Is Baptism necessary?

TOPICS: Baptism by water or by fire – water symbolizes purification – fire means contact with Christ self – baptism by water after age 12 – instructions in path to Christhood – baptism by fire happens spontaneously from within – inner commitment more important than outer ceremony –


Question: Is Baptism necessary? If so by whom and where do I get it done?

Answer from ascended master Jesus through Kim Michaels:

That depends on what you mean by “baptism” and what you mean by “necessary.” I am not trying to be funny, because it truly is important to define these terms.

In the New Testament you will see that there are two types of baptism. John the Baptist baptized people with water, and he said that one would come after him who would baptize them with fire. Most people assume that he was referring to me, and in a sense that is true because I was a representative of the Christ. Nevertheless, the true meaning of the baptism by fire is that it is a ceremony and an initiation that is performed by the Holy Christ self of each person.

The baptism by water is a symbol for the process of purification that leads the lifestream to the point where it is ready to attain a direct, conscious and permanent contact with its Christ self. This does not necessarily mean that the lifestream has attained full Christhood, but it does mean that the lifestream has attained a direct inner communion with the Christ self, which enables the lifestream to get answers and directions from within. In other words, the lifestream has permanently realized that it is a spiritual being and that it is only temporarily abiding in the physical body. It has realized that it is in this world but that it is not of this world.

So ideally the baptism by water should start the process whereby the lifestream purifies itself of false beliefs and imperfect energies, heals its emotional wounds and chooses to leave behind imperfect choices and momentums from the past. When this process is successfully completed, the lifestream will attain permanent contact with the Christ self, and through that thread of contact the fires of the Holy Spirit can flow through the Christ self and into the lifestream and be expressed in its thoughts feelings and actions.

There is little point in performing the baptism by water shortly after the birth of a child, because the child has no conscious awareness of the need to walk the path of Christhood. In an ideal spiritual community, the child would be raised with an understanding of the fact that I was an example to follow and that it has the potential to walk in my footsteps and therefore ascend the spiritual path that leads to personal Christhood. This would be explained to the child in easy-to-understand terms that was adapted to a child under the age of 12.

As you will see from the New Testament, the first significant event in my life recorded after my birth is when I appeared in the Temple at the age of 12. This signifies that after the first 12 years of life, a child who is properly tutored in the spiritual path is ready to receive a glimpse of its spiritual mission and calling. This then is the time when a child should ideally be baptized by water. You could then replace the confirmation ceremony with this baptism.

However, baptism should be preceded by a period of instruction in the path to Christhood. Armed with this knowledge, the child would be ready to receive the baptism by water and make a firm inner commitment to walk the path of Christhood. As a person ascends this spiral in the coming years and decades, he or she would eventually reach the point of attaining conscious contact with the Christ self. At that time, the baptism by fire would happen spontaneously from within.

In other words, no outer ceremony is necessary to mark the baptism by fire, although one could be performed as a symbol. However, such a ceremony could only be performed by a minister who had already attained a high degree of Christhood and therefore could recognize the Christhood in another.

Obviously, for a person who was not brought up with an understanding of the path to Christhood, baptism by water can be performed later in life when the person is awakened to the reality of the path. As I explained in my remarks about Holy Communion, the most important factor in any spiritual ceremony is the inner commitment of the person receiving the ceremony. However, it is also beneficial that the person performing the ceremony has inner attunement and empowerment by the Holy Spirit.

My point here is that if you have not been baptized in a Christian church, you can certainly go through this initiation if you desire. However, the real important point is that you make the firm inner commitment to begin the path of personal Christhood. If you wish to mark that commitment with an outer ceremony, then by all means do so. However, I am not saying that the outer ceremony is absolutely necessary. You can make the commitment on your own.

If you can find a minister who has some empowerment of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit flowing through the ceremony can give you a good start on your path to Christhood. I cannot at this point give you a specific recommendation as to a particular church or minister. You must use your inner discernment in this matter. What I can say is that here is currently no outer church that offers a full understanding of the path to Christhood.

Let me now comment on whether baptism is necessary. The fact of the matter is that throughout the history of this planet many lifestreams have manifested personal Christhood and have qualified for their ascension, what many Christians call salvation, without being baptized in a Christian church—or for that matter any other church. Therefore, the baptism by water is by no means a necessary ingredient for salvation. However, as I just described, it can indeed be an important stepping stone on your personal path, if you enter into the ceremony with the right inner commitment.

As for the baptism by fire, it is clearly a necessary step on the path to salvation, but it is an inner ceremony that will take place when the lifestream is ready. You can take the baptism by water with false motives – you can take it by force – but you cannot fake the baptism by fire. You are either ready for it or you are not.

 

Copyright © 2004 by Kim Michaels