How many times should Christians be Baptised?
While the following verses within Ephesians 4 presupposes the question, as to whether Christians should be baptized as members of the Christian faith, more than once. Ephesians is traditionally, believed to have been written by Apostle Paul while he was in prison in Rome (around AD 62).
Ephesians 4. – Baptized, Unity and diversity in a baptized church, with One Lord, one faith, one baptism…
Ephesians 4 is the fourth chapter of the Epistle to the Ephesians in the New Testament of the Christian Bible.
Where Rebaptism in Christianity is the baptism of a person who has previously been baptized, usually in association with a denomination that does not recognize the validity of the previous baptism.
When a denomination rebaptizes members of another denomination, it is a sign of significant differences in theology.
Churches that practice exclusive adult baptism, including Baptists and Churches of Christ, rebaptize those who were baptized as infants because they do not consider infant baptism to be valid.
Rebaptism is generally associated with:
Anabaptism, from Greek ἀνα- (re-) and βαπτίζω (I baptize)
Denominations that require believer’s baptism, such as the Baptist Churches.
- Oneness Pentecostal churches.
While endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace one should only be baptised once as everything is in union with the one Father, one faith, whereby followers of Christ need to maintain this union of oneness to follow in the footsteps of his teaching.
The following explains The apostle Paul’s writing’s upon his discipleship toward union with Christ.
Ephesians 4. – Unity and diversity in the church.
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Unity and diversity in the church.
(4: 1 – 16). Paul begins the second part of his letter – the exhortation – with the simple point:
live a life worthy of the calling you have received
“live a life worthy of the calling you have received” (v 1).
Previously Paul had chalked out his vocation: to live in the mystery of Christ who was reconciled within himself all peoples as members of a family under one Father.
The Church of Christ is the starting point on earth of this reconciliation.
Hence it is the vocation of the Church to be just this – the sacrament of reconciliation, a place where unity and peace can be found.
In vv (1 – 6) Paul stresses this unity and the basis of our oneness in the spirit.
– Biblical references –
- Rom 16:25, 12:5.
- Col 1:10, 3:12 -13, 2:19.
- 1 Cor 8:6, 14:26, 11:3.
- 2 Cor 13:13.
- Psalm 68:18.
- Phil 2:13.
While Paul furthers his point, for the necessity of union between neighbours.
Ephesians 2 – Union of Jews and Gentiles.
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
(vv 13 – 15). Paul announces that Jesus, by death on a cross, has once and for all done away with this division based on ethnic differences and legal prescriptions.
Jesus is our peace and reconciliation, who has raised Jews and Gentiles, and all peoples above man made distinctions.
He has revealed to us a whole new way of being human and religious.
He has created a ‘new man’. And so all people, near or far, have access to God the Father.