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What Being Baptized Means

Updated on January 9, 2016

Baptism is by Immersion in Water

The one being baptized may need to repeat vows.
The one being baptized may need to repeat vows. | Source
The baptizer recites scripture and doctrine before and after baptism.
The baptizer recites scripture and doctrine before and after baptism. | Source
The ceremony can last from 5 to 10 minutes per person. It depends on the type of church.
The ceremony can last from 5 to 10 minutes per person. It depends on the type of church. | Source
Don't be afraid of the water. You will not drown. You go down and under for 1 second.
Don't be afraid of the water. You will not drown. You go down and under for 1 second. | Source

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

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.



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  • word55 profile imageAUTHOR

    Al Wordlaw 

    3 years ago from Chicago

    Hi Jackie, I appreciate your comment of "the washing away of sins through the blood of Jesus." People really need to believe that. They need to know that they can inherit a beautiful, stress free life after baptism. Your comment was very well welcomed. God bless!

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    C E Clark 

    3 years ago from North Texas

    You state the meaning of baptism well. Choosing to turn one's back on a sinful life and a sinful way of living in favor of following Christ and living with Him in our hearts so that we can do good is the idea. It is a problem for people sometimes that their sinful animal body has desires of its own, but with Christ those things can be overcome. To be tempted is not a sin, but to give in to that temptation is another matter. Well done, Sir.

  • word55 profile imageAUTHOR

    Al Wordlaw 

    3 years ago from Chicago

    Thanks manitita44, I appreciate your valuing my conviction. I love having peace. Have a great weekend!

  • word55 profile imageAUTHOR

    Al Wordlaw 

    3 years ago from Chicago

    Kiss andTales, thank you for your comment and on point explanation about dedication and baptism by immersion.

  • DREAM ON profile image


    3 years ago

    Many people have a baptism within the first three months in church. Thank you for your knowledge .

  • Frank Atanacio profile image

    Frank Atanacio 

    3 years ago from Shelton

    When someone decides to get right with God, part of the “outward sign” of accepting Jesus as their savior is being baptized. It is an exciting time for Christians, and it is a ceremony I'd like to experience once.. although I am not Christian it still feels like a warm gathering with God and an event that seems wholesome voted up and awesome

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    Dora Weithers 

    3 years ago from The Caribbean

    Word, thanks for your insight on this important topic of baptism--"to give up the past way ... to a new life of being forgiven for wrongdoing ... to God and to others." Great that you mention the effect of baptism on relationship with people as well as with God.

  • word55 profile imageAUTHOR

    Al Wordlaw 

    3 years ago from Chicago

    Hi Catherine, I'm glad you think this is a good explanation for someone considering baptism. I tried to make it clearer than it was to me when I first considered it. This world is too unstable to live without going through it.

  • CatherineGiordano profile image

    Catherine Giordano 

    3 years ago from Orlando Florida

    A good explanation of baptism that should be helpful to someone considering being baptized.

  • lawrence01 profile image

    Lawrence Hebb 

    3 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

    Awesome testimony to what Baptism means to the individual, a declaration of faith in and willingness to follow Jesus.

    Beautiful hub


  • Michael-Milec profile image


    3 years ago

    You are an admirable person, my friend unveiling mysterious act of water baptism from your point of view ... admitting that ''People do not talk much about their being baptized." Could it be that we get pretty soon dried and in changed clothes after being " baptized"? or perhaps the more important emphasis is upon the baptism with the Holy Spirit and with fire?...

    Just asking...

    " So then, you will recognize them by their fruit,"- Jesus' words.

    Voted interesting.

    Glory be to God, Peace with us.

  • Jackie Lynnley profile image

    Jackie Lynnley 

    3 years ago from The Beautiful South

    I think it is symbolic of the washing away of our sins through the blood of Jesus. I love watching baptisms!

  • manatita44 profile image


    3 years ago from london

    Interesting Hub. I value your conviction. Much Peace.

  • Kiss andTales profile image

    Kiss andTales 

    3 years ago

    True it is a dedication , an oath by water that you are in a relationship with Jesus and his Father to do his work.

    Our lives should set the example in that we believe what we tell others.

    It is like a doctor who has degrees in medicine. And he has oath to use his practice to save lives. Yet he does not stand before you as a patient , with his teeth about to fall out, high blood pressure, and major health concerns , he must live what he believes for his patients. Baptism is an oath

    Between you and God.


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