Jesus told His disciples to `make disciples and baptise them in the name of the Father,Son and Holy Spirit.Matt.28:16-20 Mk.16:16. The disciples followed His instructions. Acts 2:37-47 ; 10:44-48. After many heard the message and believed in Jesus Christ they were baptised in water. Acts 8;12-15,35-38 ; 10:47,48 ; 16:30-34 ; 19:4,5.
HAVE YOU BEEN BAPTISED SINCE YOU BELIEVED?
It is the answer of a good conscience towards God. 1Pet.3:21
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE `BAPTISED IN WATER`?
The word `baptizo` (Greek) means `to dip or to immerse`.It involves being submerged under water.The meaning excludes sprinkling. John baptised in Aenon near Salim because there was much water there. Jn3:23 Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and he baptised him. Acts 8:36-39.
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS BAPTISM?
Water baptism is an outward expression of a real inward experience.
It involves baptism into Jesus Christ….
Firstly His death and burial.
We identify as Christ died so we died.We died to sin,putting off and burying the old body of sin. Rom.6:3-11 ; Col. 2:11-12.Now we are no longer slaves to sin but reckon ourselves dead to sin.Sin has no more rule over us – we have been freed.
The Law rules over a man while he lives but we have died.Now we are dead to the Law and are delivered from the Law.God has forgiven us for breaking the Law and has wiped out the writing requirements that was against us. Satan who accuses us can`t.He is disarmed.We are forgiven. Rom.7:1-6 ; Col. 2:12-15.
Secondly His resurrection.
Just as Christ was raised from the dead we too have been raised to walk in a new life. We are alive to God. Gods life His Spirit lives in us. Having His nature we serve God and present ourselves to living right.The Holy Spirit produces the fruit of a God like life in us. Rom.6:4,5,10-13,17-22 ; 7:4-6 ; 8:11 ; Col. 2:12 ; Gal.5:22-25 ; 2Peter 1:3,4.