What does the Bible
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What does the Bible say about baptism? Are we required to OBEY God before becoming a true Christian? Are there any other requirements we need to fulfill before receiving God's spirit? What questions can help us decide whether we are prepared, mentally and spiritually, for a lifelong commitment to God and the truth of his word?

According to the Bible, on Pentecost in 30 A.D., the apostle Peter gave a powerful message about God that convicted the hearts of those who heard him. After their conscience began to stir within them regarding their sins, they asked what they needed to do. Peter answered that it was time for their baptism.

'Repent and be baptized (placed under the waters of baptism) . . . and you yourselves shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.' (Acts 2:37 - 38, HBFV).

Peter states that, before we can forgiven of our many sins and receive God's spirit, we must repent and then receive a baptism. These conditions are no different than what Philip required of the Eunuch who was from Ethiopia.

the eunuch said, 'Look, there is water! What is preventing me from being baptized?' And Philip said, 'If you believe with all your heart, it is permitted' (Acts 8:36 - 37)

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It is incredibly hard to believe that the eunuch from Ethiopia could have believed that Christ took upon his sins, in his place, and not be led to a deep repentance. Could a person ever be convicted that Jesus died for them and NOT desire to stop sinning? Philip may not have explained all this to the eunuch, but it is obvious that he required the same things before a person received baptism from him.

Like Philip, Peter required no lengthy probation period and no days of fasting and prayer. How could he, when he and the other disciples baptized three thousand people on the day of Pentecost alone (Acts 2:41)?

The most important decision

Baptism is a major turning point in a person's life. In fact, it is arguably THE most important decision someone will make, as it will affect every moment of his or her life on earth. Here is a question. Why did the early New Testament church seem to baptize so quickly? What was the rush? It was because Peter, Philip and the other disciples knew that baptism was a requirement for salvation (see Mark 16:15 - 16).

A call from God

God does not expect perfect obedience or any kind of perfection from those He is calling into His truth. What He looks for is a heart that is willing to listen and WANTS to obey Him and the words He inspired in the Bible. Any personal works of righteousness cannot save us. It is of grace, of God's mercy, out of His love for us.

When God begins to call a person it is His Spirit working with them. The Spirit prompts a person to begin taking him seriously and begin to obey him. A person begins to show submission to God by a changed lifestyle, by starting to produce good fruit. It is then that their baptism can occur.

Here are some things to consider when deciding if you are ready for baptism or not.

When you step out of the waters of baptism, you are a new life to God, just as a new baby is to a mother. God's Spirit has united with your spirit to form a new creature. You are a "babe in Christ" with much to learn! Thankfully, the way He wants us to live as Christians - the evidence that we are truly converted - is clearly shown in Scripture!

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