Purpose of Baptism

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  1. freeatlast

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    There are a couple threads running about Baptism. Here is another question on the matter. In light of scripture what is the purpose of Baptism starting after the resurrection of the Lord? That means this does not include John's baptism, just the Baptism of NT believers.
     
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    outward sign of an inward work alread performed by God to us...

    per paul, showing that we have been "crucified with/in Christ", that we have now been fully justiifed, and have new life in union with Him!
     
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    What scripture are you referring to that speaks of the purpose of baptism?
     
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    outward sign of an inward work alread performed by God to us...

    per paul, showing that we have been "crucified with/in Christ", that we have now been fully justiifed, and have new life in union with Him!


    JesusFan, are you implying here that water baptism should not be a burden? Good for you.

    Communion should not be a burden; feet washing should not be a burden; tithing should not be a burden; ministering to widows should not be a burden; mandatory presence in church should not be a burden; visitations should not be a burden; wearing a suit and tie to church should not be a burden.

    Why the need then to create all these burden's? Water Baptism is but one part of the "follow me" instruction.

    Christians today are so burdened down with guilt trips they can't seem to find a way clear to live a victorious Christian life.

    So sad. :tear:
     
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    Romans 6:4
    Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
     
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    Yes, we should take this flippantly, with levity, and lightly, afterall it's only an "follow me instruction." I mean, following Him isn't that important, right.

    Um, no, not quite my friend.

    Nothing about following Him in baptism at salvation is a burden. Any person who thought their baptism was any type of burden for doing so has some serious spiritual problems.
     
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    Yes, we should take this flippantly, with levity, and lightly, afterall it's only an "follow me instruction." I mean, following Him isn't that important, right.

    Um, no, not quite my friend.

    Nothing about following Him in baptism at salvation is a burden. Any person who thought their baptism was any type of burden for doing so has some serious spiritual problems


    Back in the 1970's I was in a revival service. The one speaking told of having drove up on an auto accident in his younger years (1950's) only to find a man laying in the road in extreme bad shape as a result of said accident.

    After looking at him for a moment he decided the man probably would not live so he began to witness to him telling him of his need to accept Jesus. He did, according to the Preacher and within minutes he passed away.

    Poor guy! As a result, he didn't get baptized; wasn't able to take communion; wasn't able to speak in gibberish; wasn't able to tithe, missed the washing of feet and never made it to the first preaching service.

    I would assume said preacher that night told the truth. I don't know. So what about this guy? Did he die and go to hell? Or did Jesus keep His word and that man found himself in paradise that night?

    Other than his injuries from the car accident he suffered no burden what-so-ever.

    As for my baptism I never considered it a burden to me. For someone to tell me that I "must" be baptized within certain hours, days, weeks of accepting Christ is a burden. Maybe I'll need to overcome my broken leg before I can get baptized.
     
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