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Baptism

Baptism

Faith is the attitude toward God that leads to our salvation. Faith is obedient trust, the eager willingness to conform to God's will out of reverence and gratitude.

The New Testament also teaches that immersion is an essential and culminating act in obtaining salvation. Other steps such as repentance and the confession of Christ are required as well, but submission to the command of baptism is the point at which the blood of Jesus is applied to the soul, thus forgiving sin.

The language is clear:

  • Jesus (to His apostles): "He who believes and is baptized will be saved. ..." (Mark 16:16)

  • Peter (to the Jews responsible for Jesus' death): "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. ..." (Acts 2:38)

  • Ananias (to Saul of Tarsus): "And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord." (Acts 22:16)

  • Paul (to those already Christians): "Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." (Rom. 6:4)

  • Peter (to Christians needing a reminder): "There is also an antitype which now saves us, namely baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. ..." (1 Peter 3:21)

Baptism is for the remission of sins. (Acts 2:38) 

  • Baptism is the point our sins are washed away. (Acts 22:16) 

  • Baptism is a commandment. (Acts 2:38) 

  • Baptism is the point in which we contact the blood of Jesus. 

  • Baptism is the point you enter the kingdom. (John 3:5) 

  • Baptism is when you are united with Christ. (Romans 6:3-4). 

  • Baptism is when you are clothed with Christ. (Galatians 3:27). 

  • Baptism is when you become a child of God. (Galatians 3:26-27). 

  • Baptism is a necessary response to the gospel of Christ. 

  • Baptism is a symbolic reenactment of the death, burial, resurrection of Christ in which we are united with Christ. (Romans 6:3-10; Colossians 2:12)

ONE, to follow the example of Christ. The first baptism we read about in the first book of the NT is the baptism of Jesus. Baptism was important enough to Jesus that he walked 40 miles to be baptized. "When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too." (Luke 3:21)

TWO, because Jesus commanded it. "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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:19–20)

THREE, it demonstrates your obedience to Christ. "We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands." (1 John 2:3)

 

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