I’ve been asked, more than once actually, what I believe about water baptism. My response is two fold, first it doesn’t matter what I believe it matters what God tells us about it thru the book. And second, the book is pretty clear about the process.
First, baptism was a symbolic gesture where one was immersed in water to symbolize being cleansed. John the Baptist immersed followers in water for remission of sins. This was followed by baptism by Holy Spirit, the original of which is called The Day of Pentecost as it was some 40ish days after the ascension of Jesus and is the final “baptism” one needs. The Holy Spirit baptism replaced the water baptism and therefore the water baptism is unnecessary. If it makes you feel good go ahead and do it, but all it really does now is get you wet. And, for the record, I’ve never been water baptized nor do I feel the need to be. I’ve accepted Jesus, God has accepted me so we’re all good. In fact, I’ve been accepted to the point where I’ve been given insight into things most believers have not. It’s not like a secret or anything, it’s simply deeper understanding of the scriptures and their context, and biblical and era history so I can teach his word better.
Anyway, John the Baptist tells us in Matt 3:11, Luke 3:16 & Mark 1:8 that he baptizes with water but after him comes one that will baptize with holy spirit and fire. So water baptism is no longer the accepted baptismal method. Now simply accepting Jesus as one’s personal savoir is sufficient.
Acts chapter 2 tells us what happened on the day of Pentecost.
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Once we know Jesus and we’ve accepted him as the Lord and Savior this happens automatically, that’s why we confess with our mouth, so all can hear. If we truly believe and follow Jesus we no longer want to sin as we want to be like him. Most children do what their parents want them to do seeking approval. We’re the same way as followers of Jesus. If we’re true believers anything we do against the spirit just won’t feel right.
To understand more on this read the book of Acts as it goes deeper than I’ve gone here.
If you have any questions please comment and I’ll find the answer for you.