What kind of question is that you say? You would be surprised how many people actually believe it. The truth is we walk by faith, not by sight and salvation requires us to keep our faith to the very end of our lives. The Bible says many will fall away from the faith in the last days listening to doctrines of Demons. In my last blog I discussed how we are credited righteous by God when we believe from our hearts in Jesus Christ as the Son, but how important is baptism? I would venture to say so many people don’t understand baptism and many never even get baptized even though Jesus commanded it right before he went up into heaven after the resurrection. Let’s take a look….
In Colossians 2:11-15 it states:” 11In Him you were also circumcised in the putting off of your sinful nature, with the circumcision performed by Christ and not by human hands. 12And having been buried with Him in baptism, you were raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead.
13When you were dead in your trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our trespasses, 14having canceled the debt ascribed to us in the decrees that stood against us. He took it away, nailing it to the cross! 15And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. So here we see Jesus actually removes the body of our flesh by the spirit; in other words Baptism represents Removal, a putting off or laying aside of our sinful nature by FAITH when we are baptized. Thing is baptism is as much as an act of faith as believing in Jesus, the trouble is people aren’t taught that and come up out of the water just like they went in with absolutely no change in their lives and showing no fruit for the experience. You don’t get baptized to join a church or to follow a doctrine, you get baptized because Jesus said to do it. It involves believing because your baptized WITH Jesus you will be raised up WITH Jesus by faith. Can you make the resurrection then without baptism? You decide. The Bible says we are buried with Christ and rise with Christ. Immersion is the Greek form of the word baptized so I don’t think sprinkling counts. So you sprinkle dirt on a body? No you bury it. Stay with me here….
Romans 2:28 states “ 29But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God. Baptism is a circumcision from your old life as a a sinner cutting off your old lifestyles and living with a new heart and mind. “9Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.(Romans 5:9-10) see we are justified by His blood. Finally seeing the great significance of baptism in a Christians life we read Romans 6: 3-11, 14 “ 3Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7for he who has died is freed from sin.
8Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. 10For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
What’s the outcome? Verse 14 “For sin shall NOT be master over you, for you are not under law but under GRACE.” We will still sin at times but sin can no longer be master over us. We become freed from sin.
Have you been saved and never baptized? Why delay any longer find a church who will baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Or get someone to baptize you in their swimming pool or at a river or lakefront even a bathtub. If you’ve never been saved then repent and believe on the Lord Jesus and mean it with all your heart and confess Jesus as Lord…..an then get baptized…