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Baptism - What does the Bible say about why, when, who, and how?

by Bill Wong

 

 

 

Baptism is like a betrothal/marriage

 

Many believers in the Lord Jesus Christ have heard the term “the bride of Christ” and believe they are His bride.

 

However, most of these same people do not believe they should be baptized and have been taught by those in positions of authority that baptism is a useless work. These people say this even though it is crystal clear and cannot be denied that the Bible teaches we must be baptized if we profess to be Christ’s.

 

And yet there are many others who are supposedly baptized, but are baptized incorrectly in a manner that completely ignores and opposes the baptism as instructed in the Bible. Again, the ones in positions of authority teach un-Biblical tradition and not Bible truth.

 

A baptism is a public display and declaration before witnesses and God of our love and commitment to God through His son, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is like a marriage or more accurately, a betrothal, as in ancient Jewish custom (recall that Joseph and Mary were betrothed) where the Lord Jesus is the groom and we are the bride.

 

Just like a real marriage, to commit oneself to Christ requires the bride/believer knowing exactly what they are getting into – it must be a thoroughly informed and unforced decision. And then we are baptized into Christ and take upon ourselves His name.

 

The Bible tells us that those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ should be baptized and the Bible tells us how they must be baptized. We also model the Lord Jesus who was Himself baptized (Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:29-33).

 

So let us begin by reviewing what the Bible says about baptism with commentary about how the Protestant and Roman Catholic baptismal practices defer from Bible truth.

 

 

 

When and why do we do it?

 

The Bible teaches that a person is baptized when they are aware of their sins and sinful nature, and know that they cannot be justified in themselves, but they can only be justified by the atoning blood of the son of God and Messiah, the Lord Jesus. The person who is baptized must count the cost (Luke 14:27-33) and be prepared to repent, change their lives to not sin and commit themselves to God in Christ.

 

These are examples of people who have realized they are sinful and know that only the blood of the son of God and Messiah Jesus can save them:

 

Acts 2:

36   "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ."

37   Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles,

     "Men and brethren, what shall we do?"

38   Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins;

     and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.   (NKJV)

 

Acts 8:

36   And as they went on their way, they came to a certain water: and the eunuch said,

     See, here is water; what does hinder me to be baptized?

37   And Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, you may. And he answered and said,

     I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

38   And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch;

     and he baptized him.

39   And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip,

     that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.   (AKJV)

 

 

Protestant

 

Protestants generally consider baptism an unnecessary sacrament. They believe that one is saved or born again by just accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior in their heart or by making an oral confession. However, as we see in Acts 8 above, a proclamation of faith in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ should be done within the context of baptism and does not stand alone without it.

 

As for those who do baptize, there is an open question about preparedness and counting the cost, because true Biblical repentance is not usually taught.  Repentance from sin requires we know what sin is and the Bible states that it is by the Law of God we know what sin is and sin is the transgression of the Law (Romans 7:7; 1 John 3:4).  So repentance from sin means we must stop breaking the Law of God and start obeying it.  And when we obey it, we must do so according to the Bible; for example: observe all of the 10 Commandments the way God states and not just some according to the traditions of men.

 

 

Roman Catholic

 

The Roman Catholic Church practices infant baptism. However, it is abundantly clear in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, that a person must acknowledge they have sinned against God and must turn to Him in repentance with a humble heart, and commit themselves to Him. This requires cognitive abilities and conscious effort that no infant can possibly have. So what does baptizing an infant accomplish since the infant does not understand what baptism means, or even what sin is or God is; much less what are the suffering, crucifixion, atoning death, and glorious resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ? It may satisfy a tradition of man, but baptizing an infant does not do anything in God’s eyes. It does not make sense to baptize an infant for these reasons and more. God created man and gave us our own minds to think and choose Him or do otherwise. These abilities do not exist yet in an infant, but a person must wait for the appropriate age of accountability, which is usually at least when the person is not considered a minor any more.

