WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BAPTISM?
Baptism is a
declaration. It is declaring publicly that your life has been changed by
Jesus. When you go public with your faith through baptism, you are
putting the gospel on display for all to see and hear. You are saying
Jesus is your Savior, your old life as a slave to sin is dead and buried
(as Christ was dead and buried), and now you are living the new life
that He has made possible. The Bible puts it pretty simply... It is
no longer you who live, but Christ living through you.
It is a symbol of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.
“Christ died for our sins ...He was buried ...He was raised on the third day.
(1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
It is a symbol of your new life as a Christian.
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone; the new has come!”
(2 Corinthians 5:17)
were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order
that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the
Father, we too may live a new life.
Baptism does not make you a believer; it shows that you already are one!
does not “save” you; only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is
like a wedding ring - it is the outward symbol of the commitment you
have made in your heart.
“For it is by grace you have been saved,
through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -
not by works, so that no one can boast.”