What is Water Baptism?

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:16

The word “Baptize” is a Greek word, meaning, “to immerse.” John baptized in the Jordan River and the disciples of Jesus baptized in bodies of water. Thus, proper baptism is to completely immerse into water. Sprinkling and other forms of baptism came along after the Bible was written. They are not Scriptural.


Water baptism is one of the most important Christian rituals every person has to undergo in order to fulfill all righteousness (Matthew3:15). Water baptism was a doctrine which was introduced on earth by John the Baptist where he baptized people unto repentance in the Jordan River where also our Lord Jesus Christ was baptized.


Why we baptize?

Like we discussed above, water baptism should only be done in deep waters, water baptism is a public declaration that someone has become a Christian. It proclaims the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. When we get baptized, we die to the old sinful-self and we become new creations in Christ Jesus obtaining the hope of resurrection. Colossians2:12 says; Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

Below are some of the Essential benefits of Water Baptism;


1. We become new creations in Christ Jesus. Galatians3:27; For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.


2. Hope for Eternal Life after Resurrection. Romans6:3-5; Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 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.


3. Initiation into the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Acts2:38; Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.


4. Obtaining Spiritual Power and strength. Mark 16:16-17; He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues.


5. To Enter into God’s Kingdom. John3:5; Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.


6. Washing away of Sins. Acts22:16; And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.


How to Baptize?

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Matthew28:19

Water baptism should only be done in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Now this sounds like a new doctrine to the reader but it’s the truth of God’s word. You may ask and say, why did then Jesus command the disciples to baptize in the name of the father, and of the son and of the Holy Spirit; right, I want also to ask you, what is the name of the Father? What is the name of the son? And what is the name of the Holy Spirit?, we rightly know that father, Son and Holy Spirit are not names but Titles of one GOD, Unless you want to separate the three and give each a Different name, but according to 1John5:7; For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are ONE. God has got a name and all baptisms should be done in His Holy name.


The Everlasting name of God is YHVH or YHWH which was given vowels for clear pronunciation for all men and now we call Him YAHWEH in Hebrew or JEHOVAH in English. God has obtained many other names because of His Holy attributes and because of what He has done for His Saints. The redemptive name of the Lord God Almighty is JESUS CHRIST, the Saviour of the world; because of the much Knowledge, wisdom and Revelations that the Apostles of Jesus Christ obtained by the Holy Spirit, they could not confuse the word of God and do contrary to His will, no one of them could ever baptize in the name of the father, son and of the Holy Spirit, They all with one consent baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ beginning with Peter at the Pentecostal day experience.

Acts2:38

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.


Acts19:3-5

And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.


No apostle ever baptized in the name of the father, of son and of the Holy spirit because they knew and understood the word of God in depth, and therefore also this generation should get back to the original word of God and receive the true kind of Baptism, in our modern days many people have been baptized but few have been transformed and converted just because they received a wrong baptism. If you were baptized in the name of the father, son and of the Holy Spirit, you were ignorantly introduced into a pagan Roman Catholic doctrine of The Trinity which religiously means ‘’Three Gods’’ or else initiated into polytheism literally meaning the worship of many gods, but the True church of God has no such doctrines.


You will be surprised to know that even the modern Pentecostal church liken to the Catholics has left the Deity of Jesus Christ, I have heard many of them pray through the name of the father, son and of the Holy Spirit; instead of praying through the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, no wonder the power of God has left the church because of false doctrines and blasphemies.


In conclusion; likened to the church of Ephesus, the disciples had been baptized in any other name other than the name of Jesus Christ and they were commanded by Apostle Paul to be Baptized again, therefore; whosoever was baptized in the name of the father, son, and of the Holy Spirit or in any other names, should be Re-baptized in the redemptive name of the Lord Jesus Christ.


Can a baby be baptized?

Absolutely No; no babies should ever be baptized because they are too young to discern what is good and bad. The only condition for baptism is that a person must first believe by himself within his heart that Jesus is the son of God and confess with his mouth that He rose from the dead, once someone has with his/her right conscious accepted the gift of salvation, then he can be Baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.


A parent cannot believe nor confess on behalf of their children, neither a husband for his wife, nor a friend for a friend, salvation is a personal choice; therefore if you think you were baptized in that way, you need to be re-baptized again in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.


Is sprinkling a symbol for Baptism?

Well, the catholic church teaches the sacrament of Baptism where sprinkling is a true symbol of baptism, to my opinion, because they do child baptism, they couldn’t deep the little eight days baby into a river for baptism’s sake, it would sound not logical to the society, therefore they invented a reasonable way of child baptism and that is ‘’Sprinkling’’. Upon a false doctrine they spiced with deception and upon deception they spiced with blasphemies, Sprinkling is not another way of baptism and neither a symbol of baptism according to the Holy Scriptures, if it was so, show me where its written.


The only one way of Baptism is Immersion in deep water.


Who can baptize?

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Matthew28:19

The ordination of Jesus Christ is for all believers, every one that has believed on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ has become a partaker of the heavenly gifts and powers through the Holy Spirit, therefore every True born Again Christian standing right with the word of God has the right to all the gifts of the Holy spirit, he can pray for the sick for healing, speak in other tongues, cast out evil spirits, preach the word of God and as well has full rights to baptize new converts.


Don’t wait to be ordained by some seminary institution or by prophet or apostle, pastor so and so; Your calling is not from man but from above from God, He has ordained you and sent you already; the fact that you have the power to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, you too have the right to baptize in His name.


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