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Can I be baptised?
Thank you very much for your question about baptism, I hope my answer will be of help to you. To help you answer your question, we will look at what baptism is according to the Bible, and this will help you see whether you can, and should, be baptised.
Baptism with water is an outward sign that a person belongs to Jesus Christ; that, for anyone who trusts in him, because Jesus died and rose again in the place of sinners, every wrong thing they have thought, said and done has been forgiven by God.
The New Testament of the Bible mentions baptism often; for example, in the book of Acts, Peter speaks to a large group of people and they realise they need God’s forgiveness. They ask Peter what they should do, and he says “Repent and let every one of you be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). To ‘repent’ means to change your mind; from trusting in yourself to be good enough for God, to trusting in Jesus, that what he has done makes you right with God.
When you repent, and are baptised as a sign that you have done so, you are released from having to pay the price for your sins, because Jesus paid that price. People who in this way repent and believe the message of Jesus (which means to turn from living a life of sin to trusting in, and living under, his love and lordship) now belong to him and not to themselves. This might seem strange; it might even seem a bit distasteful, to belong to someone else. But the Bible tells us that everybody does in practice - they have dedicated their lives either to Jesus or to sin.
Sin takes all the people who belong to it to eternal death; a truly horrible end. But Jesus takes everyone who belongs to him to God the Father, to live fully, and forever.
Even now, Jesus brings everyone who belongs to him into a new family; the Church. In the Church, Jesus’ people can help one another to know more about God, to love him more, and to live for him. Because everyone who belongs to Jesus should be living for him. Jesus himself made that really clear, when he said to his early followers: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).
Can you be baptised?
I hope you’ve seen that baptism shows that a person belongs to Jesus, that they have been forgiven by him, and are part of his family, the Church.
When you ask yourself the question, “Can I be baptised?” you need to remember these things. And you need to ask, “Are they true of me? Have I repented, stopped trusting in myself, or something else, to be right with God, and begun trusting in Jesus to bring me to God?”
If that is true of you, and you are already going to a church that teaches the Bible, you should speak to the leaders of the church about baptism.
If you aren’t already going to a church which teaches the Bible, please let me encourage you to use this church finder so that you can meet with other Christians locally, and talk to the church leaders about baptism. Click this link to find a local Church: Find a Church
Do you definitely trust solely in Jesus and not in your own efforts to reach God? If that is true, you have realised that only he can bring you into a right relationship with God. Trusting in yourself to reach God even in some small way means that you don't totally trust Jesus. Maybe you are still trusting in something that you can do; maybe trying to be a good person; maybe giving money to charity; perhaps you even thought that getting baptised would help make you right with God.
Even though all these things are good, none of them will get you God’s forgiveness, none of them will bring you into God’s family. Only Jesus can do that.
In summary, remember that baptism shows that a person belongs to Jesus. As we saw in Matthew 28, Jesus commands that have turned, and trust him, are baptised, as a sign of their forgiveness.
Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:
- Acts 4:12
- Romans 6:1-14
- Matthew 28:19-20
I hope this answer helps you to find peace with God through Jesus Christ. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: Watch the video
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