26 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. 27 So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.”
30 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 The place in the Scripture which he read was this:
“ He was led as a sheep to the slaughter;
And as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
33 In His humiliation His justice was taken away,
And who will declare His generation?
For His life is taken from the earth.”
34 So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. 36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?”
OK, this is something that I have been asking for some time. You have someone who professes to be a believer but for whatever reason, they decide that they don’t want to get baptized or if they do, it’s years down the line. So the question has to be asked, what hinders them from being baptized? I have to come to a few conclusions.
- They do not truly understand the gospel and have made a false profession but the church does not press this person to examine themself to see if they are really in the faith (I have already shared some of my worries here about those who have been baptised)
- They have not counted the cost and so are not willing to deny themselves which again can be a sign of false conversion
- The church has not taken the time to teach the person (as per the above scripture) and so the person is ignorant of its importance
- The person really enjoys the church service and fellowship with other believers but that is as far as their ‘christianity’ goes
- The person said ‘the sinners prayer’ and thinks that is all is needed to get into heaven
- The church have made baptism an option of conversion instead of a commandment by Jesus
There may be more but these are the ones that I can think of off the top of my head. For those of you who say that they have made a profession of faith and have repented and put their trust in Jesus Christ for their salvation, may I encourage you to get baptised as soon as you can. Even though baptism is not necessary for salvation, it is, however a commandment from Jesus. The fact that you do not want to get baptised may (and I stress may) be a sign that you are not a true believer. John Piper explains baptism in a nutshell in the video below.
Click here for a very good article about ‘Baptism and Belief’
Now ask yourself ‘What is hindering me from being baptized?’