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Some people say that in order to be truly born again that we must be baptized (original means 'to be dyed in' – as those who dye {to take on or impart color, permanently changing the color} clothes). 

What does God say? 
    God inspired Peter to write that we're born again by the word of God -1Peter 1:23 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."
    What's the word of God? -John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
    It's not the type of baptism, but the blood of Christ that is the way to God the Father-(Ephesians 2:13 "But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ." Hebrews 9:12 "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us."), and the way to have a relationship with the Father -Hebrews 10:19 "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus." 

Some Christians believe in water baptism by immersion-(to completely cover in a liquid; here meaning water). Others by sprinkling. Yet others believe in the baptism by the Holy Spirit. That is, once God has called you, you're immersed totally in His Spirit.
    Does it matter to us what form of physical baptism we may feel we have to choose? To some it does. Does it matter to God what we may choose? 
    Well, if the main thing is being totally immersed (baptized) in His Spirit, anything else would seem second hand, redundant or irrelevant. This is the one baptism and it's beyond man to do it -Ephesians 4:5  "One Lord, one faith, one baptism." 
    Some Christians still ferociously cling to their righteousness using physical baptism-(water for sprinkling, pouring or immersion), making this a distinction point with importance attached beyond that of being washed by the Holy Spirit -Titus 3:5,6 "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost which he-(the Father)-shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour."
    After you believed, you were sealed-(original is 'marked' – for being in the Book Of Life)-with the Holy Spirit. It does not say – after you are baptized. Ephesians 1:13 "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom-(Christ)-also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise."

The New Testament is a progression in truth -1Peter 2:2 "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby." 2Peter 3:18 "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." Hebrews 5:14-6:2 "But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil...Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment." Ephesians 1:17 "That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him." Ephesians 4:1 "But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ." Colossians 1:10 "That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God."
    It's a progression in truth, as earlier in New Testament times it refers to baptism and the receiving of the Holy Spirit -Acts 2:38 "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission-(original means 'release from bondage or imprisonment', 'forgiveness or pardon of sins; letting them go as if they had never been committed')-of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."
    The word 'in' above means...
    Baptism is figurative--1Peter 3:21.

A union with Christ, is made possible by Him immersing you into the family of God the Father by means of His Holy Spirit -2Corinthians 3:3 "Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle-(means letter)-of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart." 1Peter 3:4 "But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price." 1Samuel 16:7 "But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him. For the LORD seeth not as man seeth. For man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart."-...continue?

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