Things That Be of God: Water Baptism

Water Baptism is demonstration of our devotion to Christ. It is a statement to the world you have accepted what Jesus did at Calvary and are a disciple of Him.

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Most Christian congregants participate in at least two God-ordained sacraments that celebrate what God has done for us in the redemptive provision: communion and baptism. Unlike communion, baptism is a one-time declaration of a lifelong devotion to God. The ordinances are holy and sacred occasions “on earth as it is in Heaven.”

Water Baptism does not make you more saved. There is no magic water. It does not guarantee salvation. It is a public display of proclaiming to heaven and earth that he is a follower of Christ. Baptism is the initial and immediate step of obedience by one who has declared his faith to others. So important was this step that, as far as we know, every single convert in the New Testament was baptized. With the exception of the thief on the cross, there is no example of an unbaptized believer.

Peter 3:21

And that water is like the baptism which now saves you-not the washing of dirt from the body, but the promise made to God from a good conscience. And this is because Jesus Christ was raised from the dead.

Matthew 28:19

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

It is not the act that saves us. It is the act that symbolizes how we are saved. The invisible work of the Holy Spirit is visibly dramatized in the water. Remove you shoes, bow your head, and bed you knees: this is a holy event. The event is a willing plunge of the body and soul into the promise and power of Christ. The ritual of washing signifies our admission that apart from Christ we are dirty, but in Christ we are pure. The ritual of burial signifies that we are willing to die to sin and self and that we can be made alive again because of Him.

Pub 8/21/22