“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” St Matthew 28 v 19.
I will never forget the time many years ago, when the Lord spoke to me through a Pastor, who was preaching on water baptism. Now I was saved and baptised in the Holy Ghost, with the evidence of speaking in tongues, but here was this Pastor preaching that it is a commandment of the Lord.
I was feeling really uneasy; I really did not want to hear him preach on this subject. He gave a call to the front of the church, for those who wanted to be baptised, and for those who felt that they could not come to the front; he said to see him afterwards.
He stated categorically that it was a commandment of the Lord, and that we must be baptised according to the words of Jesus. Well, I rejected it, you know like you do, I started to reason with myself, I’m born again, I’m baptised in the Spirit, I don’t have to be baptised, I’m still going to heaven. After convincing myself I went home.
During that afternoon, when I was reading my Bible, I came under great conviction. For I was reading a passage in the Bible in St Matthew 21 v 28, about a “certain man who had two sons; and he came to the first and said, Son, go work today in my vineyard. He answered and said I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. And he came to the second Son and said likewise. And he answered and said. I go, sir: and went not. Whether of them twain did the will of his father?”
After reading this scripture the Lord said, “You are like the first son, you said you will not be baptised, but you will.” When the Lord said this I immediately said to my wife, “I must be baptised”, she replied, “the Lord has been speaking to me as well”. So I phoned David Rutter our Pastor and he was delighted to baptise us in the sea at Hayle. What a great day that was.
Now, I believe there is a very special time for you to be baptised in the water, for God has a time for everything, if you feel that the Lord is speaking to you through the words of Jesus, then please obey Him today and know the great blessing that He has for you.
“Buried with Christ,” and raised with Him too; What is there left for me to do? Simply to cease from struggling and strife, Simply to “walk in newness of life,”
“Risen with Christ,” my glorious Head, Holiness now the pathway I tread, Beautiful thought, while walking therein: “He that is dead is freed from sin.”