By Karen Polich
What does God’s Word say about scriptural baptism?
Matthew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
“Baptism is the outward sign of an inward act of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.” – Michael M. Cook
Baptism communicates an act of obedience, demonstrating the first fruit of salvation. Obedience is part of who we are as followers of Christ. When it comes to baptism, what any denomination says is irrelevant, what matters is the Word. The Bible uses the Greek word, “baptizo”, which means to submerge, place under, immerse. Authentic scriptural baptism demonstrates the death and resurrection of Christ.
Baptism is the commanded symbol of our obedience; it is not salvation. Mark 16:15-16 tells us, He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. In Ephesians 2: 8a we read, For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith…
We are called to:
1. Faith in Jesus (heart change).
2. Baptism (obedience).
3. Discipleship (teach, apprentice, share the gospel).
Baptism is the beginning of an obedient heart that seeks to grow in Him. As a follower of Christ, what hinders you from being scripturally baptized?
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