Baptism is an enigma to many who say, “It is not necessary for salvation!”
- Jesus was baptized by John to fulfill all righteousness.
- Jesus commanded us to be baptized: “Go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” Matthew 28:19
- Baptism accompanies salvation [household of Cornelius, Ethiopian eunuch, Philippian jailer and family].
- Baptism saves you, and is an appeal to God for a good conscience. “20 Who were disobedient, when the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, wherein eight souls were saved by water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, also now saves 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: 1 Peter 3:20-21″ Don’t you want to be saved and appeal to Him for a good conscience?
- Baptism is recognition of the old man’s death and the rising life of the new man [Romans 6:3-7] .Don’t you want to recognize your old man’s death and your new man’s life?
If He means anything to you, you’ll do what He personally obeyed and commanded.
However, if you ignore Christ’s example and command, an essential part of the relationship with Him is impossible.
“For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Gal 3:27
Your baptism is a recognition of having been put into and putting on Christ. You need Him with you and in you to live.
Be baptized because of what it means to Him.