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Being Rebaptized

Submitted: 2/16/2006
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Question: I have family that are starting to see that the scripture does say that the Apostles baptized in Jesus name. But then they will say they don't need to get rebaptized because they know what who they were believing in and 'what was in their heart' at the time of the baptism. They will even admit to Jesus being F,S,HG so they say since He is all of them why do they need to get rebaptized. Can you offer any help on how I should proceed?

Answer: Acts 19: 1-7 clearly shows the reasoning your family members are using is unscriptural. We suggest you engage them in a careful study of these verses.

Acts 19:1 And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples 2he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”
3And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?”
So they said, “Into John’s baptism.”
4Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”
5When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. 7Now the men were about twelve in all.