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My Personal Testimony: Baptism in and with water.
Baptism is a step of Faith.
Baptism with water.
The order in God’s Word is important
- first salvation,
- then water baptism,
- the baptism with the Holy Spirit,
The last two can differ, but never the first step. Water baptism is as important as Repentance.
We cannot understand the baptism with water or Spirit without the help of the Holy Spirit.
Water baptism is a faith step.
Lord show me the way!
Understanding Water Baptism.
Water Baptism (“Baptizo”)
To understand the baptism of water we must go back to the beginning of time. The floodwaters in the time of Noah and the ark are a type or shadow of water baptism. Noah and his family were saved from judgment and death through and in water. The same water that saved Noah then, drowned all the people living in that time.
For the one it was a way to be saved and for the other a way to death and judgement. Remember that God said that every truth will be established by two or three witnesses.
The word gives us another example.
We see the same principle: when Israel trekked from Egypt to the Promised Land, God could have let Israel travel on the existing route that was in use at the time, but He took them through the Red Sea with a purpose. The same water that saved Israel killed the Egyptians.
God shows us today through Noah and the Exodus of Israel through the Red sea, the way trough water to salvation.
Remember that Israel was not just a Jewish nation but consisted of many slaves from all the nations that the Egyptians had captured. It was every man’s own choice to trek with the man of God (Moses) out of Egypt, or to get into the ark with Noah. Those that decided to stay still had the food pots of Egypt (nice sinful pleasures of this earth for a while) or stayed slaves.
Those that trekked with God would face hunger and many hardships but with a vision of freedom and their own Promised Land (in our case heaven).
First God took them out of the sinful place, Egypt (repentance) and then through the water, “floodwaters”, “Red sea” (baptism with water).
God took Israel through the water, as they went into the sea; water surrounded them from all sides. When they walked over the sea-bed they were “buried” in the depths of the sea. When they entered in to the sea to cross, they were slaves of Egypt but when they came out of the water on the other side; they were God’s people, a free nation “Israel”.
A new nation was born of water and spirit. (They came out of the water and were led by the Spirit of God in a cloud). Their enemies were slain on the very same sea (or baptism) that brought Israel salvation and freedom from God’s judgment.
There is a lesson for us in these events.
If you decide to ignore this principal, you may be judged the same way that the enemy of God was judged. They did not believe Noah’s warnings nor heard Moses. Those people did not believe what was going to happen to them and were ignorant, but today we have learned from Israel’s history that God chose us to follow His route to be saved.
1 Corinthians 10:1-11: For I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, that our forefathers were all under and protected by the cloud [in which God's Presence went before them], and every one of them passed safely through the [Red] Sea, [Exodus. 13:21; 14:22, 29.] And each one of them [allowed himself also] to be baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea [they were thus brought under obligation to the Law, to Moses, and to the covenant, consecrated and set apart to the service of God]; And all [of them] ate the same spiritual(supernaturally given) food, [Exodus. 16:4, 35.]
And they all drank the same spiritual (supernaturally given) drink. For they drank from a spiritual Rock which followed them [produced by the sole power of God Himself without natural instrumentality], and the Rock was Christ. [Exodus. 17:6; Numbers. 20:11.] (AMP)
Baptism is a symbolic action and the spiritual can only happen through faith, the same faith that is applied when you repent.
You will be convinced by the Holy Spirit to take this step and when you feel and hear His gentle touch, don’t be ignorant and don’t be shy or afraid what people are going to say. If your life depends on it, what does it matters what people say?
You cannot see what happens in the flesh with baptism, as we saw in Israel’s history, for when you are baptised, it is all spiritual thing.
The same principals apply to our lives today; after we trekked out of our Egypt, (our old life of sin) and repented we must then trek through the water (of baptism) to die to ourselves and to become new, reborn in the spirit, free and a clean person.
When we go through the water of baptism, we symbolise dying with Christ and being resurrected with Him on other side of the baptismal water. We have died unto sin and are now alive unto righteousness. The baptismal water symbolises the grave.
We must die in ourselves and we must now live in Christ Jesus. We do not live any more, butYeshua lives in us. In other words we must live the life of Christ, now through our own lives.
