Baptism

Text: Acts 8:26-40

There are also, seven types of baptism in the Bible.

  • Israel wandering in the wilderness was baptised unto Moses in a cloud (1 Corinthians 10:1-2)
  • John the Baptist came to manifest Christ to Israel and to prepare His way.  An identifying mark of the disciples of John was baptism (John 1:31)
  • Baptism extended to scattered Israelites after the resurrection as they gathered in Jerusalem at Pentecost (Acts 2:38).  The question in context Acts 2:36-37, what shall we do?  They’d heard Peter’s sermon and were convicted about crucifying the Lord Jesus.  The answer is Acts 2:38.  Only by accepting Peter’s message and being baptized can they be identified with Jesus Christ and receive the Holy Ghost.
  • Baptism of suffering in the flesh (Matthew 20:23).  It is the crucified life.
  • Baptism of fire for the lost in Hell. (Matthew 3:11-12, Revelation 20:14)
  • Spiritual baptism by the Holy Spirit whereby the believer is spiritually placed into the body of Christ and seated with Jesus Christ in heavenly places until the believer’s body is redeemed (Ephesians 4:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:13)

The seventh baptism is what’s happening this morning.  It is the believer’s physical baptism in literal water for someone who has trusted Jesus Christ as their savior.  Look at Acts 8:26.  Let’s consider what the Bible says about this believer’s baptism.

Opportunity

  • Acts 8:26…which is desert… Acts 8:36…See, here is water…
  • It’s an opportunity to publicly profess an inward change.
  • Paul is baptized after being saved – Acts 9:17-18
    • Cornelius and his household – Acts 10:45, 47-48
    • Philippian jailor – Acts 16:31-33
    • Crispus and Corinthians – Acts 18:8
    • It is the opportunity for the first step of obedience to the Lord
  • Teaching and baptizing all nations as Jesus said in Matthew 28:19, the Great Commission.
  • Simon sorcerer baptized, but not right – Acts 8:13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. Acts 8:18-21.  Reason I mention this is Roman Catholicism and those religions like that believe baptism washes away “original sin”.  Here is a warlock that got baptized prematurely and it did nothing for him.

Obstacles

  • Acts 8:36…what doth hinder me to be baptized?
  • The Ethiopian eunuch must have been familiar with the Israelites being baptized.  The Holy Spirit is careful to let you know this was an Ethiopian Gentile, not a Jew.  So this Secretary of Treasury for Ethiopia asks the question about the conditions of baptism.
  • There is the obstacle of belief
    • Only those that are saved can be baptized. – Acts 8:36,37
    • Belief excludes all baby baptisms, because they cannot believe. There is not one record of the baptism of a baby in the Bible.
    • Belief excludes generational religion because it makes no difference what Dad and Mom think if you don’t personally believe in the Lord.
  • Another obstacle is pride
    • This Ethiopian eunuch was also the Secretary of Treasury for Ethiopia.  He had to take off all his official and recognizable garments, his jewelry and enter the water humbly as an act of obedience to the Lord.
    • Folks have asked me about their baby baptism, or sprinkling water on their head and when I’ve given the Bible answer for believers baptism some have said to me in the past, Well, I just don’t see what’s the big deal.  Why doesn’t mine count?
      • The difference is between doing it God’s way and doing it your way.  Here at Bible Baptist Church we do it God’s way as best we can.  If it’s our way, why even do it?  And why call it baptism?  Problem is people do it their way and call it God’s way.  I don’t care how you do it, just don’t call it God’s way if you’re not going to do it God’s way.
      • People doing things their own way is how lost souls end up in hell.

Object lesson

  • Acts 8:38…went down both into the water… and when they were come up out of the water
  • Again, Acts 8:26-39 gives the clearest example. In verses 38-39, both Phillip and the Ethiopian eunuch went down into the water and came up out of the water.
  • As seen previously, baptism is a picture of death, burial, and resurrection. The only way to bury someone is to put them completely underground. The biblical method of baptism is complete immersion. No one in the Bible was ever sprinkled, because no one can be buried by sprinkling dirt on them.