Water Baptism Water baptism is an act of obedience, that follows conversion to portray symbolically the washing away of our sins. Water baptism calls for immersion, the Greek word “baptism” means to immerse or submerse and emerge.
Once we are “born again” the Lord instructs us to be baptized in water, as an act of obedience to symbolize what has happened to us spiritually.
The baptism itself does not cause salvation, instead salvation inspires the desire for water baptism. It should be the first desire of the person that is “born again.” Those who have received Jesus in their hearts, should desire to follow Him in this ordinance. Jesus went to John the Baptist, to receive His water baptism because He was going to take the sins of the world, at His death. These sins would be washed away by God, for those who put their trust in Him. “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water” (John 1:29-31).
Anyone who receives water baptism must realize what it means to receive it; therefore, infant baptism is not a means to salvation. One must repent and be saved to be baptized. Water baptism portrays the burial of the old man and his works of death and the raising out of the water into the new life in Christ. An infant cannot repent. However, parents can dedicate their babies to the Lord, as there are many accounts of this throughout the Bible. Hannah prayed a prayer when she dedicated her son Samuel to the Lord, “For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him: Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord” (1 Samuel 1:27-28).
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Romans 6:3-6 “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”
1 Corinthians 12:13 “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”
Galatians 3:27 “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”
1 Peter 3:21 “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:”