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Jesus Christ commanded his disciples to preach the gospel to all the
world, baptizing all
who believed, in the
name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. This command was
faithfully carried out in the early church. Water baptism is for believers
only; those who hear the gospel, believe, and turn to Christ as their
Savior. This is the pattern we see throughout the early church, as is seen
in the book of Acts. Water baptism is the outward symbolic act, of the
regeneration, that has already taken place in the heart ( spirit ). It
symbolizes the death of the old life and the birth of the new.
And he said unto them. “Go ye into all the world, and preach the
gospel to every
Vs.16. “ He that
believes and is baptized shall be saved; but
he that believeth
not shall be damned”.
MATTHEW 28:19 “Go
ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name
of the Father, and
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”.
ACTS 8:35-38 Then
Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and
preached unto him
Vs.36 And as
they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch
said, “See, here
is water, what doth hinder me to be baptized”?
Vs.37 And Philip
said, “If thou believeth with all thine heart, thou mayest”. And he
answered and said,
“I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God”.
Vs.38 And he
commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down into the
water, both Philip and
the eunuch: and he baptized him.
See the following:
that while Peter was preaching about Jesus they received the Holy
Spirit, later they were baptized in water. ( Only born again Christians
receive the Holy Spirit ) they became Christians before they were baptized
in water. Water Baptism has nothing to do with regeneration.