Baptism is a public declaration of your internal decision to commit your life to follow Jesus. We are born again at the moment of conversion, when we repent of our sins, accept Jesus’ death for us on the cross, and receive the Holy Spirit. Baptism is a visible symbol of that new, invisible spiritual birth, which is why it should take place as soon after conversion as possible.
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Baptism by immersion looks a lot like taking a bath! This is to remind us that Jesus has washed us clean of all our sins: past, present, and future. When we lie back into the water and are lifted back up, it reminds us of how Christ was laid in the grave and rose again. It marks the end of our old life and the beginning of a new one. Romans 6:4 says, “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
He said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
In Matthew 28:19-20
Baptism is one of the two practices that Jesus specifically commanded his followers to do (the other is the Lord's supper or communion). This act of obedience benefits both the one being baptized and encourages those witnessing the baptism.
Baptism is a multi-faceted symbol. It reminds us of at least three important truths: our new spiritual birth (John 3:3-5), our sins are washed away (Titus 3:5), and we have died and been raised with Christ (Romans 6:4).
“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.
Baptism does not impart salvation; it is something we do after we have been saved to symbolize what has already taken place within us. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, you have no reason not to be baptized. It is an important first step in your faith journey, and visibly marks your entrance into the family of believers. It does not mean that you have everything figured out or that you have no more doubts or questions – it is just the first step. If you’ve already been a Christian for a long time, don’t wait any longer!