Baptism, why all the confusion?

Baptism, why all the confusion?

2 Timothy 4:1-5 NLT
[1] I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he comes to set up his Kingdom: [2] Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. [3] For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. [4] They will reject the truth and chase after myths. [5] But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.

In the first century, THE DOCTRINE of BAPTISM was not a stumbling block. If one came to believe in Jesus Christ, they knew this belief meant to believe, repent of their sinful ways, vow to make Jesus Lord of their lives!

Acts 2:36 NIV
[36] “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.

Acts 2:38 NIV
[38] Peter Replied “Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

The confusion about baptism came about in the 1800’s. People started going to “Tent Revivals” in the countryside outside of American towns and cities set up by traveling preachers.  They would give an emotional charge to repent and turn to God and then ask the people to say a prayer led by the person giving the speech.  The prayer would end with the people accepting the Lord into their hearts. Then the preacher would tell them if they prayed this prayer with sincerity, they were saved.

There was no mention baptism or mention of receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit. Thus, from this false teaching came about more confusion and false teaching about when and how one gets the Holy Spirit.

Satan is always behind the influence of leading people astray from the truth in scripture, even in the most subtle of ways. He usually mixes biblical truth with non-biblical truth. Most of the time, the people being led astray are sincerely believing they are doing what God wants them to do. But sincerity DOESN’T always equal the truth.

Look at how Satan deceived Eve. He starts with altering the truth about what God commanded Adam and Eve to obey. He then distorts what God said with his own question to Eve attempting to confuse her. He is attempting to erode the trust between Eve and God. Take a look at the following verses:

Genesis 3:1-4 NIV
[1] … He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” [2] The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, [3] but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” [4] “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. …

Today, Satan is saying:  Does Gods Word really say that baptism is a salvation issue?

Acts 2:38 NIV
“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 28:18-19 NASBS
[18] And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. [19] Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,


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Christ commands all people to be made into disciples before being baptized. This means understanding and changing behavior to willing make Jesus your Lord the then Savior.

Acts 2:36 NASBS
[36] Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ-this Jesus whom you crucified.”



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Strong’s Greek Definition for “LORD” IN GREEK:

-From κῦρος kuros (supremacy); supreme in authority

-He to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord

-The possessor and disposer of a thing

-The owner; one who has control of the person, the master



Acts 2:38-41 NASBS
[38] Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. [39] For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” [40] And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!” [41] So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.


The word BAPTIZED used in ACTS 2 verses 38 and 41 is Baptizo in the Greek translation.


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The clearest example that shows the meaning of baptizo is a text from the Greek poet and physician Nicander, who lived vegetables in a solution. But the first is temporary. The second, the act of baptizing the vegetable, produces a permanent change.

Romans 6:3-4 NIV
[3] Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? [4] We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Here are the recorded times real people were baptized in the New Testament. Examine and answer the 4 questions concerning these conversions. They all are in context with ACTS 2:38


The Major Conversions in Acts

A- Conversions

  1. Acts 2:36-47  Frist Christian in Jerusalem
  2. Acts 8:26-39  Ethiopian Eunich
  3. Acts 16:22-34  Phillipian jailer and his family
  4. Acts 9:1-22  Paul
  5. Acts 22:3-16  Paul
  6. Acts 18:24-26  Apollos
  7. Acts 19:1-5  Ephesians

B- Questions about Converstions

  1. What was preached?
  2. What was the person’s (people’s) response to the message?
  3. How long did this peron (people) take to make the decision?
  4. What was their response after baptism?

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