In our Bible Study we continued to discuss the basic principles and scriptures which support water baptism.
It was made apparent that water baptism should occur when a life has repented of their sins, been forgiven, found salvation and is now being baptised in water as an outward sign of an inward change.
In the second chapter of Colossians, Paul writes that baptism is an expression of faith, therefore, each individual would need to be of an age where they could understand this concept, and apply it.
Throughout the New Testament we read on several occasions of Jews being baptised in water. This would obviously imply that they had been both circumcised and baptised. From Paul the apostle (Acts Ch 9 v 15) to the crowd gathered at the feast of Pentecost who were baptised and added to the church (Acts ch2 v41).
Water baptism ought to be undertaken by someone who has found salvation and is making an outward sign of this by passing through the waters. Regardless of gender, that individual would need to be of an age where they realised that they have been saved by faith in the Lord Jesus. Water baptism is an opportunity to make an outward sign of our profession of salvation, and to be baptised means to 'become one with Christ Jesus' (Romans ch 6 v3).
What a glorious thought!