WATER BAPTISM….

Should we? Might we? May we? Can we? Must we?

If you were in an army and you were given an ORDER from a Commanding Officer to do something and to do it, by implication, NOW, would you sit on that ORDER and consider it, and choose your own timing of when to carry it out? Or would you be required and expected to OBEY, and to obey immediately, as soon as was practical for you to carry the orders out?

It would surely be to obey and to do so in an immediate way. Commands are only commands if there is an urgency to have them carried out. And we dare not disobey and not do something we have been commanded to do!

Well, the ORDER has come via the Commander and Chief to “Repent and be baptised!” (Acts 2:38)

Certainly, from this next verse the forgiveness of sins is wrapped up in the act of baptism. It’s not just a “symbolic” (powerless image only) act to do, as many say it is, where one can take or leave the symbolism-as long as you confess your sins and believe. Instead, the truth, according to Scripture, shows that baptism is inextricably linked to your redemption and forgiveness of your sins. How important is that?!

Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “ Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ FOR the forgiveness of your sins

Where does it say that this is an ORDER then? Can’t I take time to study it out or wait until I’m ready, or when the ‘conditions’ are just right?

Acts 10:46-48 “Then Peter answered ‘Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptised who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did can he?’ And he ORDERED them to be baptised in (into) the name of Jesus Christ.

Peter the apostle ORDERED them all to be water baptised. The verse following on from this one above states that they all received this and obeyed this because (v48) “Then they asked him to stay on for a few days.” They had to have been water baptised within those next few days, if not straight away following Peter’s order, otherwise the text would have stated that Peter would have had something to say about it had they not, as he was there with them over those next few days! They would not have offered this hospitality if they were going to in any way think about it or delay this command. Remember these were Gentiles-it wasn’t their historic practice to be baptised or cleansed by water immersion. Note also, that Peter said “Surely no one can refuse the water…” and by implication he was referring in particular to his accompanying Jewish circumcised brethren, who could have so refused this to these Gentiles, but who did not. Indeed, how silly it would have been if the Gentiles themselves (new to this) had “refused” it, which of course they did not.

The other word for ORDERED above in other English translations sometimes used is the word, COMMANDED.

It is the Greek word ‘prostasso’ and this Greek word for “ORDERED” or “COMMANDED” can also be found in these following Scriptures:

Matthew 1:24 And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded (prostasso) him, and took Mary as his wife.

The angel of the Lord commanded Joseph and he instantly obeyed. He did not think twice about it.

Matthew 8:4 And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go, show yourself to the priest and present the offering that Moses commanded (prostasso), as a testimony to them.”

Jesus Himself affirmed the importance of instantly obeying the “command” (prostasso), in this case from his servant Moses.

Acts 10: 33 So I sent for you immediately, and you have been kind enough to come. Now then, we are all here present before God to hear all that you have been commanded (prostasso) by the Lord.”

Do you remember what the Lord had “commanded” Peter in this instance from this passage? It was the vision Peter had received from God three times in a trance when he was praying, which was about the acceptance of the Gentiles into the faith. A pretty important thing you would agree! We, as Gentiles are saved as a result of that vision! Note how Peter himself had to then act immediately upon this COMMAND (prostasso) by the Lord?

Matthew 21:6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded (prostasso) them.

May we also do, and the people you know, do, all that Jesus COMMANDS us to do. For Him and for our benefit.



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