Baptism is the
outward testimony of the believer's inward faith. A
sinner is saved the moment he places his faith in the
Lord Jesus Christ. Baptism is a visible testimony to
that faith. Water baptism is the ordinance representing
the identification of the Christian with the death,
burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. You are
"crucified" (standing in water), you are "buried"
(immersed into the water), and you are "resurrected into
life" (raised out of the water) Rom. 6:3-5. We are not
saved by baptism, but by faith in Jesus Christ (1 John
1:7) (Col 1:14). Jesus did not die for his own sins; he
had none. Instead, by a transaction that we may never
fully understand, he died for the sins of the world.
When we commit our lives to Christ and thus identify
ourselves with him, his death becomes ours. He has paid
the penalty for our sins, and his blood has purified us.
1. Baptism is established by God (John 1:33).
It is an example shown by our Lord (Mathew 3:16).
It is the last commandment (Mathew 28:18-20).
is the decision by God (Luke 7:30).
5. It is a
doctrine (Acts 2:38).
6. It is good conscious to the
Lord (1Pet 3:21).
7. It is the righteousness of God
Christian water baptism pictures at
least four important things:
1. Baptism pictures and
declares the believer's death, burial, and resurrection
with Christ. "Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also
ye are risen with Him, through the faith of the
operation of God, who hath raised Him from the dead."
2. Baptism pictures and declares the
death of our old life to sin, and our resurrection to
walk in newness of life. "As Christ was raised up from
the dead, by the glory of the Father, even so we also
should walk in newness of life." Romans 6:4
Baptism pictures and declares our faith in the Trinity
of the Godhead. "Baptizing them in the NAME of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." Matthew
4. Baptism pictures and declares our "putting
on" of Christ. "For ye are all the children of God by
faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been
baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Galatians
So then, water baptism is a picture of what
transpired when you placed your faith and trust in the
death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ to save
you from your sins (Romans 6:3-5). Baptism is not for
born again, but for those who born again.
Who should be baptized?
1. Those who
repented their sins (Acts 2:38).
2. Those who
received the word (Acts 2:41).
3. Those who believed
(Acts 8:12, 36-37).
When the Philippian jailer
asked, "What must I do to be saved?" they said, "Believe
on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved...."
(Acts 16:30-34). His baptism came after his believing.
Who then should be baptized? Only those who have trusted
the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. In other
words Baptism is not for born again, but for those who
When should we be baptized?
The Bible teaches that water baptism follows after the
new birth. Read the example of Paul (Acts 9:18),
Cornelius (Acts 10:43-48), the Philippian Jailer (Acts
16:33) and a man of Ethiopia Acts 8:35-37).
should we be baptized?
The word baptizes means to
immerse, to engulf or to dip. How is a believer to be
baptized? by Immersion in water, in Matthew 3:16 and in
Mark 1:9-10, John 3:23 we find that John the Baptist
needed "much water" for baptism. In Acts 8:38-39 we are
taught baptism by immersion. In Romans 6:3-6 we see that
baptism must fulfill three types: death, burial and
resurrection. It is not difficult to see that the only
mode of baptism which fulfills all these pictures is the
immersion of the believer in water. Furthermore,
scriptural expressions such as "much water" (John 3:23),
and "down both into the water" (Acts 8:38) are very
conclusive evidence that water baptism is by immersion.
Baptism was a sign of identification with Christ and
with the Christian community. Although there were no
witnesses besides Philip, it was still important for the
eunuch to take this step. Jesus commanded us to baptize
(Mathew 28:18-19) in the the name of the Father, Son,
and Holy Spirit (i.e. the authority of). The word
Trinity does not occur in Scripture, but it well
describes the three-in-one nature of the Father, Son,
and Holy Spirit. The disciples were to baptize people
because baptism unites a believer with Jesus Christ in
his or her death to sin and resurrection to new life.
Baptism symbolizes submission to Christ, a willingness
to live God's way, and identification with God's
Why should we be
Water baptism is the Christian's
identification with Christ (Colossians 2:12). When Jesus
was baptized, God the Father said, "This is my beloved
Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3:17). When we
follow the example of the Lord Jesus Christ we certainly
please the Father. Baptism parallels the death, burial,
and resurrection of Christ, and it also portrays the
death and burial of our sinful old way of life followed
by resurrection to new life in Christ. Remembering that
our old sinful life is dead and buried with Christ gives
us a powerful motive to resist sin.
(Adapted, Alexander Thomas
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