Jesus said, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:19,20).
It is fully as important to teach men to observe the things Christ has commanded as it is to baptize. In fact, faith in Christ calls for constant growth in “the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).
God ordained the disciples to pick the pastors, elders and deacons and lay hands on them to be able to conduct ministerial duties of teaching the people and afterwards the service of baptism. Those that conduct the service of baptism have the responsibility of teaching the word of God to the applicants. Instruction is thus of vital importance before and after baptism. Without adequate instruction in the great truths of the gospel, there can be no true religious life.
Therefore, it was necessary that the religious leaders were fully equipped in the knowledge of the scriptures to prepare the new believers to be part of the body of Christ. Further, there is no record in the Bible of believers baptizing one another.
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