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Baptism

by Bill Wong

 

 

 

The Bible teaches that once the true believer is convicted of his sins, he must repent of them and be baptized by immersion (this is what the Greek word ‘baptizo’ means):

 

Acts 2:

  38   Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins;

       and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.   (NASB)

 

 

The baptism taught in the Bible should be done once believers are mature enough to count the cost of what it really means to follow Christ:

 

Luke 14:

26   "If anyone comes to me, and doesn't disregard his own father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters, yes,

      and his own life also, he can't be my disciple.

27   Whoever doesn't bear his own cross, and come after me, can't be my disciple.

28   For which of you, desiring to build a tower, doesn't first sit down and count the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it?

29   Or perhaps, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, everyone who sees begins to mock him,

30   saying, 'This man began to build, and wasn't able to finish.'

31   Or what king, as he goes to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and

      consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?

32   Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an envoy, and asks for conditions of peace.

33   So therefore whoever of you who doesn't renounce all that he has, he can't be my disciple.

34   Salt is good, but if the salt becomes flat and tasteless, with what do you season it?

35   It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."   (WEB)

 

 

It simulates the death and resurrection of Christ and we ourselves also put to death our old selves and are raised as new creatures in Christ:

 

Romans 6:

1     What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?

2     May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?

3     Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?

4     Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death,

      so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

5     For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,

6     knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with,

      so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;

7     for he who has died is freed from sin.  

8     Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,

9     knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him.

10   For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.

11   Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.  (NASB)

 

 

Baptism as taught in the Bible is important. The Bible tells us why. It also tells us who should be baptized; when they should be baptized and how.

 

The subject of Baptism is already covered in other areas of Seek God’s Truth. For more information, please refer to the articles: ‘Baptism – What does the Bible say about why, when, who, & how?’ and ‘The Bride of Christ’.