Baptism is an identification event. Going under the water symbolizes the death of Christ. Coming up out of the water represents the resurrection of Christ. When we go under the water, it’s symbolic of the fact that we have died to ourselves and self-centered living. When we come back out of the water we are symbolizing our new life in Christ!
Romans 6:4, “For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.”
Absolutely not! Baptism does not save us or get us into Heaven. Only Jesus’ death and resurrection cleanses sin. When we make a decision to follow Him, it’s that relationship that gets us to heaven. Baptism is a celebration and testimony of our acceptance of that fact.
I Peter 1:18-19, “For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.”
Jesus is our example in every area of life, including baptism. Jesus had to walk about 27 miles just to be baptized in the Jordan River. To set an example for us. Jesus was baptized – by immersion – to publicly identify with God’s kingdom and humanity.
Matthew 3:15, “But Jesus said, ‘It must be done, because we must do everything that is right.’ So then John baptized Him.”
“Baptism” comes from the Greek word baptizo, which means “to immerse.” Like Jesus, we should be baptized by immersion. That means going into the water, being immersed under the water, and coming back out of the water. It’s that simple!
Matthew 3:16, 17, “After His baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on Him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with Him.’”
We believe baptism is reserved for those who are old enough to make their own faith decision to become a Christ-follower, and it always comes after one’s faith decision. Being biblically baptized, like Jesus was, in many ways confirms the reality of your own faith in Jesus Christ!
Acts 18:8, “Many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized.”