We must be baptised publicly to show our death and resurrection (in faith) with Christ to the people as well as the spiritual world.
Diagram Explaining Baptism.
Dip into water.
“Baptizo” was used in the secular Greek Language to describe the act of dyeing wool or garments, tempering metal (where you heat metal till it is red hot and then you “dip” it into water to cool of off).
The word was also used for drawing water from a well, with a container, or launching a ship into water. All these usages indicate immersion. I was taught that we must be baptised when we are a baby (sprinkled). (Sprinkling does not bury you as going into the water does).
The Greek word for sprinkling is a different word, namely “Rhantizo” and that did not appear in the Bible. “Baptizo” come from a root word “bapto” and it literally means to “dip”, to immerse, to submerge, to plunge, to cover wholly with a fluid, to overwhelm.
Because the word “dip” or “immersed” did not correspond with the practices of the church then, when the King James Translation of the Bible was translated, the word “baptizo” was translated in English as a transliteration word, namely “baptize” The word teaches us to be submersed when baptised, like when Israel went through the Red-Sea. In Afrikaans we use a word “doop” and the custom is when you “doop” a rusk in your coffee, you put it under the fluid and then you eat it, you do not sprinkle a few drops of coffee onto it. Here are some versus to study about the Baptism of water.
Matthew 3:13-16:Then cometh Yeshua (Jesus) from Galilee to the Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. (14): But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and come thou to me? (15): And Yeshua (Jesus) answering said unto him, Suffer [it to be so] now: for thus it become us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. (16): And Yeshua (Jesus), when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: (KJV).
Here we see that Yeshua came to John to be baptised, but John refused to baptise Yeshua, because Yeshua was without sin and John had the sinful nature.
So John believed that Yeshua ought to baptise him and not the other way around. John’s baptism was a forward look to Yeshua, the sinless man, a better deal; Yeshua the baptiser that would come and that can save us from sin.
John’s baptism couldn’t forgive sin; water can not wash away sin, but only the blood of the Lamb can was away sin. John baptizing them with water as the cleansing customs were, a sign and means of salvation.
This baptism was only temporary. Yeshua commanded John to baptise Him in saying the following “for thus it become us to fulfil all righteousness”, in other words Yeshua was obedient to the Father and John was obedient to Yeshua.
Although it was not necessary for Jesus to undergo the baptism of repentance, He set the example for us.
We have to fulfil every part of Gods word (righteousness). After Yeshua was water baptised it was as if God the Father expressed His pleasure concerning his Son’s baptism.
This is one of the only times that the Trinity is manifested, showing to the importance of the water baptism. The Son was baptised, God the father spoke and the Holy Spirit came down as a dove and settled on Yeshua. (Matthew 3:16-17) Yeshua (Jesus)’ disciple would baptise them later after they have made step one, repented from there sin and die with Christ as mentioned above.
Matthew 28:19-20:Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age." (GNB)
Mark 1:5: And there went out unto him all the land of Judea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.
Mark 16:16: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (NKJ)
Mark 16:16, is translated in the newer translations so as to sound that if you were baptised (small as a baby) you will be saved.
We must understand that when you come to the place where you repent, it is a decision of a sound mind (adult), and no baby can make such a decision, neither the parents of the baby for the baby.
The word “Baptizo” means to be dipped under the water, like a Rusk in your coffee. Remember that the Bible teach us that you must first come to repentance and then be baptized in water.
The decision to be baptised It is also a decision of a sound mind.
Acts 8:13: Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs, which were done. (KJV)
Acts 16:15: And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought [us], saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and aide [there]. And she constrained us. (KJV)
We must be baptised publicly to show our death and resurrection (in faith) with Christ to the people as well as the spiritual world.
The Spirit Of The Lord Lead me to Be Obedient in Baptism.
Me been Baptism with water.
Understanding the water baptism is only possible by the working of the Holy Spirit.
I did not understand the water baptism at all, especially why it is so important. After all, I was baptised when I was a baby, (sprinkled), so why must I be baptised as an adult, again?
I considered it embarrassing to be baptised in public and even worse to be baptised totally under water. I was struggling with this for quite some time and even had sleepless nights about it.
