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Baptism - It's Purpose and Meaning

Posted by bbullis on April 8, 2016

BELIEVER’S BAPTISM

 

In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus commands his followers to "go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit…" Baptism is the means by which followers of Jesus Christ are identified.

 

In passages such as Acts 2:41, 8:12 and 10:47-48, it is evident that Baptism follows an individual's decision to trust Christ alone for salvation.  Baptism was never intended to provide salvation for an individual, but rather to publicly identify a person with Christ. In Romans 6:1-11, the apostle Paul explains how the immersion mode of Baptism identifies the believer with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Going under water represents Christ's death and coming out of the water illustrates His resurrection.

 

You do not have to be baptized to have Christ in your heart any more than you must exchange rings to be pronounced man and wife. But if the inner commitment to trust Christ alone for salvation has been made, then the outward symbol of Baptism should be as valued and as visible as the gold ring on a newlywed's finger.

 

Once a person admits that he or she is a sinner and turns to Christ for salvation, the Bible says the watching world needs to know. Baptism has always stood as a kind of public test for people who have moved from being a seeker into being a believer.

 

Believers are those who have realized that their sin has separated them from God. They have given up all efforts to reach God through good works or religious activity. They have concluded that Jesus Christ's death on the cross for their sins is the only thing that can bridge the gap between them and God. A believer is someone who has decided to trust Jesus Christ alone for his or her salvation.

 

If you have come to this point in your spiritual journey, then you are ready to be baptized. Just as a bride and groom tell of their love for one another through the symbol of rings, you should also want to show the world through Baptism of your union with Christ. Let the miracle that has happened in you show through others as you follow the Lord’s command to be baptized.  Contact me at rvbullis(at)gmail.com!  Thanks!