Re-Baptism is it Necessary and How Many Times Should I be Baptized?

Doctrine of Baptisms
Re-Baptism is it Necessary?

What is Re-Baptism?

Re-baptism means that a person was baptized and has experienced another water baptism. Sometimes, such a one only desires to experience it again.

Therefore, how many times you experience baptism is as pertinent now as it was in the First Century Church. How many times were Jesus, and his disciples baptized? Is re-baptism even scriptural? Is rebaptism a sin?

Infant/baby baptism is not scriptural. However, click the link to read more about it.

How Many Times Can You Get Baptized?

You could get baptized as many times as you desire. But, is that practice biblical or necessary? In the Bible, you will observe that the key to how many times people got baptized was the teaching they got or believed first.

So, to discover, if re-baptism is biblical, let’s examine what Jesus and the early church did.

John the Baptist came on the scene and baptized all the people. He baptized those from the land of Judaea, Jerusalem and the surrounding areas in the river of Jordan, (Mark 1:9).

He baptized all, even Jesus and the publicans, except the Pharisees and the lawyers (Luke 7:29-30).

What are the Reasons for Re-Baptism?

If you are initially baptized in accordance with the instructions of the Doctrine of Christ then you should only be baptized once.

However, there are instances in scripture when people experience repeat baptism (Acts 19:1-5).

That was the reason Jesus re-baptized all those John had baptized. John’s baptism was first. He baptized “unto repentance“. But when Jesus came on the scene, he re-baptized everyone (including all his disciples) in River Jordan.

Today, many “Christians” frequently change denominations. Most times these changes require rebaptism.

Sometimes, when a Believer slips back into the “worldly lifestyle” or into his or her former lifestyle (backsliding), then many request rebaptism.

How Many Times Should Baptism Occur?

Nevertheless, are these valid and scriptural reasons for re-baptism?

However, observe that all the people who John the Baptist baptized—with the exception of Jesus Christ—were re-baptized by either Jesus or his disciples (Acts 19:1-5).

Similarly, all the people who John baptized were later re-baptized according to the instructions of Jesus Christ.

Is It Ok To be Baptized More Than Once?

But none that Jesus or his disciples baptized, later experienced re-baptism by anyone.

If you obeyed the instructions of Jesus Christ concerning your baptism then it’s Ok. You obeyed! You don’t need re-baptism.

He instructed:

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

Matthew 28:19-20

Re-Baptism is it Necessary?

Put On Christ

If you have not obeyed Jesus’ command to baptize you are an ideal candidate for re-baptism in the name: Jesus Christ.

I know that you may also be asking yourself, is rebaptism a sin? The answer is, no! But now that you know, according to the Bible, when and why rebaptism occurs, what are you going to do about it?

Have you put on Christ?

You haven’t put on Christ unless you put on his name by water baptism.

Consequently, one of the reasons to experience water baptism is to “put on Christ”. And this putting on of him, spiritually, does one thing. It shouts into the spiritual realm that you belong to Him.

Is your water baptism shouting into the spiritual realm that you belong to Christ?

Jesus explains to his disciples how to baptize and why, but he didn’t inform them how many times to baptize.

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Which Apostle Followed This Command?

Did all of the disciples of Jesus disobey him? None of them followed the baptismal-formula captured by those verses below.

Check the Bible, for not one disciple baptize anyone saying, “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost“, (Matthew 28:19).

They all baptized saying, the name of the Lord, that is saying, Jesus Christ.

And you want to know something, He was happy with them and how they baptized the people of the First Century Church.

Today, many Christians experience re-baptism not because the Bible instructs them to but because of their religious affiliations.

Reasons Christians Experience Re-baptism

Therefore, don’t be hasty to join religious organizations. Many of them dictate their members’ baptism or re-baptism. Some don’t even baptize. They ignore the Bible’s teaching on this.

Water baptism represents the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Seeing that he died once, then we should only experience baptism once.

In the first instance, if you obeyed his command concerning baptism you don’t need to baptize again.

Reasons to Get Baptized Again

There are no reasons to get baptized again. There is only one reason for rebaptism: your first baptism was done incorrectly.

This means that you were not baptized while invoking a name. For example, “Jesus Christ”, but, instead the baptizer submerged you while making a vague reference to a name but never calling on that name.

This means that the baptizer may have invoked, over you, just as he is about to dip you into the water, “I now baptize you [enter your name here], “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” ” (Matthew 28:19).

Note what happened? He never called on a name he only hinted at it. That’s the deception of the Devil. This is how he uses ignorance of the Word of God to deceive the whole world.

The Dangers of Religion

This is how the Deceiver uses religion to side track people from experiencing salvation!

On the other hand, if the “Babes-in-Christ” preachers have deceived you verbatim, such as using the baptismal-formula of Matthew 28:19, at your baptism, then you are a perfect candidate for re-baptism.

Today, your re-baptism awaits you calling on “the name”: Jesus Christ.

There is only one baptism. It’s the one that the Church practiced after the resurrection of Christ.

There is: “One Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5).

Has this post answered any of your questions concerning re-baptism? Yes, then please share it with others? Blessings!

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4 comments… add one
  • Cg Jun 22, 2021 Link

    Helpful, thank you & God bless!

  • Leroy Daley Jun 22, 2021 Link

    Thank you CG for taking the time to read and then to comment. I’m happy I was able to assist you. I appreciate you and your time. Blessings!

  • Tom Aug 15, 2021 Link

    There is no mention in the Bible of Jesus ever baptizing anyone ritually by water baptism in the Jordan River or anywhere else. Believers in Christ are baptized with the Holy Spirit (a real baptism) at the moment of salvation and then can choose to be baptized (ritually) with water. The word Baptism is actually a transliteration, not a translation. It should be translated as identify. There are 5 real and 4 ritual “baptisms” in scripture.

  • Leroy Daley Aug 15, 2021 Link

    Thank you, Tom, for spending the time to read then to comment.
    But, I have one question for you, are we reading the same Book?
    Next, there is no distinction in the Word of “ritual” and “real baptism”. This is a feature of the Baby-in-Christ who is struggling to understand the Bible.
    Thus, is it’s man-made and not in the Bible in concept or practice.
    All baptisms in the Bible are for real, not “mock” or “ritual”. In every instance two people went down into water and one literally baptized the other in water.
    Spirit baptism (receiving the Holy Ghost) NEVER happens “at the moment of salvation” in the Bible.
    It always occurs after.
    Baptisms are not optional. Jesus makes certain to explain that in John 3.
    Finally, “transliteration” or “translation” is opinion-based. Allow the Holy Ghost to explicate the Word of God.
    Thanks, Tom!

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