1. When you are baptized, you reveal your NEW LIFE.
It is an experience to demonstrate your new life in Christ and to testify that:
- You are dead to sin and live for Christ.
Romans 6:3-4 says, “Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Once you have experienced the miracle of salvation, you are dead to old habits and the new life Jesus gives you is in you.
- You have a new nature.
Romans 6:13 says, “Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.” You have to know that your body now belongs to Jesus and that you can no longer neglect it by playing with sin. Instead, offer it to God.
2. When you are baptized, you IDENTIFY yourself with Christ.
- Do it to follow Jesus’ example.
In Matthew 3:13-17 it says, “Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?’ Jesus replied, ‘Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’” When you read the Bible, you find out that Christ was also baptized. We, as followers of Christ, should imitate Him, and this includes being baptized in water.
- Do it as an act of obedience.
Mark 16:16 says, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Jesus ordered every Christian to be baptized to please Him as proof of our obedience.
- Do it with a true commitment.
Matthew 28:19 says, “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.” In this verse we find the command of making disciples, teaching them to obey and be committed with Jesus Christ. This commitment began through baptism. In the same way, baptism marks the beginning of a greater responsibility in your Christian life and with your church. When you are baptized, you are opening the door to serve in the different ministries of your church.
3. When you are baptized, you CONFIRM that you are saved.
There are three meanings in water baptism, which are the following:
- It is proof of your conversion.
We read in Acts 8:36-38 “As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water. Why shouldn't I be baptized?’ And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.” This man demands to be baptized as a symbol of his inner conversion. If you have been born again, you desire to be baptized and identify yourself with Christ and your church.
- It is a public testimony of your faith.
Mark 16:15-16 says, “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.’” You give your friends (Christian and non-Christian) a testimony that you are saved, that you are a child of God. Being baptized is an act that is part of salvation in the sense that whoever is saved wants to obey everything in God’s Word. If any Christian denies to be baptized, there is a reason to doubt their salvation or conversion.
- It is a symbol of your salvation.
It is an act that produces strong emotions and blessings at the moment it is being done. It is a spiritual act that confirms that you are no longer the same person; when you are baptized, you demonstrate that you are dead to sin and in coming out of the water, you symbolize that you are a new creation, living for Christ. In 2 Corinthians 5:17 it says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” Baptism symbolically demonstrates what happened at the moment of salvation.
If you have received Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you should identify yourself completely with Him, His cause, and with your new brothers in faith. If you are ready to take the next step and be baptized in water, please let us know!