Baptized once, Baptized Again?
Q: Dan I need to ask you a question and it might seem like something I should or shouldn't do. When I was baptised I was about 26 this was when I believe the church organisation whatever you want call it, baptised me in the name of Jehovah son the spirit now I know how they got to his transition, but any way as it goes this is not corrected? Do I need to have it done when in my new and better understanding? I think I do, what do you say?
A: Baptism is a form of confession. In the First century, baptism was used by the Holy Spirit to prove who and who was not acceptable. This was a tool to demonstrate to the racially prejudice Jews that, Yes, Gentiles too. Once the Church got on board with this idea that the Gospel and the Coming Kingdom promise was for all people, then Baptism became a confession of acceptance. Many religions use baptism, even the Jews had a cleansing celebration and had baptism pools. But who is going to baptize a person taken hostage or marked for death and comes to the Messiah while being held? You know, like the man stranded on an island and is awakened? Who is there to baptize them? Lots of questions, like this. When the Church is in a state of peace and not running from persecution, then there can be an orderly manner and even a ceremonial aspect to baptizing those as they confess Him before others in the Church. But, what about those people on the run? The first 100 years, led into Church, confessing YaHshua, was in hiding and on the run and virtually disappeared, historically, because of the sport of killing those of this new sect.
What reappeared, around 380 AD, we had nearly 200 years pass where those Churches, founded by the Apostles, Seven of which are mentioned in Revelation, are gone from historical view, as if blown into the wind, which, they were. What happened to Baptism in those days? It is more about what you think. Who says it has to be a man, who says it has to be anyone? Of course, the examples in the New Covenant writings demonstrate forms followed along Jewish lines, but we have, the Church from the First Century, has passed from Jewish or Israeli forms to Gentile, for we now, temporarily, live in the Times of the Gentiles and this will be until our Lord and Savior, YaHshua returns. Luke 21:24.
What is Baptism, to you? If it is you confession and knowing, at this moment, it is all about you -- your moment of change and acceptance and no one else, and knowing and believing that He will impart to you a part or piece of the Holy Spirit -- called a down payment for something greater to come -- 2 Cor 1:21-22. By your own conscience do what you feel is right and acceptable. Seek our a local Pastor, if you feel a professional person should be involved, as long as such a person would go along with what you require in the use of His Name as opposed to using the false name. Also, consider this -- John 20:22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. No evidence of water baptism -- His immediate disciples went with Him everywhere, learning and following and witnessing, even baptizing others and yet they had not yet been given the Holy Spirit? Apparently, not until He gave it to them, He literally breathed the Holy Spirit, His Spirit and the Spirit of the Father into them. No water, no immersing. You must follow what you heart moves you to in your confession. For it is written, that everyone who will confess Him to men, He will confess to the Father and the Angels of Heaven --Mat 10:32 -- be certain to read also, Romans 10:9-13.
At the Website under Doctrines/Baptism, at the bottom of the article, I provide a couple of works that would baptize in His Name. Some will not baptize without you becoming a sworn member of their group -- of course, our Savior, YaHshua, says not to swear on anything, some seem to miss this. Follow your heart, how you are inspired and comfortable doing, a confession is a confession, it is up to you and how you are moved.
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