What do you think that is it necessary to be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit?
Yes, it is compulsory to be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. God strongly commanded the importance of baptism. Even Jesus Christ got baptized. Here, we can see that at the time of Moses people were also baptized. In the book of (1 Corinthians 10:1,2), Paul said, “Dear brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, that all our elders were under the sky, and all of them passed through the sea.” All of them, under the sky, in the sea, they were baptized by Moses.
Why Jesus took Baptism?
In the New Testament in the book of (Matthew 3:15-16), Jesus was baptized by John despite being holy and sinless. The following questions crossed my mind. Why was Jesus baptized? Why did Jesus Christ submit himself to be baptized? I found 2 reasons in the Bible, but if you know more please share below in a comment.
- To fulﬁll righteousness (Matthew 3:15).
- To be manifested to Israel (John 1:31).
Why is baptism important?
(John 3:1-7) states, “Nicodemus came to Jesus by night and said to him, Rabbi, we know that you have come from God as a teacher because no man would be able to do these miracles which you do if God was not with you. Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth if someone is not born again, then the Kingdom of God can not be seen.” Nicodemus said to him, “When a man is getting old, then how can he take birth again? Can he be born by entering his mother’s womb for the second time?” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth. As long as a man is not born with spirit and water, he can never enter into God’s kingdom. Because that which is born from the body is the body, And that which is born from the soul is the soul. Do not be amazed that I said to you, that you must be born again.” Here Jesus talks about baptism which is necessary for everyone who accepted Jesus as their Savior. A man’s birth from water is very important; otherwise, it is not possible for him to enter the kingdom of God.
Baptism is a symbol or a signboard of Christ’s cruciﬁxion and his resurrection. Paul clearly said that in (Romans 6:3,4) “Do not you know that all who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? So that we were buried with him because of the baptism of that death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we should also walk in the new life.”
1.) God commanded baptism
Because God commanded this for all in (Matthew 28:18-20) and Jesus came to them and said, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go then, and make disciples of all the nations, giving them baptism in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit; teaching them to keep the commandments which I have given you: and see, I am ever with you, even to the end of the world.”
2.) Jewish people considered two witnesses
(2 Corinthians 13:1) says “Now I come to you for the third time; every single thing will be ﬁxed by the mouth of two or three witnesses.” This states again the law of interpretation of the Scriptures. Every doctrine must be proved by at least 2 or 3 scriptures to be accepted as truth and binding upon Christians. (Deuteronomy 19:15-18; Matthew 18:16)
List of people who gave baptism
- John the Baptist (Matthew 3:13).
- Jesus’ disciples (John 3:22; John 4:2).
- Philip gave baptism to the eunuch (Acts 8:36).
- Ananias gave baptism to Saul (Paul) (Acts 9:17-19).
- Paul gave baptism to newly converted souls (Acts 10:47-49).
- Paul and Silas baptize the keeper of the prison and his family (Acts 16:33).
Jesus did not baptize anyone mentions in the Bible, only his disciples did. But John the Baptist says in (Matthew 3:11), “Truly, I give baptism with water to those of you whose hearts are changed; but He comes after me is greater than I, whose shoes I am not good enough to take up: He will give you baptism with the Holy Spirit and with ﬁre.” This verse is about the Holy Spirit God gave to those who ﬁrst believe in Him as a gift for them. In (John 7:37-39) Jesus said in a loud voice, “If any man is in need of a drink, let him come to me and I will give it to him. Those who believe in me, as it is mentioned and has come in the Holy Scripture, rivers of water will flow out of their lives.” This he said of the Spirit which would be given to those who had faith in Him: the Spirit had not been given then because the glory of Jesus was still to come. And in (Acts 1:4-8) in verse 5 it is written, “For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” On the other hand, verse 8 asserts, “But you will have power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.”
Therefore, the baptism of the water is as equally important as the baptized in the name of the Father, Son and The Holy Ghost for all those who believe in Christ.