It is wrong to delay baptism
Baptism is the first thing that sinners must undergo to be forgiven of their sins and enter the kingdom of heaven. So, we must not delay baptism even for a moment.
We do not know what will happen in the next moment.
Pr 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
We do not know what will happen tomorrow, or even after an hour. As soon as we realize the truth, we should receive the sign of salvation.
Lk 12:16-20 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop …. ‘ “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you you ….’ ”
It is the same for baptism. If our lives are demanded from us while we put off to be baptized, what happen to our soul?
Baptism in the early Church days
When did the apostles, who were taught by Jesus, baptize people? When people listened and realized the words of God, the apostles baptized them immediately.
Ac 8:26-31 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet …. Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
Philip met a eunuch who was reading the Bible on the desert, and preached the gospel.
Ac 8:35-36, 38 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?”… And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.
How many times do you think Philip met the eunuch? It was the first time they met each other. The eunuch was baptized on the road. He could be baptized later with clean water at his home. However, he was baptized immediately on the road
Ac 10:47-48 “Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
“These people” are the family members of Cornelius (Ac 10:24-25). Peter also preached the gospel to Cornelius whom he met for the first time, and baptized him and his family. Nowhere in the Bible can we find a single case that people delayed baptism. Let’s confirm this through Apostle Paul.
Ac 16:29-33 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized.
The jailer and whole family were baptized at night. This shows that baptism is that urgent and important. That was because apostles baptized people regardless of time and place; they conducted baptism on the road or at night.
Ac 16:13-15 On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. When she and the members of her household were baptized ….
Apostle Paul immediately baptized Lydia whom he met for the first time on the Sabbath. All the apostles did not put off the baptism, but baptized people immediately. This is the teachings of the Bible.
Some people hesitate to be baptized because they were already baptized in other churches. However, they have to be baptized again.
Ac 19:3-5 So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” “John’s baptism,” they replied. Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.
The baptism, which people receive in the church where there is no truth but only lawlessness, cannot be a sign of salvation. So we must be baptized again in the true church.
God’s blessings in baptism
What blessings are given to us when we are baptized?
Ac 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
When we are baptized, we receive the forgiveness of sins and the Holy Spirit. Can we enter the kingdom of heaven if we do not receive the forgiveness of our sins and the Holy Spirit? No. So, we must be baptized to be saved and enter the kingdom of heaven.
Mk 16:15-16 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
Baptism is a ceremony which gives us the forgiveness of sins, and it is a promise to be freed from the devil and become God’s children who will live according to the will of God. God forgives those who believe and receive baptism, and gives them the grace of salvation.
Through baptism, let’s partake of the promised blessing of God and enter the everlasting kingdom of heaven.