 

What makes this Bible truth stand out even more is the fact that in its history, the Roman Catholic Church has hunted down and executed believers who practiced adult baptism or “re-baptizing” (the latest occurrence was in the 16th century with the “Anabaptists” – “re-baptizers”), after they realized their infant baptism was useless and not Biblical. What happened that made these people aware of the Bible truth that infant baptism was really just membership and registering into the Roman Catholic Church and not following God’s instructions? What happened was that after centuries of the Roman Catholic Church withholding the Bible from the people, some brave men were able to get the Word of God and translate it from the dead language of Latin, and then print and distribute it to the common people. When the people found out that infant baptism was contrary to the Bible’s instructions, they did what God told them to do: baptize only as an adult, because that is when one can acknowledge sin and repent from sin, and count the cost of following Christ. These believers baptized the Biblical way and paid the ultimate cost in following God’s Word.  

 

 

 

How do we do it? 

 

The word ‘baptize’ comes from the Greek word ‘baptizo’ which means to immerse. Biblical baptism requires immersion: complete submersion in water and then back up from it, as symbolic of the death of the Lord Jesus and His resurrection from the grave, which we emulate as believers who are promised the gift of eternal life and will likewise be buried and one day be resurrected.

 

Going down into the water also symbolizes dying to the flesh, our old sinful selves where Christ has put away the penalty of our sins.  Upon rising up out of the water we symbolize Christ's resurrection and new life – we are no longer what we once were, bound to sin and the weakness and lusts of the world, but are a new creation in Christ to be like Christ and we now serve God, not sin. 

 

Biblical baptism by immersion with its burial and resurrection symbolism is very important for the one who is baptized, because he/she will always know that it is the precious blood of the Lord Jesus that has conquered death and purchased his freedom to one day be with God and Christ forever.

 

We see this described:

 

Romans 6:

3     Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?

4     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.

5     For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,

6     knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with,

     that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

7     For he who has died has been freed from sin.

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

9     knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion 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   Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.   (NKJV)

 

Colossians 2:

 12   buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from

      the dead.   (NKJV)

 

 

Protestant

 

When Protestant denominations do baptize, they use a variety of methods such as sprinkling, pouring or immersion. If they do not immerse, than they are not following Biblical instructions and there is no referencing of dying and resurrection to life, in both the literal and spiritual/renewed sense.

 

 

Roman Catholic

 

The Roman Catholic Church only practices sprinkling water on the top of the head. There is no Biblical symbolism at all of the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ nor the dying to self and being a renewed person in Christ.

 

 

 

In whose name? 

 

The Bible tells us that we must be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. All cases of actual baptisms in the Bible are in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (excepting His own, of course). Immediately after God’s holy spirit has just been poured out onto the disciples, the apostle Peter was inspired to give the baptismal formula below which mentions the requirements of committing one’s life to Christ: repentance of sin and the acknowledgment of Christ’s sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins, hence why the baptism is done in the Lord Jesus’ name.

 

Acts 2:

36   "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ."

37   Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles,

     "Men and brethren, what shall we do?"

38   Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins;

     and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.   (NKJV)

 

 

In 1 Corinthians 1, the apostle Paul tells us baptisms must be done in a name and it cannot be in the name of anyone except the name of the person who was crucified for us, the Lord Jesus Christ:

 

1 Corinthians 1:

12   Now I say this, that each of you says, "I am of Paul," or "I am of Apollos," or "I am of Cephas," or "I am of Christ."

13   Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

14   I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,

15   lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name.   (NKJV)

 


Baptism must be in the name of the Lord Jesus as the Bible says – He is the groom.  He gives us not only His righteousness and covering, but the privilege of being His bride and “taking” His name.



Remember also that all knees are to bow to His name which is the name above every name, and this includes during baptism as we are baptized in His name and “take” His  name:


Philippians 1:

9    Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,

10   that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,   (NKJV)



In addition to the Son of God being our groom it must be noted that baptism requires a witness and the Bible clearly states that it is the Lord Jesus alone who is the true witness so again, it is most definitely in His name, the name above every other name, that we are to be baptized:


Revelation 1:

5    and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood   (NKJV)


Revelation 3:

14   And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things said the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

15   I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would you were cold or hot.

16   So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.

17   Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

18   I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness do not appear; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.

19   As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

20   Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

21   To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

22   He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches.   (AKJV)

 


Other verses:

 

Acts 8:16

Acts 10:48

Acts 19:4-5

Acts 22:12-16

Romans 6:3

1 Corinthians 6:11

Galatians 3:26-29

 

 


Protestant

 

The vast majority of Protestants who are baptized, are baptized “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”. They follow the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church (see below).

