The Truth About Water Baptism in Jesus' Name
The purpose of this study is to provide some biblical answers to common questions that arise regarding the gospel of Jesus Christ as it pertains to baptism.
There is a common belief today that baptism is just a ritual or custom that has no part in the plan of salvation.
Many have the perception that a person gets saved, and then at some later, convenient time they are baptized as a "testimony" to the church. However, this is not what the Bible teaches about baptism.
Why is this topic important?
It is the method by which we receive remission of sins.
Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
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.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Jesus gave his disciples only two tasks. He told them to teach others about the gospel and to baptize others.
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Of course, if God commands his disciples to baptize, and baptism is for the remission of sins, then what is the devil going to fight against? It is the same today as it was in the garden. The devil is still trying to negate the commandments of God.
Genesis 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.