Updated: Aug 23, 2018
TEACHINGS ON WATER BAPTISM
According to The Father's House AG Church Statement of Faith, every born-again believer must take water baptism as a sign of repentance and as an act of obedience.
Salvation is three dimensional in operation.
(1) Get Saved
(2) Getting Saved everyday
(3) One day when Jesus returns and takes His bride away, we will be finally Saved.
Water baptism is the second step towards our spiritual journey into eternity with Jesus Christ. One of the spiritual foundations of a believer, defined by Jesus Christ before His ascension to heaven, is Water Baptism. The Apostles defined and conformed it on the day of Pentecost i.e. the birth of the New Testament church.
Study of Greek word for Baptism:
1. Bapto, the root word for baptize and baptism, means to dip; dip under; sink; dip in; immerse; plunge; and to cover wholly with liquid. It is used 4 times in the Scripture.
1.a. Dip finger in water (Luke 16:24)
1.b. Dip bread in gravy (twice in John 13:26)
1.c. Garment dipped in blood to dye it (Revelations 19:13)
2. Baptidzo, derived from bapto, to make whelmed or wholly wet; immerse; submerge; sink; plunge; to dip under; and to baptize. It appears 80 times in the New Testament and is thus used:
2.a. Baptized in the river Jordan (Mathew 3:6; Mark 1:5, 9)
2.b. Baptized with (Greek in) water (Mathew 3:11; Mark 1:8; John 1:26, 31, 33)
2.c. When he was baptized, went up out of the water (Mathew 3:16; Mark 1:10; Acts 8:38-39)
2.d. Baptized in the cloud and in the sea (1Corinthians 10:2)
I. BAPTISM OF REPENTANCE
Baptism of repentance was introduced by John the Baptist at the time of Jesus.
Matthew 3:1-2, 6
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
There were three groups of people who came to take baptism by John the Baptist.
1. Geographical group. (Mathew 3:5 ; Mark 1:5)
People of: (a) Jerusalem (b) Judea (c) region round about Jordan
2. Religious group. (Mathew 3:7; Luke 7:30; John 1:19, 24)
(a) Pharisees and Sadducees (b) Lawyers of the Law (c) Levites and Priests.