I just watched Kevin Sorbo’s new movie today. It was an okay movie, but at the baptism scene I said, Let There be Deeper Water!
Baptism is not a public declaration of faith. It is the point where we join God’s family. The water not only represents Jesus’s blood, but resurrection, and God’s plenty. The Earth’ surface is 2/3 water. Yet people today actually practice non immersion baptism.
Why? They do not understand baptism. People get baptised multiple times. Which one counted, if any?
Baptism requires an age of understanding. One must confess Jesus is Messiah repenting of their past sins. These elements require an acquired knowledge, who Jesus is, the difference between right and wrong. Age of understanding may vary among individuals, but baptizing an infant accomplishes nothing.
The act is both admission of faith and submission to the Lord, it is the shared death and resurrection of our Savior.
It is correctly performed by immersion in water by another, that person saying I baptize you in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost or in the name of Jesus Christ.
The man, woman, or child of appropriate age arises from the water a new creature in Christ.