Water Baptism (Quick Glance)

WHO

  • Those who have repented and placed their faith in Jesus Christ. (Acts 10:47, 48; Acts 8:35-38; Acts 2:38-41)     

WHAT

  • Water baptism. (Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:26)  
  • A foundational and elementary principle of Christ. (Hebrews 6:1, 2)
  • Baptism is not what causes salvation, since without faith in Christ there is no salvation, but baptism is emphasized as something which those receiving salvation should be led to do.  (Compare Mark 16:16 with John 3:36)

WHERE / HOW

  • Immersion on water.  (Matthew 3:16; Acts 8:38, 39; Romans 6:3)
  • The Greek word for baptism “baptizo” comes from “bapto” [βάπτω], which means, “to dip, sink or immerse”.  

WHEN

  • Soon after they have placed their faith in Jesus.  (Acts 9:18; Acts 22:16)

WHY

  • The Lord told His disciples to make other disciples, to baptize them, and to teach them to do the same.  (Matthew 28:19)
  • It’s an outward expression of the salvation which we have in Christ and the resurrection which takes place within our spirit (and the physical resurrection which we will one day experience at Christ’s return).  (1 Peter 3:21; Romans 6:3-6; Colossians 2:12)
  • An outward expression replacing physical circumcision for the people of God (see Appendix: Water Baptism & Circumcision)for more details).

By Gabe Hall

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