Is Baptism a Commandment?

Baptism, or “baptizing” as often called, is a religious practice where one completely immerses oneself in water. Many different denominations and religions use baptism as a symbol of their faith.

Baptism is not found in the Ten Commandments. However, Christians are expected to receive one. It is a sacrament in the Catholic Church and a mystery in Orthodoxy. Baptism marks the beginning of one’s life as a Christian, and most religious factions recognize the baptisms administered by others.

One of the most common questions asked by new members in their first few lessons after baptism is, “When I went to the water, they said that baptism was a commandment. But I thought commandments were one of the Ten Commandments.”

While people often use shorthand terms like “commandments” to refer to any behavior they are urged to follow, or behavior they believe will please God, this casual usage can be misleading because it conflates commandments with obedience. It also suggests that all commandments are equal. Fortunately, Latter-day Saints have scriptures and modern prophets to illuminate what Jesus meant when He called baptism a commandment:

The word “commandment” has several different meanings. The Hebrew word mitzvah means literally “to bind,” and in the later rabbinical Hebrew, it came to mean an obligation or duty or a prohibition; thus, we have such expressions as “the commandment of the Lord,” and “a good deed is a commandment,” and “a transgression is a ‘mitzvah‘ (command) from evil.” The Greek word for commandment, entole, has much the same meaning as mitzvah.

In its broadest sense, Jesus was saying that baptism is more than just something men do because it’s expected. Baptism has great meaning as one of His restored ordinances.

Despite this, not all ancient scriptures referring to the prophet’s teachings use this term. In fact, in some Old Testament passages, baptism was recorded to have been practiced without using the word ‘commandment’ at all.

Does the Bible say you have to be baptized?

Have you ever wondered about what the Bible says about baptism? Baptism is usually related to Christianity, but why? Why exactly do Christians baptize their new members into the faith?

According to the scriptures, Jesus Christ was baptized. In Mark 1:9-11, Matthew 3:13-16, and Luke 3:21-22, John the Baptist said that Jesus was baptizing more of his disciples than him. Then in verse 16 also mentions how people were going out to be baptized by Jesus.

Baptism of adults is a common practice among Christians all around the world, including myself. But many people wonder if they should follow suit or not, especially after hearing testimonies from new believers who found salvation through this ritual.

Many would say that baptism is a requirement for salvation, but what does the Bible say about the subject? Are you required to be baptized to follow Jesus Christ and His teachings? Or can one be saved without it?

In John 4:1-2, it says that Jesus was baptizing and preaching in Judea and Samaria. New Testament scholars generally understand this as meaning that He was baptizing people from all levels of society. The Acts of the Apostles records some adult converts being baptized, including “three thousand souls” in Acts 2. However, many of these baptisms are attributed to the Apostles rather than Christ himself.

The Bible also mentions baptism in the New Testament when it speaks about repentance. As stated in John 3:3-5, Jesus preached that part of repentance was believing in Him to remission sins, but he also linked being baptized with believing. He said that whoever believes and is baptized would be saved.

Romans 6:3-4, Colossians 2:12, Romans 6:1-11, Mark 16:16, and 1 Peter 3 mention baptism as a requirement for forgiveness and salvation. However, several scriptures speak about others who were saved without being baptized, including the thief on Calvary and the Philippian jailor. So you can be saved without being baptized, but it is a requirement for forgiveness if you ask for it of your own free will.

Is baptism essential for salvation?

Christians believe that salvation can be achieved through faith in Christ, who provides everyone with the opportunity to forgive their sins. However, not all Christian denominations agree about whether or not baptism is necessary for salvation.

Baptism means being submerged (or covered) by water as a symbol of cleansing oneself of sin and taking on a new life – like Jesus did when he was baptized at age 30 (Luke 3:21-22). The first account of baptism performed by Jesus’ disciples is found in Acts 2:41 (KJV), where they asked converts to “repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.”

