Baptism

It is a wonderful thing that you are considering baptism! However, being baptized will not instantly make you into a new person. Life’s challenges won’t suddenly become easier. When you are tempted to sin, it will still be hard to resist. The fact that you were baptized does not guarantee your place in Heaven.

Why, then, should you be baptized?

1. OBEDIENCE

- Jesus Christ commanded it while on earth

Matt 28:18-19 Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

- The Apostles continued to command it

Acts 2:38 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.                     

2. EXAMPLE

- Jesus and those who followed him set the example by obeying and being baptized

Matt 3:13-17 Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.  But John tried to deter him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"  Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.  And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."

- Example of the early church – Acts 8:12-13, 36-39; 9:18-19; 16:15,33; 18:8; 19:3-5; 22:16

Acts 8:36-39 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, "Look, here is water. Why shouldn't I be baptized?" And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both 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 suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.

Acts 10:47-48 "Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have." So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

3. IDENTIFICATION

- Going under and coming out of the water is a picture of  what Jesus did in your place - dying, buried, and rising again.

Rom 6:3-8 don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin--because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.

Col. 2:12-13 having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,

4.  TESTIMONY

- Being baptized publicly lets others see outwardly what has already taken place inwardly in your heart.

Matt 5:14-16 "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Remember – Faith in Christ is the only way of salvation. (Acts 16:25-34) Baptism is for those that have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and are following him. The next step is becoming a member of your local church.

Acts 2:41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.  

Last Published: September 13, 2016 2:22 PM
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