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The fifth most popular question from last year, was anyone in the Bible baptized twice? It’s an interesting question because we often hear today about people doing rebaptism getting baptized. The second time, if they’ve given their they may have been baptized as a kid and then kind of fallen away, and now they’re coming back as an adult and saying, I want to be baptized again. It kind of made new. Is there anything in the Bible that examples in the Bible of that happening.
Actually is, and I’m trying to look for it. It’s in the Book of Acts, I believe.
Yeah, it’s in Acts 19, verses one through five. And it happened while Apollo was at Corinth that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus and finding some disciples there. He said to them, did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed? So they said to him, we have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit. And he said to them, into what then were you baptized? And so they said, Into John’s baptism. Obviously, they’re referring to John the Baptist here. Then Paul said, John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance to the people that they should believe on him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. And so then Paul goes on to share with them about Jesus. And so when they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. So there’s a very specific example of people who were baptized not once, but twice. And I’m sure many other people were baptized twice in the day. I know my dad was baptized twice based on new truth that he had learned later on because he was baptized technically to convince my mother that he was a Christian.
But later on, when he was truly converted, he wanted to be baptized again, a true baptism. And I think some people choose to be baptized twice when they know a certain truth and when they learn another biblical truth, that’s life changing, they choose to be baptized again. I know lots of people were baptized when they were babies, and they may think, well, I didn’t have any choice in the matter when I was baptized. And now that I know the truth and I choose to follow Christ and accept him as my personal savior, I would like to be baptized. They’re technically also baptized twice.
Amen. Well said.
Here’s another question onto that. Is it essential to be baptized a second time if you were, for instance, baptized as a baby and you didn’t really make the personal decision at that time cause you were a baby, or if you were baptized as a kid by choice because it’s what all the other kids were doing, but then as an adult, you came to find the truth for yourself. Is it essential to be baptized again, or is it what’s the Bible have to say about that?
I’m not sure where the verse is, but it says when you believe and repent and they’re baptized of your sins.
Oh, I was actually just there Hebrews it’s specifically Hebrews 6:6. But you might need to start a little bit earlier.
If they fall away, to renew them again, to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God and put him to an open shame. So to renew your vow again, if you have lived a life after your first baptism that didn’t glorify God, this is suggesting that you can renew your vow to the Lord in baptism again in an effort to publicly say, hey, I was living this way, and I am publicly announcing that I am repentant of my sins and being baptized as a sign of that. Because the whole thing about baptism, it shouldn’t be done in private. So if people were baptized before and they have a conversion experience, I think it’s a personal choice if they choose to be baptized again or not. And baptism in every sense is a public announcement. And there are many people who choose to make that announcement public once more. So I think it’s a personal thing based on one’s conviction. But like that verse that you mentioned in Hebrews, you were gone and now you’re back again, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be baptized again. But I don’t think it’s a matter that should be taken lightly, that every time you sin, you should be baptized again.
It’s kind of more this is a public announcement, and I’m bringing myself and I’m dedicating myself to God. And hopefully those who are baptized truly and truly converted continue to live a life of victory over sin and glorifying God in their walk with the Lord. Because part of baptism is announcing your relationship with God. And that basis of a relationship is having a daily walk with him. So you’re constantly going to be growing your character into a similitude like him. And hopefully with everyone who is baptized, they continue that walk and they don’t draw back and come back, back and forth. But if for those who do drift away and decide to come back, there is that option for a second baptism.
Yeah. And I think what you’re saying now is very important, that a lot of us are in ignorance. We might be baptized thinking one thing or understanding God’s particular way or the Bible is a particular way, and then we gain new understanding. And you’re like, wow, this completely changes my paradigm. And now I realize Jesus is totally different than what I believed. And really, now you might feel baptism is more meaningful. But I do also want to give one caution. Going back to Hebrew six, starting at verse four, it talks about and could you go back to verse four? It says, for it is impossible for those who were once enlightened and have tasted the heavenly gift and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit. It’s impossible for these people to then basically be Baptized a second time. So I think of Satan, for example, who was in the glorious presence of God that the Bible says he was a covering cherub. So he’s standing right there over God and covering him. He was about as close to God as you could possibly get. He knew God probably better than any of the other Angels and yet he still chose to turn away and because he had full knowledge of God, because he knew what he was doing.
He knew God and everything. There’s no way for him to really come back. But I would say most people in this world know solar little about God and understand the Bible so little that almost nobody is probably in a position where they are beyond the point of rebaptism.
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