What is Baptism?
Baptism is an ordinance of the church - an outward sign of the deep spiritual reality of the Christian's new life in Jesus Christ. It is a symbolic act where Christians declare before others their faith in Christ. When we are immersed in the water it symbolizes our belonging to Christ in His death for our sins, as well as our death to our old sinful lives; when we come up out of the water it symbolizes our belonging to Christ in His victorious resurrection, as well as our new life in Him. The apostle Paul describes the believer's identification with Christ in baptism, saying,
"having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead"
(Colossians 2:12 ESV).
We are baptized in the Triune name of God- the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for our salvation comes by the Spirit's work in our hearts to unite us by faith with the Son for adoption as children of the Father. As Jesus said in the great commission,
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"
Who Should Be Baptized?
Everyone who has placed their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Baptism is for all beleivers. By our baptism, we declare our faith in Jesus publicily, and ceelbrate the newness o flife that we have in Him.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come"
(2 Corinthians 5:17).
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