4. HOW TO BE BORN OF WATER
There are great examples in the Bible of people being born again of water.
And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I except some man should guide me?...
Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water,’ what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch,’ and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water…
Here, we see one being born of the water (baptized). The New Testament was originally written in Greek before being translated into English. The Greek word for baptized is bavtizo (bap-tid’-zo); to immerse, submerge; to make overwhelmed (i.e. fully wet). Jesus told us in .
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.
Here are some other examples of people being baptized (born of water) and what was said when they were baptized:
Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Apostle Peter knew the importance of not only repentance, but also being baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. Other examples are found in:
But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kindom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
Note: Here again we see water and baptism in the name of the Lord (Jesus). Being baptized in Jesus’ name is an exciting experience like nothing else. To have remission of sins is priceless.
When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized. and wash away thy sins calling on the name of the Lord. (The name of the Lord is Jesus.)
Answer True or False
The eunuch in Acts chapter 8 could understand the Word of God without help.
The eunuch was baptized by going down into water.
When people asked what they should do, they were told to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.
When they believed the preaching concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized both men and women.