Water baptism symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and our identification with Him in them. It marks the reality of our union with Jesus Christ. No doubt water baptism carries so many questions with regards to the correct doctrinal practice. Below are a few questions that every believer generally has regarding water baptism.
What Is the Meaning of Baptism?
It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection. Christ died for our sins He was buried and He rose again. 1Cor. 15:3-4 For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ. Col. 2:12.
It illustrates my new life as a Christian. When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun 2 Cor. 5:17 “By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead so also we may live a new life! “Rom. 6:4”For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast”. “Ephesians 2:8,9
Why Be Baptized By Immersion?
Because Jesus was baptized that way. As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.“Matt. 3:16
Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion. then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water Acts 8:38-39 The word Baptize means To dip under water The Greek work Baptize means To immerse or dip under water.
It best symbolized a burial and resurrection!
Who Should Be Baptized?
Every person who has believed in Christ. Those who believe and accepted His message were baptized. Acts 2:41 – Simon himself believed and was baptized.
Acts 8:13 – But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Acts 8:12.
Baptism doesn’t make you a believer it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not save you, only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring. it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart.
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