Romans 6:3-4, “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”
Beloved, this past Sunday we had the wonderful opportunity to witness the baptism of numerous youth and adults. Concerning baptism you may ask, what is baptism and do I need to be baptized?
Beloved, Christian baptism is an act of obedience to Jesus’ command, declaring the believer’s faith in and identification with their crucified, buried, and risen Savior (Matt. 28:19–20). It is a visible declaration of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Thus the believer being baptized is immersed beneath the waters in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, which expresses the believer’s death to sin and the burial of their old life, and then brought out of the water, which expresses the believer’s resurrection to a new life in Christ Jesus (Rom. 6:1–10; Col. 2:12). Baptism also identifies a Christian with Jesus (Acts 10:48), the universal church (1 Cor. 12:13), and the local church (Acts 2:41).
Beloved, we understand that baptism cannot save us. For we know that water does not save us. No, we are saved by grace through faith as we place our trust in Jesus Christ. It is Christ who saves us.
But then why should we be baptized? Even though we cannot be saved through baptism, if we have placed our faith in Jesus Christ then we should be baptized. Baptism is like wearing a wedding ring if you’re married. Baptism is the biblical way in which we show that by the power of the Spirit, we died to our old way of life through the death of Jesus, and live a new life through the resurrection of Jesus, cleansed from our sin in the same way that water cleanses us from filth. If you have made a commitment to Jesus, then I encourage you to obey his command to be baptized.
Beloved, I pray that you will have a blessed week. I love you and I will be praying for you!