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

Doctrine of Baptisms
Re-Baptism is it Necessary?

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What is Re-Baptism?

Re-baptism means that a person was baptized and has experienced another water baptism. Sometimes, such a one only desires getting baptized a second time.

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 getting baptized a second, or third time even scriptural? Is re-baptism 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 taught and practiced.

Who Was Rebaptized In The Bible?

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).

Before John came they had not baptism. His was their first water baptism.

Jesus came after John. The latter was the forerunner of the former.

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 re-baptism.

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

But this tradition is not biblical!

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

How Many Times Should Baptism Occur?

Who was baptized twice in the Bible? Those that come to mind readily are the twelve Christians at Ephesus.

They had received baptism “Unto John’s baptism” by John. But Paul rebaptized them in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 19:1-7).

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

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).

If they didn’t follow those instructions, did they disobey Jesus?

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.

Because he approved all their missionary work with miracles and healings.

Today, many Christians are getting baptized a second time not because the Bible instructs them to but because of their religious affiliations.

Reasons Some 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 very important spiritual ritual.

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.

When Should Rebaptism Takes Place?

Can you be baptized twice?

The short answer is yes! 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. He or she never said, for example, “Jesus Christ”; instead, he or she submerged you while making a vague reference to a name but never mention “the name” respectively (Matthew 28:19).

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).

But saying this phrase is not saying the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

By saying, “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” we are merely repeating the Scriptures and highlighting the only three roles of the Lord God (Matthew 28:19).

Note what happened. He never called on any name for 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.

Who Was Baptized Twice In The Bible?

Is Rebaptism a Sin?

Getting baptized a second time is not a sin.

We cannot be obeying the Lord Jesus Christ and sin simultaneously. It’s one or the other!

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

This teaching: “Given once for all, Baptism cannot be repeated. The baptisms of those to be received into the Catholic Church from other Christian communities are held to be valid if administered using the Trinitarian formula. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains: 1256.”, is not a doctrine of baptism in the Bible but one of an institution.

Avoid these teachings because they are devilish and Satan-inspired. Following such dogmas are not only sinful but will prevent you from entering into the Kingdom of God (John 3:5).

What Is Baptism According to The Bible?

The result, spending eternity with Satan.

On the other hand, at your baptism, if the “Babes-in-Christ” preachers have deceived you, by using the baptismal formula of Matthew 28:19 verbatim, (the Trinitarian formula), then you are a perfect candidate for getting baptized a second time.

Mainly, because by following the Trinitarian formula you wouldn’t have followed the Lord’s instruction concerning baptism.

He instructs us to accept baptism in “the name“, doing anything else is disobedience (Matthew 28:19).

Today, your re-baptism awaits you calling on “the name”: Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19).

There is only one water 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).

Re-Baptism is it Necessary?

What Next?

If you have not obeyed Jesus’ command to baptize, then 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?

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 Jesus Christ?

In closing, Jesus explains to his disciples how to baptize and why.

If you have not taken on the name of Jesus via baptism, get baptized today calling on his saving name.

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

“For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”

Galatians 3:27

In closing, has this Bible Study answered any of your questions concerning getting baptized a second time? Yes, then please share it with others? Blessings!

No, shoot me an email explaining how I could further assist you. Thank!


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.

8 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!

  • Thomas "Shannon" Hargrove Apr 8, 2022 Link

    Hello LeRoy:
    I just wanted to let you know that you stated Matthew 28:29. It’s Matthew 28:19. I’m trying to learn and navigate myself, and I noticed that when nothing came up in the Google search bar. I just wanted to let you know of that mistake. I was not sure if you knew or not. Enjoy your day, sir.

  • Leroy Daley Apr 8, 2022 Link

    Thank you Shannon. I wasn’t aware of it until you draw my attention to it! There aren’t even 29 verses in Matthew 28.

    I really appreciate this and I have fixed it! Thanks again, Shannon.

  • Shawn Apr 20, 2022 Link

    Hello, I was baptized as a young boy around 10-12 years old in Jesus name but at the time I don’t remember if I understood “why” I was being baptized, should I be rebaptized because I don’t remember “why” I was being baptized or am I ok? Thank you in advance. We were Pentacostal at the time, now we’re non-denomination.

  • Leroy Daley Apr 20, 2022 Link


    Thanks for your question and it’s a great one.

    According to the Bible, young children shouldn’t be baptized.

    As a result, the Bible only records adults being baptized.

    However, you were at least ten, or twelve and that a great age for baptism.

    You don’t need rebaptism because you were baptized correctly the first time.

    Now, you are much older and know the major reason for baptism, so you are OK.

    Thanks again!!

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