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“Once To The Water”

Categories: SALVATION
      I have been raised in church all my life and have been baptized in water.  I have recently rededicated my life to the Lord, and I am thinking I would like to be re-baptized.  I was wondering about this… if I should do this as a sign that I am totally selling out to God.  What do you think?

Sincerely,
Starting Over

Dear Starting Over,

The word ‘baptism’ simply means ‘immersion’ – it is the reason for your immersion that makes baptism a soul-saving act.  When we understand that baptism saves us from our sins (1 Pet. 3:21) and are baptized by the authority of Christ (Acts 2:38) and believe in His Name (Mk. 16:16), then that baptism saves us.  Many people are baptized without understanding these things… in which case, they just get wet.  You will have to evaluate for yourself whether or not you understood what you were doing when you were baptized the first time.  If you did, there is no need for re-baptism.  If you believe you didn’t know what you were doing, then you should be re-baptized.