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After committing your life to Jesus, the next step is to get baptized. But you have likely asked, “Why should I get baptized?”

Baptism Is… 

Baptism is going public with your faith. Your commitment to Jesus is personal, but it isn’t meant to be private. Baptism declares to the world how Jesus has changed your life. 

Here are a few reasons people have given as to why they chose to get baptized…

  • “I get to declare my love for Jesus Christ.”
  • “I’ve been wrestling with God in the desert for the longest time. I have finally come to realize that God is all that matters.”
  • “I am reborn in Christ and get to have a whole new life.”
  • “I want to continue to live by the Word of God. I want to outwardly show my inward salvation.”
  • “This is my next step in following Jesus Christ.”

Baptism can be misunderstood. Baptism isn’t what saves you, as Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

Rather, baptism is an opportunity to shout to the world and give a testimony of the One who saved you. 

Think about it like this: If you were recently married, the marriage and relationship you entered are top of mind, no matter what you do. You are excited to tell people about your spouse and the new commitment you made. Getting baptized is similar. Because your life has been changed by Jesus, you are excited, emotional, and can’t wait to share the good news. Baptism is a way to show the inward relationship to the outside world.

5 Reasons to Get Baptized

It Is a Public Profession of Your Faith

  • “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”—Acts 2:41

In scripture, those who receive the Gospel by faith were baptized. This verse in Acts 2 was a report of what happened at Pentecost. It was a moment when many publicly professed their belief in Jesus as the Messiah. In scripture, salvation and baptism went together.

Baptism is a powerful way to publicly declare your faith in Jesus. 

Jesus Commanded It

  • “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’”—Matthew 28:18-20

The Great Commission is to “go and make disciples of all the nations.” Jesus commanded His followers to go, make, baptize and teach. 

We shouldn’t take lightly the instructions Jesus gave us. These instructions—the Great Commission—were given so that others would understand the freedom available to them in Christ and more would be added to His family. 

Our acceptance of Jesus should provoke a response to declare our changed lives publicly and to be on mission to tell others about Him. 

It Reminds You of Your New Identity

  • “In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses…”—Colossians 2:11-13

Baptism is a reminder of your new identity in Jesus. It is an act that symbolizes who you are. You put off the sins of the flesh and bury them in baptism. Coming out of the water symbolizes you are spiritually alive and are forgiven. You are a new creation in Christ. 

It Reminds You to Turn Away from Sin

  • “There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ…”—1 Peter 3:21

Baptism is a reminder of how God wants you to have a repentant lifestyle. In other words, it is an act that reminds you to continually turn from sin and turn toward God. It symbolizes your commitment to pursue holiness and be used by God. 

Just as a wedding day reminds a husband and wife of their commitment to each other, and their vows remind them of their promises, baptism holds a similar reminder. It reminds you that you have been set apart and promise to be used by God for “every good work” (2 Timothy 2:20-22).

It Unites the Body of Christ

  • “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”—Galatians 3:26-29

Baptism unites the Body of Christ from across the world. It is an act that says, “We are all one in Jesus.” It expresses the union you, as well as other Christians, have with Christ. 

5 Biblical Truths About Baptism

  1. Baptism Symbolizes Christ’s Death, Burial, and Resurrection

“Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

Romans 6:3-4

Going under the water symbolizes Jesus’ death, and coming out of the water symbolizes His resurrection. Baptism is a remarkable picture of victory over death and how Jesus’ blood washes away your sin (1 John 1:9).

  1. Baptism Allows You to Follow Christ’s Example 

“When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’”

—Matthew 3:16-17

Jesus was baptized. Getting baptized follows His example. When Jesus was baptized, the Father said, “This is My beloved Son.” God was pointing out how Jesus was different. He was the Son of God. 

When you choose to accept Jesus’ work on the cross for your salvation, you become part of the family of God. You are seen as a beloved child. Baptism demonstrates you have been set apart and are called to live according to God’s purposes. 

Young girl fully baptized, smiling bright, with her pastor beside her.
  1. Baptism Shows a Relationship Between You and Others 

“For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body — whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free — and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.”

1 Corinthians 12:13

When you get baptized in front of others in the Church, you publicly profess your relationship with God. At the same time, you are asking your brothers and sisters in Christ to come alongside you, to teach you the Word of God, surround you with prayer and encouragement, hold you accountable, and give you opportunities to serve. You are also submitting to the authority of your church, which is to speak truth and grace to you (Ephesians 4:15).

  1. Biblical Baptism Is Done by Full Immersion

The word baptize means to immerse in water. The Greek word baptizo is literally translated “to dip or immerse, to plunge or sink into.” The Hebrew word tevilah also means to be immersed in water. This is why John the Baptist was also known as John the Immerser. 

Jesus, along with every person baptized in the New Testament, was baptized by full immersion (Matthew 3:16). 

  1. Infant Baptism Is Not Found in Scripture

Some churches practice “baptism of confirmation” for infants. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on behalf of the child. This is different from the baptism taught in the Bible, which was only for those old enough to sincerely believe. The purpose of baptism is to publicly confess a personal commitment to Jesus Christ.

The Takeaway

Baptism is going public with your faith. Your commitment to Jesus is personal, but it isn’t meant to be private. Baptism declares to the world how Jesus has changed your life.

Baptism isn’t what saves you, as Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

Rather, baptism is an opportunity to shout to the world and give a testimony of the One who saved you.

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