurrection into new life. Referred to as an outer symbol of an inward change, it is the key point of entry into the church. Jesus Himself was baptized by John the Baptism in the Jordan River at the beginning of His ministry.

On this page all of the information is given in the form of questions and answers.

What Does The Bible Say About Baptism

On this page  you will find more than forty passages of Scripture on the subject of Scriptural baptism. (Read all the passages about Baptism on this page.)

Is Baptism Necessary?

"Christ made baptism the entrance to His spiritual kingdom. He made this a positive condition with which all must comply who wish to be acknowledged as under the authority of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost." Manuscript 27a, 1900.6 (Read more about the necessity of baptism on the linked page.)

Is Rebaptism Ever Necessary

In the following quote we learn that rebaptism is sometimes pursued: "There is still another lesson for us in the experience of those Jewish converts. When they received baptism at the hand of John they did not fully comprehend the mission of Jesus as the Sin Bearer. They were holding serious errors. But with clearer light, they gladly accepted Christ as their Redeemer, and with this step of advance came a change in their obligations. As they received a purer faith, there was a corresponding change in their life. In token of this change, and as an acknowledgment of their faith in Christ, they were rebaptized in the name of Jesus." {AA 285.1} (Read more on this important topic.)

What Blessings Come With Baptism

Many blessings come with baptism, as revealed in the quotatiatons listed in this quoted excerpt of a sermon: "You are baptized in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. You are raised up out of the water to live henceforth in newness of life—to live a new life. You are born unto God, and you stand under the sanction and the power of the three holiest Beings in heaven, who are able to keep you from falling." – {1SAT 367.3} (Read more about the blessings that come with baptism.)

Is Baptism In the Names Of The Three Worthies Of Heaven Necessary?

In the article that is linked, O.A. Davis makes a compelling argument why baptism should always be in the name of the three worthies of heaven. (Read more about the necessity of being baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.)

Is Baptism An Automatic Ticket to Heaven

While baptism is a key point of entry to many churches, including the Seventh-day Adventist Church, it is not an automatic ticket to heaven, as affirmed on the linked article excerpt. (Read more about on baptism as a ticket to heaven.)