Many people today are confused about the purpose of baptism. Some claim it has nothing to do with salvation (they claim it is only an outward sign of an inward grace). Other people think that all it does is save you. Of course baptism is the point at which we are saved, but it also accomplishes much more.
Baptism enables us to enter the Kingdom of God, John 3:3, 5
Baptism gives us the Holy Spirit as a gift, Acts 2:38
Baptism washes away our sins, Acts 22:16
Baptism allows us to live a new life, Romans 6:3-4
Baptism frees us from sin’s mastery, Romans 6:6, 12
Baptism is a source of unity among Christians, 1 Corinthians 12:13-14
Baptism adopts us into God’s family as brethren, Galatians 3:26-27
Baptism helps us to resemble Christ, Galatians 3:26-27
Baptism saves us, 1 Peter 3:21
Baptism leads us to remission of sins, Acts 2:38
Baptism supplies us with multiple blessings, all promised at the completion of this wonderful, meaningful, essential ceremony. Which one of these blessings do you think we can live without and still be successful spiritually?
Baptism is in many ways comparable to a wedding.
- Both are memorable, beautiful ceremonies that formalize the relationship.
- A pledge to remain faithful for life is implied in both.
- Those who are living together but did not get married, or those who were not baptized, are “living in sin.”
- You can put your finger on the moment when you went from single to married, or from sinner to Christian.
- Forever that moment will serve as inspiration for those who remember it.
Baptism is the deepest, most emotionally moving, event in a believer’s life. As powerful as hearing a national anthem played or a school fight song sung might be, seeing someone plunged into the blood of Jesus a sinner and rising to walk in “newness of life” (Romans 6:3-4) is still the most powerful event one can experience. Considering all these blessings, is there any reason why a person should not be baptized?