 

 

Roman Catholic

 

All baptisms are done “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”, citing Matthew 28:19. It should be noted that Matthew 28:19 is not an example of a baptism of individuals, but of nations. It also does not follow the instruction of the apostle Peter given on the Day of Pentecost when God poured forth His spirit upon all. It contradicts all the baptisms performed by the apostles in the Book of Acts which is a recording of what the apostles did in the time shortly after the Lord Jesus ascended back to heaven. These baptisms do follow the template of Peter’s instruction and are in Jesus’ name.

 

Why does God’s holy spirit which comes after the Lord’s ascension, direct Peter and the apostles to baptize in the Lord Jesus’ name, and appear to contradict Jesus’ earlier instruction? One or the other must be wrong. There is evidence that Matthew 28:19 was changed very early on in the Greek manuscripts by the Roman Catholic Church, as openly admitted to by this church, as well.

 

Therefore, the Roman Catholic mode of baptism is found yet again to defy God’s will in the matter. And whose name are Catholics and non-Catholics being baptized into if not the Lord Jesus Christ’s? Since it is the Roman Catholic Church that does not use the Bible’s instructions but its own, and has even changed Matthew 28:19 from the name of Jesus into “Father/Son/Holy Spirit”, than they are being baptized into the Roman Catholic Church and not to Christ. Please see related article ‘Truth about Matthew 28:19 – baptize in MY name’.

 

 

 

Laying on of hands to receive God’s holy spirit

 

Biblical baptism requires the laying on of hands upon the person just baptized to receive God’s gift of His holy spirit. It is the Lord Jesus baptizing with holy spirit (Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; Acts 11:16). This laying on of hands is done by the believers doing the baptism and other believers, who already have the holy spirit of God within them. This is another critical part of baptism and is fittingly the last part, because it is when God gives His holy spirit to His children so He may dwell within us.

 

The gifts of God’s spirit can be manifested many ways, but the most important thing it does is to change the person from within to know God’s truth, conform to the image of Christ and serve God in Christ. The giving of God’s spirit to us upon baptism is only a deposit for something greater to be fully exchanged when the Lord Jesus returns and we are changed into spirit ourselves.

 

Examples of laying on of hands being required to receive the holy spirit of God upon baptism:

 

Acts 8:

14   Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God,

     they sent Peter and John to them,

15   who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.

16   For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

17   Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

18   And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money,

19   saying, "Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit."

20   But Peter said to him, "Your money perish with you,

     because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money!   (NKJV)

 

Acts 19:

1     And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions,

     came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples

2     he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" So they said to him,

     "We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit."

3     And he said to them, "Into what then were you baptized?" So they said, "Into John's baptism."

4     Then Paul said, "John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance,

     saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus."

5     When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

6     And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.   (NKJV)

 

 

Other:

 

Acts 9:17-18

1 Corinthians 6:11

1 Timothy 4:14

2 Timothy 1:6-7

1 John 4:13

 

Gifts:

 

Luke 11:13

Romans 12:4-8

1 Corinthians 12

1 Corinthians 14:1-25

Ephesians 4:7-16 

 

 

 

Protestant

 

Those Protestant denominations that do practice baptisms, usually do not perform the laying on of hands to receive the holy spirit of God. This bypasses the most critical part of the baptism, because all believers must receive God’s holy spirit to dwell within us and this is the Biblical instruction on how it is received. Any other way that may be taught to receive the holy spirit of God is un-Biblical (the lone exception is Acts 10:44-48 when God’s holy spirit fell first upon Cornelius’ household (the first Gentiles to receive it) and then they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus).

 

 

Roman Catholic

 

In infant baptism, this critical component is also bypassed. Without this, how does the infant have God dwell within them? Where is the power we are to receive to do anything or be changed? Of course, raising these questions is pointless to an infant, because infants should not be baptized in the first place.

 

 

 

The Problem with Baptisms not being done or done incorrectly

 

What do we conclude when we compare the Bible’s instructions on baptism with the Protestant and Roman Catholic practices, especially within the context of a betrothal or marriage commitment?

 

For Protestants, it is clear that most of the time baptisms are not done at all and when they are done, it is done incorrectly or not completely.

