Imagine a wedding.
The bride and groom are standing in front of the church, taking turns promising “until death do us part.”
Now imagine that an unmarried couple is watching.
They decide they want to be married too, so they simply exchanged rings. No vows, no commitments - just the symbols of union are exchanged. As they walk out of the church, both couples wear rings, the accepted symbol or token of a lifetime love. But only the couple that made the real, deep, interior commitment is really married. You see, marriage depends on a commitment, not a symbol.
The same is true with becoming a Christian.
The rings and the baptism don’t do the job - they are only the symbols of the commitment that has already been made. For baptism to have meaning, you must understand that IT does not save you - it is a testimony that Christ has ALREADY saved you, on the basis of your repentance and faith. Baptism is appropriate only for those who have made a personal decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation.
If that has been done, then the outward symbol of baptism should be as valued and visible as the gold ring on a newlywed’s finger. If you were baptized as an infant, it was as an act of dedication on the part of your parents and the church - intending that you would be raised in such a way as to one day make the decision as an adult to be a follower of Christ. Being baptized as an adult in no way rejects the baptism you received as a child; it is the fulfillment of the prayers offered for you at the time of your infant dedication.
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