It is God’s claim to ownership over me
You are baptized “in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19-20). To baptize in the “name of Jesus” (Acts 2:38; 8:16), or in the name of the triune God, is one and the same. We use the names of the Trinity since it was our Lord’s commission to His disciples and to His church.
The phrase in the name of means both to call on the character and power of the one named and it means to become the “possession of” the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is a public acceptance of Jesus Christ
Baptism is a pronouncement of belief. It is like preaching a visual sermon. It is a public way of saying to everyone that you have decided to give your life to Jesus Christ.
“Many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized.” Acts 18:8
It is a point of departure from your past and an entrance into an altogether new life
For those who had accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, their baptism was a vivid reminder that they had departed from a former way of life and had begun a new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Baptism was a tangible reminder of a point in time when this transition happened.
“We were therefore buried with him (Christ) through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may have new life.” Romans 6:4
It is the means of bringing us into union with Christ and His body, the church
In Romans 6 we are told that we are “baptized into Christ” (v. 3) and “united with him” (v. 5). First Corinthians 12:13 says that when we were baptized we were baptized into the body of Christ, the church.
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We are not interested in making it more important than Scripture does. On the other hand, we are not willing to make it any less important, either. We believe that the answers provided in this study reflect what the Bible clearly teaches in regard to this ordinance.
Apart from the cross it has no significance. If you are trusting the water to save you, you have missed the message of grace. Beware of dogmatism. No one on this side of heaven can fully understand the majesty of baptism. Watch out for the one who claims to have a corner on the issue.
It is a precious symbol of God’s grace. It is a beautiful illustration of our union with Christ. It is a willing plunge into the power and promise of Christ. In baptism God signs and seals our conversion to Him. This is no optional command of Christ.
This is no trivial issue. Baptism is a holy event and therefore is not to be taken lightly. The ritual of washing (Acts 22:16) signifies our admission that apart from Christ we are dirty, but in Christ we are pure. The ritual of burial (Romans 6:1-5) signifies that we are willing to die to sin and self and that we can be made alive again because of Him. Christ’s death becomes my death. Christ’s resurrection becomes my resurrection.
For all we may not understand about baptism, we can be sure of this:
Baptism is a holy moment commanded by Jesus to be obeyed by all who place their faith in Him.
Remember the words of Christ at His own baptism: “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Matthew 3:15
Much of the content of this study has been adapted from material originating from other sources. However, because so much of this material has been widely and freely shared over the years by many churches, it is virtually impossible to know all its authors.
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