The seventh verse of the sixth chapter of the Epistle to the Galatians: â€œBe not deceived; God is not mocked. For whatsoever a man sows that shall he also reap.â€ This admonition is given by the Apostle in immediate connection with the subject of contributions to the work of the Lord. He has just said to the brethren, â€œLet him that is taught in the Word communicate unto him that teaches in all good things.â€ And he says just below, in the same connection, â€œAs we have opportunity let us work that which is good toward all men, and especially toward them that are of the household of the faith.â€
What is the difference between taking a bath or receiving baptism?
Baptism without belief is a bath. Baptism without repentance is just getting wet. Baptism without confession is just soaking ourselves for no reason. The difference between a bath and baptism is faith. Someone may dunk you in water, but if you are not putting your trust in Jesus to take away your sins, then nothing but a bath has occurred.
Infants must not be baptized because they are not able to believe, repent, or confess. All points are necessary. The scriptures are adamant about the necessity of faith and belief.
For without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6)
Further, the scriptures are full of references combining belief and baptism. Baptism cannot come first and then faith. Belief comes first, then baptism. One example is the conversion of Simon in Acts 8:13, “Then even Simon himself believed. And after he was baptized, he went around constantly with Philip….”
Immersion in water alone — without belief, repentance, confession, and placing one’s trust in Jesus — amounts to nothing more than getting wet.