Baptism #7 – Who Do You Baptize?

A question to be answered in response to why be baptized, is who do you baptize? Who should be baptized? The Bible is clear on this matter. From several places in the New Testament it can be deducted that only those who give a believable profession of faith should be baptized. This is because baptism, which is a symbol of beginning the Christian life, should only be given to those who have in fact begun the Christian life. After Peter’s sermon at Pentecost, we read, “So then, those who had received his word were baptized” (Acts 2:41). And so we read that you first hear the good news of the Gospel, first receive (or accept) the Word, after which you are baptized. This is echoed in Philip’s preaching of the Gospel in Samaria. We read, “But when they believed Philip preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being baptized, men and women alike” (Acts 8:12). Again, you first have to believe the good news about the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as your savior before you are baptized. Scripture is clear that baptism is appropriately given to those who have received the gospel and trusted in Christ for their salvation. The New Testament clearly assumes that everyone who was baptized also had personally trusted in Christ and experienced salvation, for Paul says, “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” (Galatians 3:27)

5-minute Free Writing

A while ago I attended a workshop about how to write an article. One of the exercises suggested for overcoming a writer’s block is to do a five minute free writing exercise. Basically, set your stopwatch and start writing for five minutes without thinking about it. Write down whatever comes to mind. No coherency is required. The exercise can be helpful to jumpstart your flow of thought.

It thought it be nice to post my 5-minute free writing here. Please note that I originally wrote this in Dutch, so this is a translated (unedited) version.

What would it be great if everyone would believe in God and actually would do what He asks us to do. This would have so many advantages!! Which? Very simple. Who other than the creator of this world, the earth, the universe, the animals, the plants, humans. He knows like no other how we are made, how we think, what we feel, what our dreams are, our ambitions, what it is like to really love. God can make such a contribution to the culture of mankind that we would go beyond ourselves. And that’s exactly the problem! To go beyond ourselves often leads to pride, giving honor to ourselves rather than God who created us in the first place, and enabled us to do, think and dream.