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How essential is baptism?

What if I die just before I am baptized?

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Abraham was saved by his faith without baptism or circumcision. Baptism is a public confession of what we believe. God looks on the heart; he will not punish you if you intend to obey the gospel and he cuts your life short before baptism.

I am baptised as an evangelical 2005 Do I have to baptise myself again (there is only one baptism the bible says!!).

When Paul met twelve disciples at Ephesus we see that because their understanding at their first baptism was inadequate they had to be baptised again:

Acts 19:1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. 3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. 4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

What makes baptism valid is what we believe when we are baptised. Their understanding at the time of their baptism by John Baptist was incomplete and on this basis when their understanding had been corrected they were baptised again.

When we are baptised, we are baptised into a body of believers. For the body of believers to accept us into fellowship, baptism on the basis of a common doctrine, is required.

2 John 1:10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

When the Bible speaks of one baptism it is the one associated with the One Lord (not the three Lords of the trinity), the one hope and the one faith (belief).

Ephesians 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

The gospel to be believed is the true Gospel.

Acts 8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

Belief of it is necessary for baptism.

Acts 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 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? 37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest...

And last question I didn't saw the explanation about the devil i goes about Ezechiel i thought. It says de the devil fall out of heaven as an angel how to interpret that passage?

I can find no mention of the devil or angels in Ezekiel.

Isaiah uses figurative language (a proverb or parable) concerning the fall of the king of Babylon from the political heavens of his day.

Isaiah 14:4... take up this proverb against the king of Babylon,

Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

Christ speaks (again I believe in a prophetic parable) of satan falling from heaven (again the political heaven) as a consequence of the preaching of his disciples.

Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

This is clarified and fulfilled symbolically in Revelation:

Revelation 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

In my previous answer on 24th March I explained the following:

The woman, clothed with the sun, giving birth in heaven is not to be understood literally. Nor can the dragon, the stars cast to the earth, the war in heaven etc. be understood as literal happenings. The heaven represents the political heavens of the Roman Empire, the ‘war’ represents the struggle of the idolatrous government with Christianity, It ended when the Empire adopted Christianity as its official religion and Idolatry was suppressed. The clue to the reality represented in symbol appears in Revelation 12:11.

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

The ‘dragon’ was removed from the political heaven by the preaching and martyrdom of believers upon earth. It took some 300 years.

The devil in context is the propensity to sin in men who governed the Roman world with their idolatrous beliefs; one of the most pernicious being that the Emperor was a god to be worshipped. Christians were martyred because they refused to offer sacrifice to the Emperor.

If you need further clarification please ask.

I hope you have found this helpful.

May God bless you,
Glenn,
www.thisisyourbible.com

 
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