Other Christian churches, such as Presbyterians and Methodists, would argue that baptism is necessary for salvation, but not everyone must be baptized to receive salvation. Those in these denominations believe that people would be sent to hell if not baptized but received forgiveness and eternal life through Jesus Christ. However, Fundamentalist Christians such as Baptists and Pentecostals believe in the doctrine of “believer’s baptism,” where only those who have made a personal decision to follow Christ are worthy recipients of the sacrament (Romans 10:9).

They point out that all references to baptism within the New Testament mention converting to Christianity – never pre-Christians (Matthew 28:19). The debate over whether or not baptism is necessary for salvation may never end among Christian churches due to their differences in doctrine. However, it is important to note that according to the Christian Bible, salvation is provided by Jesus for all people and is not dependent on anyone’s actions other than their own (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Is it wrong to get baptized as a baby?

Is it wrong to get baptized as a baby? This question comes up a lot, and the answer might not be that simple. Baptism is a big part of Christianity. It’s what makes someone a Christian. In some denominations, if you’re not baptized by the time you’re about 12 years old, then you can’t get baptized at all because you have already gone too far in life without Jesus Christ.

In most Protestant churches today, children of parents who are Christians or want their child to become one will often get baptized as babies, so they don’t have to go through the process of being “baptized” later on.

Some people think this is wrong because they say that baptism should be based on your own choice and not your parents. Other people don’t like this because it means that they’re “drowning” innocent babies and children who don’t know what they’re doing at all.

Some churches will say that you can’t baptize a baby that young – instead, you should wait until the child is old enough to make that choice independently. But still, others will tell you not to do it at all, but only when the child is an adult (which could be many years later, or never).

If you do get baptized as a baby, most denominations allow you to redo it when you become an adult if this is your desire. So there’s no wrong answer about getting baptized as a baby – just different answers and opinions.

But in the end, it’s a personal choice. For some people, the baptism of somebody too young to make their own choice is wrong. But for others, it cannot be done at all. In most denominations, you can either get baptized as a baby or when you become an adult – but not both. 

Whether you get baptized as a baby or wait until later on, remember that your ultimate salvation is not based on what you do with water and oil but rather on what Jesus Christ did for us by dying for our sins on the cross and rising from the dead three days later. He saved us once and for all time through his death, so we don’t have to worry about going to hell ever again if we believe in him.

What is baptism in the Bible?

Baptism is the immersion, submersion, or dipping of a person in the water. The practice comes from the Ancient Greek word (baptizō) ‘dip, immerse.’ A form of baptism was established by John the Baptist when he immersed people in the water as an outward symbol of their inward cleansing from sin.

This then developed into Christian baptism, which today is practiced by all Christians who normally practice baptizing babies at church, with large groups gathered to watch and celebrate the event.

It is believed that baptism in the Bible means ‘dipping, immersion or submersion of a person.

In the Bible, there are two words for baptism: “baptizo” and “baptism.” In Matthew 28:19, baptizo is used to indicate total immersion. The word baptisimia was used by early Greek writers for ceremonial washing. The New Testament uses the word frequently while speaking about being baptized into Christ’s death and then being reborn from above through spirit.

Baptism makes a difference between Christians and non-Christians because it represents a person showing his/her willingness to be recognized as a follower of Jesus Christ before fellow human beings. It also indicates acceptance of others’ opportunity to do the same because it reflects a person’s willingness to identify with God’s people.


-Baptism is an ordinance, but not one of the Ten Commandments.

-Baptism has different meanings in Judaism and Christianity.

-“Commandment” can mean “obligation, prohibition,” etc. For Latter-day Saints, baptism is what God wants us to do. It has great meaning as one of His ordinances. We should focus more on the act itself rather than whether it’s a commandment or not because we follow Jesus Christ, who submitted Himself to be baptized by John the Baptist.

-In some Old Testament passages, baptism was recorded to have been practiced without using the word ‘commandment’ at all.

Gene Botkin

Gene is the director of the Theosis Christian Project. He studied physics and military science before founding the Project. Gene is currently pursuing his doctorate in systems engineering at an engineering college in the Ozarks. The Theosis Christian Project is his attempt to expand Holy Orthodoxy in America.

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