Then I decided to study the baptism and to wait on the Holy Spirit for wisdom and understanding of these things. After a thorough searching of the Word of God, the Spirit of the Lord led me to baptism. The Holy Spirit showed me the lie that holds so many Christians from true baptism.
He led me to understand that a baby could not make the decision to be baptised as he did not have understanding. Yet the Bible say’s that we are to repent and be baptised. This shows that we need to be sorry for our sins and make a decision. Clearly, a baby cannot make any decision.
He also led me into understanding that it had a spiritual meaning as well, in the sense that I had to die in Christ and I had to be buried with Him (my old life). He showed me that a seed first had to die in the ground before it could grow and bear fruit.
I went in obedience because of my love for the Lord Yeshua (Jesus) Christ. I went to my pastor and I asked him to baptise me, and he said that there would a baptismal service in two weeks time. The drive of the Holy Spirit was so strong in my life that I said to him that I could not wait that long. I wanted to be baptised that very night, and if he did not want to, I would go and look for somebody that would. He decided to baptise me that night and announced it in church. I was baptised that evening, with some other people. Nothing happened to make me feel different.
I had hoped that I would experience something supernatural, but I did not. I know that I was in the will of God, because God’s word told me, the Holy Spirit brought peace into my life and I was no longer under condemnation about the baptism. I went to bed with joy and gladness in my heart. During the night, the Lord showed me a vision of what had happened when I was baptised.
Vision after my Babtism
The Vision of the cross after my water baptism:
This is what the Lord showed me. I looked down into a grave. I could see a coffin down at the bottom of the grave. I saw that the coffin’s lid was covered with a thin layer of soil. As I was looking, the lid of the coffin became like water. I was still looking when I saw something move beneath the water. Slowly I saw a golden cross rising out of the water. The cross arose slowly until it was above the coffin and then it stood upright in the grave.
The beauty of the cross took my breath away. I have never seen anything so beautiful in my entire life. The cross was made out of solid gold and there were all sorts of precious stones moulded into it. This cross-shone like the sun and it was almost too much to look at. I was still admiring this cross when it was placed on a hillside nearby where the whole Earth could see it. My first thought was that this cross, before me was Yeshua (Jesus) Christ. In my heart, I suddenly understood: The old me had become new. “I was dead, as the coffin in the grave symbolised and after passing through the baptismal water in faith, it was me that was raised on the other side of the grave, as the cross.”
It was I that shone with that beauty and the glory of the Lord, because I had been washed clean of all sins. I had become a new creature in Christ Yeshua (Jesus). I was stunned, and even today as I close my eyes I can see that cross, its beauty and its slender. It always helps me to look forward in dark days and it gives me confidences in Christ Yeshua (Jesus) because it is He that is in me that makes me so beautiful. Believer, you will also look like that in the spiritual realm if you are obedient in this step.
The grave is symbolic of sin and death. The coffin is symbolic of my state of sin. The soil is symbolic of our fleshly nature. The water is symbolic of spiritual rebirth. The gold is symbolic of Divine Nature and the precious stones symbolise a solid foundation in Christ Yeshua (Jesus), and also means the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the cross is symbolic of the sacrifice I had made in laying down my old nature to take up my cross and the nature of Yeshua (Jesus) Christ.
What is the Symbolism of Babtism?
The grave is symbolic of sin and death.
The coffin is symbolic of my state of sin.
The soil is symbolic of our fleshly nature.
The water is symbolic of spiritual rebirth.
The gold is symbolic of Divine Nature
The precious stones symbolise a solid foundation in Christ Jesus,
It also means the gifts of the Holy Spirit
The cross is symbolic of the sacrifice I had made in laying down my old nature to take up my cross and the nature of Jesus Christ.
Lindie being baptized in the Bath 2013.
Petro Rich being baptized 12/10/2008
Johan Benecke being baptized in 2008
Baptized in the bath 2013!
Rina being baptized 2008.
Petro Rich couldn't contain her excitement to be obedient to God.
Do I get Babtized or not?
Do you believe that the water baptism is necessary?
Did you take the step of Babtsm.
Baptism links to read
- Water Baptism - Bible Study and Christian Teaching on Baptism in Water - Biblical Teachings
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