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).
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).
is an example shown by our Lord (Mathew 3:16).
3. It is
the last commandment (Mathew 28:18-20).
4. It is the
decision by God (Luke 7:30).
5. It is a doctrine (Acts
6. It is good conscious to the Lord (1Pet 3:21).
7. It is the righteousness of God (Mathew 3:15)
Christian water baptism pictures
at least four important things:
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."
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."
3. 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."
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 3:26,27
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?
who repented their sins (Acts 2:38).
2. Those who received the word (Acts
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).
How 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
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
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
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 covenant people.
Why should we be baptized?
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.
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.
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