Tuesday, October 27, 2015

What does baptism do? Why do Christians baptize? Should I be baptized too?

There are many verses in the Bible that mention baptism.  Below you will find a few passages and an explanation of what they teach:
  • Mark 16:16 - "He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned"  - Baptism is necessary for salvation.
  • Acts 2:38 - "Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" - Baptism is for the forgiveness of sins and the receiving of the Holy Spirit. 
  • Galatians 3:27 - "For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ" - Baptism clothes us with Christ.
  • Romans 6:3-4 - "Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life" - Baptism puts us in Christ.
  • 1 Peter 3:21 - "Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you-- not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience-- through the resurrection of Jesus Christ"Baptism saves us through the resurrection of Jesus. 
  • Acts 2:41 - "So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls." - At Baptism God adds you to the church.
  • Acts 22:16 - "Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name." - Baptism is how one "calls upon the Lord" for salvation and has their sins washed away.
  • Baptism is necessary for one to be in Christ, receive grace, be saved and be added to the church. Baptism is how one asks God to save them. 
  • A person must trust in Jesus' redemptive work on the cross to be saved. Baptism is how we do that. Baptism replicates Jesus' death, burial and resurrection.
  • God justifies the one being baptized by His grace. 
  • Baptism is not a work by which we earn our salvation, but instead it is an appeal to God for the salvation He offers. 
By Cliff Sabroe
Scripture references from NASB and ESV. Image from ourimgs.com