The Why of Baptism?
Why do we baptize as a church?
Jesus commands us and gives us the authority to do this.
Throughout the book of Acts, they baptized in the name of Jesus (Ch. 2,8,10 &19).
Why do we get baptized?
The same reason because the recipients are being obedience to the word of God.
In Acts 2:38 after sharing the gospel of Jesus, Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins”.
The How of Baptism?
Since the Bible is silent on the style of baptism, we cannot dogmatic or ritualistic about it.
The important thing to remember is baptism is a sign and that sign is water.
The O.T. covenant sign was circumcision.
The N.T. covenant sign is baptism with water.
The Meaning of Baptism?
It is a covenant sign with water but what does it signify?
Union with Jesus.
Baptism is a picture of union with Jesus.
It is signifies being united to Christ.
Romans 6:3-5 and Gal 3:26-27.
Cleaning from Sin.
Baptism is also a sign of cleansing from Sin.
Acts 22:16, Ezekiel 36:25.
So, baptism according to the Bible signifies being United to Jesus and being Washed Clean of Sin.
However, you only get what is signified through faith in Jesus, by trusting Jesus’ work on the cross.
If you want to know more about baptism please speak to:
Pastor Michael Eleveld