Over the past few weeks I have been contemplating being baptised, but have wanted to do it for the right reasons, I have done much research on the topic and spoken to friends about it as well. It never really dawned on me whether or not I was in fact ready to be baptised.
A friend told me a few days ago that he knows I am ready to be baptised, and yet even then did it not sink in whether or not I was ready, I had been sitting on Christmas evening in front of my laptop reading others blogs etc, and suddenly I realised that I AM READY, I have been ready for quite some time, but I am not just ready to be baptised I am ready to do whatever it is that God wants me to do, or to go wherever he wants me to go. Only he could have put this knowledge in my heart for me to know that I am ready.
Psalms 40:8 – I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.”
Not only am I ready but I am excited about it, as the scripture above says “I delight to do your will”, now not many Christians have an easy walk with the Lord, in fact I don’t think there is ANY Christian that can truly say being a Christian is EASY, what we can all say though is that it is worth it and rewarding to walk with God.
Some people die for Jesus, some people give up high paying and lucrative Jobs to follow Jesus, I know of 2 people that have done that. Some people lose all their friends and family friends to follow Jesus, some even have to pack up and go into dangerous territories for Him, now I do not know which category I fall into but I am ready for whatever it is. I AM READY.
I have no idea what the next step is, or even the one after that or the next ten after that, but God will reveal all this to me in His time.
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
This is one of my favourite quotes it explains faith so simply, you don’t have to see the whole staircase just take the first step. I am ready and willing to take the first step.
Matthew 10:38-42 – “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. “He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. “He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.”And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.”
Are you ready to take up the Cross of Jesus? Are you ready to deny yourself and do HIS will? I know I am.
1 Corinthians 15:57-58 – But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Ephesians 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
It’s clear that God prepared our work beforehand, he just have to be ready to start.
Psalm 108:1-6 (The Message) – I’m ready, God, so ready, ready from head to toe. Ready to sing, ready to raise a God-song: “Wake, soul! Wake, lute! Wake up, you sleepyhead sun!” I’m thanking you, God, out in the streets, singing your praises in town and country. The deeper your love, the higher it goes; every cloud’s a flag to your faithfulness. Soar high in the skies, O God! Cover the whole earth with your glory! And for the sake of the one you love so much, reach down and help me – answer me!
I am READY for God to use me for HIS Glory in a Mighty way.
So I am putting on the armour of God
- The belt of Truth
- The breastplate of Righteousness
- The shoes of the Gospel of Peace
- The shield of Faith
- The Helmet of Salvation
- The sword of the Spirit
Along with this feeling of readiness, I have this stron desire to Fast, mmm also do not have much information on this topic time for more research.
The past few days this thought has been playing on my mind, baptism and the meaning there of, what to expect etc. Now being born into the catholic religion I was baptised as a baby, but growing up we never practiced the catholic ways so to speak, I was baptised again at the age of 17, that was a choice I made at that stage in my life and at the church I was at. I realise now that, back then when I made the decision to get baptized I did it “just because” the option was there and I decided to do it.
Now for a few weeks now I have wanted to get baptised, I always thought that you could only get baptised once in your life, the reason for this is that when I made the choice to be baptised my family had asked me why I wanted to do it as I was baptised when I was a baby so what is the point of doing it again?
I asked my friend what he thought on this topic and whether it was ok to get baptised more than once, his answer was YES, it is ok to be baptised more than once.
I then did some research and found the following scripture:
Ephesians 4:4-5 – There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
When I read this my first thought was that what I had been told was right that we can only be baptised once in our life according to the bible. I then sent this scripture to my friend and asked him to interpret it and tell me how he understood the scripture
He told me this:
It does not say that you can only be baptised once, the scripture states that there is ONE BAPTISM, meaning that there is only ONE METHOD of baptism.
This then cleared up any confusion about the scripture that I had although I still wanted some sort of confirmation, I then found another website regarding the EXACT SAME Scripture and this is exactly what this piece says.
“The Bible emphatically states that there is “One Master – One Faith – ONE “BAPTISM” (Ephesians 4:5). This should leave no doubts that the believer has but ONE WAY that Baptism can be administered. Only this ONE Baptism could be truly acceptable to the Most High. All other ways are merely traditions of man and Messiah Himself said that such were ‘in vain.’ Baptism based on tradition and not on the Bible, is therefore administered -‘In vain’.
This for me was all the confirmation I had needed about the scripture in question.
My next point I want to make is exactly how you get baptised, when I was baptised as a baby I had water sprinkled on my forehead, however when I was baptised at the age of 17 I was fully submerged into the water,
I looked up the meaning of baptism and this is what I found: a primary verb; to whelm, i.e. cover wholly with a fluid
Let’s look at the Bible and what is said about baptism and the way it needs to be performed,
Matthew 28:19-20 –“ Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always even to the end of the age.”
Mark 16:15-16 – .And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”
Acts 8:36-38 – Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.”
So the first 2 verses I made reference to both say baptize and as I stated above the meaning of the word baptism means to cover wholly(entirely) with a fluid.
Then the last verse says that they WENT DOWN into the water, it doesn’t say that they went to a puddle.
So it is my understanding that the correct method is to be IMMERSED in the water.
While I still know very little about baptism now as I write this post I am doing research as I go along. So if anything I say is not correct please do correct me. You see I so desperately want to be baptised again I just feel that at the stage in my life that I am now, the time is right unlike the last time.
Acts 2:37-41 “Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brethren, what shall we do?’ And Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and be baptised every one of you … for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit … So those who accepted His Word were baptised”.
Now this verse for me says so much, it tells me that when you are baptised your sins are forgiven, why then do certain religions perform baptism on infants? I completely disagree with that as an infant cannot understand and does not know sin so therefore there is nothing to forgive. It also says that when being baptised you receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This confuses me somewhat; I have yet to fully understand the Magnitude of this gift and exactly WHAT it is. If anyone has a deeper understanding of this please leave a comment below. What is THE GIFT of the Holy Spirit, is it being able to speak in tongues, is it being able to understand it or is it many different things and each person receives a different gift.
I have made the decision to be baptised again, however this time around I need to be sure that the time is right and that I am doing it for the right reasons.
If anyone can shed some more light on the topic please feel free to do so. I have MINIMAL knowledge on this topic so I would really appreciate some feedback, I do not want to go into this and get baptised again and not know FULLY what to expect.