WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?
A while back a fellow asked me, "Why do you guys make such a big deal out of baptism?"
What Does The Bible Say?
Romans 6:1-7 says... "What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the sinful body might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For he who has died is freed from sin."
Acts 22:16 says... "And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on his name."
I Peter 3:21 says... "Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a clear conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ."
These are only three of the passages that deal with baptism. You might want to read all of them. A concordance will help. But from these passages we learn:
1. Baptism puts us into Christ.
2. Baptism puts us into his death.
3. In baptism we are raised to walk in newness of life.
4. Baptism is where we are freed from sin.
5. Baptism washes away sin.
6. Baptism saves you.
God only has to say something once for it to be true. But we should pay close attention when he says something over and over.