 

Protestants are overwhelmingly taught that just verbally committing yourself to Christ by acknowledging Him as the Son of God and your savior is being born again and there is no need for baptism:

 

Romans 10:

8     But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart"--that is, the word of faith which we are preaching,

9     that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead,

     you will be saved;

10   for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.   (NASB)

 

 

But the Bible is clear that baptism into Christ is what we need to do and to receive God’s spirit. Such a declaration should be done with the baptism. A verbal declaration is not sufficient and can be likened to saying “I do” without acknowledgement by the required authority and witnesses and the requisite act of love/faith. In other words, it is not really a marriage.

 

What James says in James 2:14-26 about true faith requiring worthy deeds reflecting that faith, also applies to love; real love also requires action. Faith and love with only words and no action is useless (Matthew 21:28-31).

 

It is not enough to say “I do” without a ceremony or witnesses, because anyone can say anything, but it is the action and declaration before the witness of God, Christ and family, friends and other believers. We dedicate ourselves as a new creation in Christ. The Bible tells us that a confession of faith and giving ourselves to the Lord Jesus – being baptized in His name, occur together as we saw with the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:26-39. After he knew that the Lord Jesus was the son of God who died for his sin as the sacrificial lamb, the eunuch was convicted in spirit and confessed and was baptized.

 

In the Protestant case, the age of accountability is not an issue as people at least know who the Lord Jesus is and what He has done, and they make a conscious effort to accept Him and try to change. Adults can also always learn and then do the right thing.

 

However, the Roman Catholic Church baptizes infants, which totally makes baptism useless where absolutely nothing Biblical is followed. Even the most basic requirement of knowing who the Lord Jesus is cannot be satisfied by an infant, much less knowing He is our Lord who has saved us by His sacrifice. How does an infant know she is the bride of Christ or what that even means?

 

Even more than this, since Roman Catholics are baptized at birth, they are given a false sense of security from the very beginning of their lives – thinking that “membership” in the Roman Catholic Church from birth secures their eternal salvation, but the sad reality is that the only thing they have been guaranteed is that they will not know Bible truth at all about what baptism really is.

 

 

What does all this ultimately mean with baptisms not being done at all while most are done un-Biblically to infants?

 

The Bible teaches we are the bride of Christ who are baptized (immersed) in the groom’s name and then upon laying on of hands, God gives us the gift of His holy spirit.

 

The obvious and terrible truth is that in both cases, but especially in the Roman Catholic Church since it is firmly entrenched since birth, believers are not taught the Bible truth about baptism. This prevents people from truly knowing God’s plan in Christ – with most believers and 100% of all Roman Catholics who are converted or born into Roman Catholicism, having never received the holy spirit of God according to the way the Bible says it is given.

 

It is very important to understand that baptism is done in the context of a betrothal/marriage commitment and laying on of hands after the baptism is the Biblically prescribed way to receive the holy spirit of God. The Bible says we are the bride of Christ and we must receive God’s spirit to dwell within us. How is this being done if most believers are not obeying the Bible?

 

We must carefully note what the Bible says the holy spirit is so we understand the size, seriousness and consequences of the problem. Receiving God’s holy spirit is like an engagement/betrothal gift given to us while the groom – our Lord Jesus Christ, is away preparing a place for us. It is a deposit and guarantee that we look forward to being redeemed in full when the Lord Jesus returns. It is only given to us as a deposit or guarantee for something greater:

 

Ephesians 1:

13   In whom you also trusted, after that you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation:

     in whom also after that you believed, you were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

14   Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of his glory.   (AKJV)

 

 

The something greater – “the redemption of the purchased possession”, is our bodies being changed to be like Christ’s body when He returns and then we will be with Him forever. So fully being changed into a new creature with eternal life is a promise that God keeps for His children which only begins with the deposit of His holy spirit. The holy spirit He gives us can be likened to an engagement ring; it only holds us until the marriage is fully complete – and only then we become completely and officially the bride of Christ.

 

The Bible states that baptism with laying on of hands is required for God to give us His holy spirit to dwell within us as a deposit that will be fully redeemed upon the Lord Jesus’ return to claim His bride. So the Protestant and Roman Catholic, or any believer for that matter, who does not believe in Biblical baptism must honestly ask themselves these questions:

 

---  Am I truly in the body of Christ that is His bride if I am not baptized according to the Bible?

