What Is The Significance Of Baptism?

June 27, 2012

   What is the Significance of Baptism?

Many times what is called “baptism” doesn’t agree at all with what the Bible says about it.  After I became a Christian I decided I should join a church.  The first church I considered was going to sprinkle some water on me and call it baptism.  I decided I should study to see what the Bible says about baptism.  To my surprise, I learned that the word means to immerse.  For that reason, I joined a Baptist church.

From Acts 2:41 we learn that those who were baptized were those who, first of all, “gladly received his word.”  That indicates that baptism is not for infants that cannot make a personal decision.  Acts 8:36-37 indicates that baptism is for believers.  When the Ethiopian asked Philip “What doth hinder me to be baptized?”, Philip answered, “If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest.”

Some give the wrong significance to baptism based on the wrong interpretation of Acts 2:38  “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” The little word “for” in the phrase “for the remission of sins” can be grammatically translated “because  of.”  This translation is more in agreement with what the Bible teaches about baptism.

The New Testament was written in Greek.  Therefore we need to go to the Greek dictionary to see what the word “baptism” meant to them. It is abundantly clear that it meant immersion.  To baptize by any other means doesn’t agree with the meaning of the word.  The Greeks had other words for sprinkle and pour.

Romans 6:3-5 gives us a clear understanding of the significance and purpose for baptism.  “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?   Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:”  Being submerged in water is a vivid and public testimony to our identification with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection.  We aren’t saved by baptism.  Our baptism is a public testimony to the fact that we have been saved and that we are “in Christ.”

 

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