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What is water baptism? The word baptism/baptizo in Greek means fully wet and wash. It means to immerse in water. Baptism is not the sprinkling of water on the foreheads of babies. Baptism is a Cleansing Baptism is a spiritual bath where you are cleansed from sins. You don’t tak e soap and shampoo to your baptism. Why not? Because your sins are washed away and not bodily filth. ‘And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptised, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’ (Act 22:16) ‘...He saved us, through the washing of regeneration.’ (rebirth, renovation, restoration) Titus 3:5
BAPTISM IS DEATH OF THE OLD LIFE
Baptism illustrates death of the old life. It is the place where we publicly demonstrate our faith in Jesus, and that we believe in His cross. We get baptized into Him, the great Deliverer, how awesome! Baptism is a cut-off point. The line of division is drawn between old life and new life, between past and future, between death and life, between bondage of sin and freedom. The water is like a grave. When I go down in it, it is as if I go down into the grave with Christ. I die to the old life, to self and all that I am and want. I desire Christ now, more than anything. I want Him to live in me. I accept His death as my death. I declare myself to be dead to sin, dead to self and all its selfishness. In that bath of baptism I fully unite with Christ. I become one with Him. ‘... all we who were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into His death.’ (Rom 6:3) Baptism is resurrection into a new life
As I come out of the water, it is as Christ coming out of His grave. I am washed now, and rise up in a new life with Jesus. Rom 6:4 Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father; even so we also should walk in newness of life. Repentance and Baptism go hand in hand
‘I indeed baptised you with water unto repentance.’ (Matt. 3:11)
Baptism brings deliverance
‘And baptism, which is a figure of their deliverance, does now also save you from inward questionings and fears, not by removing outward bodily filth (bathing), but by providing you with the answer of a good and clear conscience (inward cleanness and peace) before God (because you are demonstrating what you believe to be yours) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.’ (1 Pet. 3:21)
Baptism is circumcision made without hands (Col. 2:11-13) Circumcision means cutting off flesh. Baptism cuts the heart; it rids the heart of what is fleshly and sinful. It produces an inward change of heart. The heart reproduces now after the spirit and not after the flesh. Baptism joins you to the circle of believers For by one Spirit are we all baptised into one body. 1 Cor. 12:13 Baptised into Jesus We get baptised into Jesus, Who is the fountain of living Waters. Jer. 17:13... the LORD, The fountain of living waters. We are baptized into all that He is.
When the Israelites went through the Red Sea, they were baptized. They were baptized into Moses. Who was Moses to them? He was their deliverer. He was the one who took them out of misery, slavery and bondage. In like manner we are baptized into Jesus the Deliverer who takes us out of bondage. Who qualifies for baptism? Those who: ... believe in Jesus. But when they believed Philip preaching good tidings concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptised... (Acts 8:12) ...repent from sin. ... call upon His name. And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptised, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord. (Act 22:16) ...confess their sins. And were baptised of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. (Matt. 3:6) ...desire their sins to be washed away. ...heard and received the word of God. ...desire deliverance from their unseen enemies. ... want to embrace a new life. …want to be part of the circle of believers, the family of God. ...are born into the Kingdom of God.