 

---  What exactly am I in if not baptized or baptized incorrectly since birth?

 

---  Do I really have God’s holy spirit dwelling within me?

 

 

These are pointed questions especially for the Roman Catholic. The Roman Catholic Church’s baptismal practice of infants by sprinkling is really wrong. The infant does not know anything: who the Lord Jesus is, what He has done, what is a bride and groom. There is no symbolism of death/old and resurrection/new; there is no baptizing into Christ but instead into a name that is not the groom’s and not even a real name; there is no receiving of God’s holy spirit.  

 

Essentially what infant baptism does is baptize the person into the Roman Catholic Church, but not the body of Christ which is His bride. From birth, it closes off the person from Bible truth and the way to know and commit to the Lord Jesus as His bride and receive the spirit of God. Infant baptism is a system that creates generations and generations, millions and millions, of people who are automatically shut out of God’s truth and His plan from the very beginning. Instead, it brands people as property to the Roman Catholic Church and holds complete power over them to believe in un-Biblical doctrine and traditions.

 

That is the simple and awful truth. Infant baptism on many levels is not just wrong, but heretical and evil. If you are Roman Catholic, you must reconsider everything about the Roman Catholic Church. As you see in this article as well as others in this section and other areas of this website, there is really nothing the Roman Catholic Church does that is according to the God’s Bible truth.

 

All people: Protestant, Roman Catholic or other, must go by Bible truth only.

 

 

 

We should be baptized the Biblical way

 

The Bible says we must be baptized according to its instructions as already outlined point by point above. Does this mean that we must be baptized to be saved? The thief on the cross who confessed Christ was not baptized (as far as we can tell), but yet the Lord was merciful and forgave him and saved him. However, the thief was hanging from a stake and could not be baptized even if he wanted to. God is merciful and will judge righteously. God can make exceptions, but the Bible truth makes it evident what the normal practice is, and tells us we should do it. Every person has a responsibility to know God’s truth and once they know it, to obey it.  Remember the words of the apostle James, “to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17).

 

In other words, after you have counted the cost of what it means to put God and Christ first, giving up the world and then living according to God’s will, nothing short of death should prevent you from being baptized and committing yourself to God in Christ. And only then we are indwelled with the spirit of God that molds us into the children we must be and to serve Him. His spirit perfects us in His love and in the knowledge of Him, but it is only the beginning. One day, this deposit of His holy spirit will be fully redeemed at Christ’s return for His bride. So the thief on the cross is an exception, because of his unique circumstances and inability to act.

 

Therefore, the question if we need to be baptized to be saved is not the correct question. Read the Bible and go by its truth only and the answer is resoundingly clear. If you love God and want to be the bride of Christ so that the spirit of God will dwell in you, then being baptized is what the Bible says you should do. Follow the Bible truth and you cannot go wrong. It is all about your love for God, but the Bible states love requires action – commitment, and tells us it starts with baptism the Biblical way.

 

The Bible truth on this matter is quite clear: once one recognizes what sin is and his sinfulness, he must be convicted in his heart to repent of sin and acknowledge that only Jesus the Son of God and Messiah saves him by His sacrifice. The repentant person must be fully informed of what the cost is to commit oneself to God in Christ, because there is no turning back.

 

Then and only then, if this person decides to give their life over to God, the commitment is sealed by being baptized in Jesus’ name and is given the gift of God’s spirit upon laying on of hands. Baptism is by immersion to simulate the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus who died for us, and also putting to death sin and the old person and our rising out of the waters a new person.

 

It is saying “I do” to the groom who gave Himself for us and committing ourselves to Him.

 

Ephesians 5:

22   Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

23   For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.

24   Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

25   Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,

26   that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,

27   that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing,

     but that she should be holy and without blemish.

28   So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.

29   For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.

30   For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.

31   "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."

32   This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.   (NKJV)

 

 

This is why baptism must be in the Lord Jesus’ name. He is the groom and one and only true witness, and we are baptized into Him and put on Him:

 

Galatians 3:

27   For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.   (AKJV)

 

 

Everything is done in Jesus’ name:

 

Colossians 3:

17     And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (NKJV)

 

 

 

Please also see articles: ‘The Bride of Christ’ and 'The Name of God and Messiah'.