THE HOLY BAPTISM
1 What is the Holy Baptism?
It is part of the regeneration. John 3:4-5 The
promise of a good conscience towards God. I Peter
3:21 The way of Salvation. Mark 16:16
2 Who can participate in the Holy Baptism?
Jesus said to His Apostles: “Go ye therefore, and
teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of
The Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”.
Matt. 28:19 Thus – there is no man excluded from
this act of Grace.
3 What are the preconditions for partaking in the Holy Baptism?
The preconditions are the belief and faith in the
Trinity of God and the desire for salvation. “He that
believeth and is baptised, shall be saved.” St. Mark
4 What does a person vow by accepting the Holy Baptism?
Such a person promises to consecrate his life to God
and to renounce all ungodly essence, the world, the
sin and the devil.
5 Why are children also baptised?
Because they are also subjected to the Grace of God
contained in the act of Baptism, in the same way as
the adults. Jesus said: “Suffer the little children to
come unto Me, and forbid them not; for of such is
the Kingdom of God.” “And He took them up in His
arms, put His hands upon them, and blessed them.”
Mark 10:14 and 16
The Church proclaims and believes in the baptism
with water, because this is the baptism instituted
and preached by Jesus Christ. Baptism is a Holy
Sacrament which serves as a sign of the cleansing of
hereditary sin. The amount of water used during the
baptism ceremony is irrelevant as it is only a sign or
symbol. The important point about the baptism is
the symbolic cleansing of hereditary sin as it is done
in the name of Jesus Christ. The water being used
should be seen as spiritual, not natural water. The
water in this instance is an external (natural) symbol
which performs an internal (spiritual) task. The
following texts in Scripture shows why, according to Jesus Himself; children should be
baptised. It also shows that the water at the ceremony is only a symbol and not the
nucleus of the baptism. According to Luke 2:21-24 the Lord Jesus was baptised at His
birth and was circumcised on the eighth day. According to Mark, Jesus was then baptised
in the Jordan where John the Baptist baptised because that was the only running waters in
those days. Mark 1:9 The Lord Jesus had to undergo this baptism because John was sent
to fulfil the task of baptising Christ.
From Luke 7:18-28 it is clear that John himself did not believe the Lord Jesus’ mission and
did not follow Him. John sent two of his disciples to Jesus to ask Him if there was another
to be expected after Him. John the Baptism declares that his baptism was unique and
meant for Jesus: “I indeed baptise you with water unto repentance: but He that cometh
after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptise you
with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.” Matt. 3:11
Baptism is thus the cleansing with spiritual water to cleanse the inner-self and is
confirmed with a visual symbol. In Luke 12:50 our Lord Jesus makes it clear that this is a
spiritual matter: “But I have a baptism to be baptised with: and how am I straitened till it
be accomplished!” Another proof of the baptism as an inner matter is reflected in Apostle
Paul’s view regarding baptism, namely that which the ordinary Christian does not
understand, is that the baptism with the Holy Ghost is far more important than the
baptism with water. Apostle Paul was one of God’s
Greatest servants on earth and should the baptism by immersion be regarded as being as
important as some of the churches interpret it, it would be difficult to understand Paul’s
words in I Cor. 1:14-16: “I thank God that I baptised none of you, but Crispus and Gai’us;
lest any should say that I had baptised in mine own name. And I baptised also the
household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptised any other.”
6 How is it possible that small children can already enter the Bond of Grace through Baptism?
This is possible through the will and faith of parents who possess the right and duty for the
care of their children. If there are no parents alive or through circumstances such can
never be present, persons can be deputised to take over the rights and duties.
7 What duties do parents have to fulfil?
They have a duty to educate children in the Faith and to teach them, or to have them
taught that they will become conscious of the Bond of Baptism.