What Being Baptized Means
Baptism is by Immersion in Water
Many people admire being celebrated and participating in the ritual of Baptism for whatever reasons that compel them to do so. It is as significant as graduating or transcending from one stage of life to a higher one. Baptism should be the most sacred ceremony of all for an individual. It should definitely be an individual pursuit to understand and achieve. It requires commitment to a new and gifted kind of life. People do not talk much about their being baptized. It is not socially compelling to talk about because it is an exceptional and personal accomplishment.
We were all born into this world of sin. Therefore, we have baptism as an opportunity to repent and correct that dilemma. However, no one should attempt to get baptized before understanding the commitment of being aligned with the glory of God and His Will. I will make this as simple as I can. I have commented here before that being baptized is symbolic of a change to give up the past way of a wretched or wrong way of life to a new life of being forgiven for wrongdoing in the sight of, to God and to others as well as the forgiving what one or more people have done to you.
Baptism means as it is said in the Bible, a person participates in a ritual that symbolizes a person becoming a new creature and old things (old way of living) have passed away, especially intangibly which entails a new and better way of thinking and believing and also, tangibly a better way of talking, walking and living. One obscurity to a person having desire to be baptized is being afraid to change for fear of not knowing what to expect or how to function but a large part of this sacred transition is giving this life over to God the Potter, for His molding expertise of our characters to His fashion. There is no reason to worry or fear the outcome but to take life in stride, knowing that God is in control. So, if any obscurity remains then the person does not fully understand along with the sacrifice that is necessary and therefore, is not ready to be baptized.
It is important to know that many people get baptized. They appear to live a wonderful life but they sometimes, fall back off their aim to be followers of God in Christ and God in themselves. This happens when people become weak in their faith and their physical bodies many times including sickness and disease. After a while, they may heal, regain their faith and physical strength. But guess what? Mistakes can happen again and again until they get it together after they have considered that they have fallen for the final time.
God Is Forgiving
A person can come back to God many times and God will forgive and accept the righteousness of he or she. Nobody knows how many chances a person has to come to God and falter back and forth but chances sooner or later do run out. God has implied that He controls whatever is in His sphere of righteousness. Otherwise, it is a matter of choices made for whatever the reasons by the individual that ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time. In more words, a person must come to God in time because Satan does not care for anyone. It is important to choose a side. The great controversy in life is between God and His angels and Satan and his angels.
Maintaining Proper Diet
We must be reminded that the Bible is God’s manual of human, daily operation. The Book and Chapter 11 of Leviticus in the Old Testament tells us the foods that are clean and good for us to eat besides the following foods that have healing properties after sickness and disease such as organic vegetation, fruit, legumes, herbs and nuts. Unclean foods are considered abominable (detrimental) to our bodies.
Being baptized and living the life means submitting to and receiving favor of God after all and there should be no more turning back and or falling off track but is sacredly straight forward, a soldier for the Lord. Being baptized includes the belief in One Lord, one faith, and one baptism.