What Is To Prevent Me From Being Baptized?

As they were. Going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being Baptized?” He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip Baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. Acts 8:36-39

As a new Christian you must be born again. For it is by New Birth in Christ that you are adopted into His family. So, led by the Spirit Philip comes to clarify Scripture about Jesus Christ, the eunuch confesses his sins and takes Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and then their attention is on the water by the road.

The man asks, “What is to prevent me from being Baptized?” Nothing. Thus prompted by the Spirit both go down to stand beside the small pool of water. The man renounces the spiritual forces of evil, announces to his great number of attendants that he gives his life forever in obedience to his One Savior and Lord Jesus Christ Resurrected, and Philip pours water, “In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,” as he is Holy Spirit washed of sin and unrighteousness.

There is Rejoicing!

What’s next for the man? My friend, the Born Again Christian does ‘Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.’ Ephesians 6:18. Born Again, you naturally engage in continual humble requests and dialogue with our Lord in prayer. I’m praying for you as you read this that the Holy Spirit anoint you with Christ’s New Birth, and a sign that you have New Birth is continual prayer.

Choose Christ Daily

But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain God’s gift with money! You have no part or share in this, for your heart is not right before God. Repent therefore of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and the chains of wickedness.” Simon answered, “Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may happen to me.” Acts 8:20-24

The Holy Spirit usually comes at Baptism (Acts 2:38, 19:5-6) and here the Baptized Samaritans receive the Holy Spirit through apostolic anointing by Peter and John. After this, Simon the magician orders Peter to give him anointing Power, offering money to pay. The Scripture today shows how Peter rebukes him.

Peter’s instructions will lead him to New Birth in Christ. Simon the magician can choose to humble his heart and repent allowing the Holy Spirit to transform him yet he chooses self involvement instead of Christ involvement. New Birth occurs when we give ourselves wholly and completely to Christ and then we turn our back firmly on anything that is not of Christ. The New Birth continually enables Christ to transform us to be like Him.

Your heart softens and conforms to Christ’s love and you bow humbled because you are His dear one. You choose selflessness compassionate friends and together look outward to others needs instead of inward to just your needs. As you are growing in Christ-like love joy is found through immersing yourself in the Scriptures. You speak to affirm and encourage the Promises of Jesus into other’s lives and hold fast to them.