BAPTIZED FOR THE DEAD?
In John 3:5 Jesus said, " Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."
If John is right, a big question arises: Are the billions of people both living and dead who have never heard of Jesus Christ (probably 90% of God's children) cast out and condemned forever? or has a just God made plans for
each and everyone of his children, making sure that all will have a chance to accept the message of the true gospel of Jesus Christ either in this life or after, and then be baptized? What other scenario makes sense, especially when we know that
God is unquestionably just to all?
This question is answered in 1 Peter .
The Baptism of Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ set the example for everyone, both the living and the dead.
At the beginning of Jesus Christís ministry, He went to the Jordan River. John the Baptist was there preaching and baptizing the people. Jesus asked to be baptized. John did not want to do it because he thought that Jesus should baptize him. He asked Jesus why he should baptize him. The Savior explained that He needed to be baptized to be obedient to the commandments of Heavenly Father.
And John and Jesus went down into the water and John baptized him.
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water; and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon him.
And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
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