I was never baptized as an infant. I do however know many that were. I am often asked by curious souls if they should be re-baptized now that they have come to more of an understanding of what baptism means. Let us first examine a great example of baptism from the bible. When Jesus Christ was an adult, around 30 years of age, he was baptized. Although he had no sins to be remitted, since he was the Lamb of God without sin, he was still obedient unto baptism. John baptized souls unto repentance. When Jesus Christ was baptized he was baptized to “fulfill all righteousness.” (Mt 3:15 KJV).
He accomplished the necessary ordinances and commands of God. He set an example for us. After his resurrection he stated in (Mark 16:16), “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Many try to overlook this command given by the Lord Jesus Christ. Many try to justify its meaning by twisting the scripture and de-emphasizing the command but they fail in that God’s Word will never fade away: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Mt 24:35).
The fact of the matter is that baptism is a command by Jesus Christ and it should be done when one is of an age where they understand its meaning and necessity. Jesus was a well age when baptized and we should consider that. Jesus walked in obedience and it pleased the Father so much so that a voice from heaven uttered from above, “…This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Mt 3:17). If God was pleased with his Son at baptism, how shall he not be pleased with us when we are baptized? “Beloved, now are we the sons of God…” (1 Jn 3:2).
We should not take baptism lightly for we are not like our Lord Jesus Christ in the sense that remittance of sin is not needed. We are a wretched people, laden with sins from an early age and void of justification before a holy and righteous God. We need the cleansing! We need the washing! We need the remission of sins! All the more reason we should be eager to make it right before God. All the more reason we should have an answer of a good conscience toward God.
Baptism is full immersion in water. The old man goes down in a watery grave, the Lord Jesus Christ is called upon and then arises a new man! Made in the image of Christ, a new creature! A glorious resurrection from the old man to the new! It’s not a sprinkling at infancy, it’s not just taking a bath, it’s not a mere symbol, it’s the operation of God by faith! The circumcision made without hands! “In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead” (Col 2:11-12).
So should one get re-baptized if they were baptized as an infant? Most certainly YES! and speedily!
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38).