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What does the Bible say about baptism? And why is it so important? There’s been a trend in modern Christianity, which has begun to place little value on baptism and treat it as an optional token, rather than a vital step in our faith. Teaching that baptism is only a symbolic and that it has no other purpose. They claim that baptism is simply an outward expression of an inward act. And in many cases, the altar call has come to replace the baptismal in this life of new believers. However, if baptism is only symbolic, then why did you show a command that all believers become baptized?
Bible Baptism Verses
“Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I’ve commanded you?”
Why would our Messiah place so much emphasis on baptism? If it was only symbolic? He placed it on equal ground with making disciples and teaching them to obey all of his commandments. He also linked baptism to salvation, saying, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned. When did baptism originate? And what is its purpose? We know that john was baptizing people in the Jordan for repentance of sins, but was he the first introduced baptism?
If we do a little research, we find a connection between baptism and the practice of evolution. The act of washing oneself and water is prescribed by God in the Torah. There are three kinds of evolution recognized in biblical and rabbinical law, washing of the hands, washing of the hands and feet, and immersion of the whole body and water. These are blue are often referred to as ritual washing, and the two most common are that have hand washing and full body immersion.
The Bible provides a number of scenarios for when we should wash ourselves in water. It serves to decontaminate from sickness and disease to purify from touching unclean things to sanitize from emissions and ministrations and to sanctify before entering the temple.
JOHN Wesley popularized the phrase cleanliness is indeed next to godliness. And although that phrase is not found in the Scriptures, the concept can be inferred from this the sheer number of times the Bible instructs us to wash. Aside from ritual cleansing immersion was also used in the conversion process for gentle process lights to become part of the Jewish people.
This actually is where the baptism for conversion originated. being baptized into Christ Jesus is the starting point for those who wish to enter the covenant. Listen to what the Jewish Encyclopedia says about baptism for conversion.
“The baptism for the proselyte has for its purpose his cleansing from the impurity of idolatry, and the restoration to the purity of a newborn man, the bathing and water is to constitute a rebirth, where for the girl is like a child just born. And he must be in the Name of God, the shim Sham I, that is to assume the yoke of God’s kingdom imposed upon him by the one who leads him to baptism, or else he is not admitted into Judaism. For this very reason the Israelites, before the acceptance of the law had according to follow on the Decalogue, as well as according to rabbinical tradition, to undergo the right of baptismal purification.”
This is very similar to what Paul wrote about those who had passed through the Red Sea after leaving Egypt. Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the all passed through the seas, all were baptized into Moses, in the cloud, and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drink the same spiritual drink, for the drink of that spiritual rock that followed them. And that rock was Christ.
The phrase baptized into Moses is a reference to Moses being the one who led them in their baptism, and it was under Moses that they assumed the yoke of God’s kingdom. This would mean that if we are baptized in Jesus, then we assume the yoke of Covenant through Him, because He is the one who leads us into the kingdom.
There are a number of types and shadows of baptism in the Scriptures, such as Noah in the flood, Moses in the Nile, the Israelites crossing the Red Sea, and Jonah in the belly of the whale. Not only did these events represent baptism, but also point prophetically to the resurrection. Each of these accounts show how people were redeemed from death through water, Peter made a direct correlation between baptism and resurrection. And he used the flood as an example of baptism explaining how Noah and his family were saved through water.
When once the divine long suffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few that his eight souls were saved through water. There is also an anti type, which now saves us baptism, not the removal of filth from the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, just as the flood purified the earth, so also baptism purifies the soul.
Baptism is the cleansing of a person from impurity and idolatry. Peter said, baptism is an anti type of the flood. The Greek word used here is anti type on which means typical of representing by type or pattern, corresponding to a thing resembling another, or its counterpart, it refers to another thing that is similar to the first. Therefore baptism is a type or pattern of the flood, which saved Noah and his family, the flood cleanse the world of evil and allowed Noah and his family to start over fresh. The whole earth was baptized in water, which is symbolic of death and resurrection, because new life came forth from the ark. Peter also says that we are baptized through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, our baptism is connected to the resurrection of Jesus. Likewise, Paul made a similar analogy between baptism and the resurrection of Jesus,
“what shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death, therefore we were buried with Him through the baptism into death, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For you, we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly, we shall be in the likeness of His resurrection. 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, for he who has died has been free from sin. Now, if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.”
According to Paul, baptism is an identification with the death and resurrection of our Messiah. As we go down to the water, we are receiving his death and burial. And as we come out of the water, we are proclaiming His resurrection and new life.
In this way, the baptism becomes an expression of faith in the resurrection of the dead. Peter compelled the people to be baptized during his sermon teaching baptism for the remission of sins.
baptism of the holy spirit
“Now, when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said, to Peter, and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said to them, Repent, and let everyone be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, then those who gladly receive this word, were baptized. And that day, about 3000 souls were added to them”
It’s no wonder that we see the apostles placing such emphasis on baptism among new believers. Here are a few examples from the book of Acts that show how important was to first century believers.
“But when they believe Philip, as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized”
water baptism scriptures
“ Then Philip opened his mouth and beginning it at this scripture, preach Jesus to him. Now, as they went down the road, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, See, here’s some water, what hinders me from being baptized? Then 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. So he can commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him”
Even Paul was compelled to be baptized when he became a believer,
“and analyzed when his way and entered the house and laying his hands on him, he said, Brother saw, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight, and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Immediately there fell from his eyes, something like scales, and he received his sight at once. And he arose and was baptized”
“He stood and said to me, brother, Saul, receive your site. And at that same hour, I looked up at him. And he said, the God of our fathers has chosen you that you should know his will, and see the just one, and hear the voice of his mouth, for you will be his witness to all men, of what you have seen and heard. And now Why are you waiting, Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord”
Notice that baptism was done immediate. After coming to faith. They didn’t have an altar call or take a new members class. They believed and were baptized. There was a sense of urgency connected to each of these baptismal accounts, because they understood baptism to be a vital part of their salvation.
Baptism marks the death of our sinful ways, giving us newness of life through the Spirit.
“Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God”
If we want to enter the kingdom and have eternal life, then we must put our sinful flesh to death, and live our life according to the Spirit, walking in obedience to the Word of God.
“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”
In many churches, it’s popular to have an altar call for people who want to convert and be saved. But the Bible places emphasis on baptism, for salvation, and for the remission of sins. The Bible never mentions an altar call. Peter didn’t ask people to raise their hands and pray a prayer.
The apostles always compelled new believers to immediately be baptized.
I have one final verse For those who still don’t think baptism is important. The Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him. I hope this teaching has helped you better understand the importance of baptism, and if you have not been baptized, then what are you waiting for?