And now, what are you waiting for?
Get up, be baptized, and wash your sins away.
calling on His name. - Acts 22:16
Βαπτίζω - (bap-tid'-zo)
The word "Baptism" is a transliteration of the Greek word BAPTIZO which means to immerse (submerge). In Hebrew it is referred to as a MIKVEH - an immersion. Basically it is an immersion into another substance, for the purpose of being saturated by it, such as water in this instance. The new covenant also presents the immersion of a believer "in the Spirit of God" and also "with Fire". Matthew 3:11
1. What is baptism all about?
First of all its not a religious act….its an outward physical affirmation of our internal spiritual decision to follow Jesus.
Baptism is for the believer… It's the next step after salvation
You see while salvation is something private between you and the Lord, baptism is something done very publicly
Your acceptance of Christ as your savior brought about a repentance of your sin…a redirection of your life…and you're declaring to the world I'm made new, born again, I leave the old person in the water and now live a new life with Christ.
Romans 6:4 - For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
Colossians 2:12 – (NLT) For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.
Whatever day you choose to be baptized, it will be a significant date for you. It’s the day you will publicly declare that you are done with that old life, and are ready to live as a new creature in Christ. Redeemed, and willing to allow the Holy Spirit to continue to grow you into a life fulfilled:
Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
18 “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
Romans 1:16 (NIV)
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes
2. Why do we get baptized?
Jesus actually commands us to do so
Matthew 28:18-20 The Great Commission
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
We are commissioned to do 3 things:
Baptize in the Name
Teach the Word
John 3:5 – Jesus answered, “very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and Spirit”
Mark 16:16 – Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned
The great Reveal
When you choose to be baptized you in essence make a decision to reveal Jesus to the world.
John 1:31 ~ John the Baptist Testifies About Jesus
I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”
There are many ways that we can reveal Jesus to those around us but there’s one way that is in my mind at the top of the list….making different choices!
He set the Example
Jesus exemplified the life we should live as Christians, He set the pattern
Matthew 3:13-17 (NIV)
The Baptism of Jesus
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
With the establishment of the new covenant, because of the death of Jesus on the cross, baptism is now about more than the forgiveness of sins—it is a covenant to live the life of a disciple before God.
3. When do we get baptized?
Acts 2:38 (NIV) (Peter preaches to about 3,000 at Pentecost)
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 8:34-36 (Ethiopian Eunuch treasurer to the Queen of Ethiopia)
34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. 36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”
Acts 22:16 (Paul after his Damascus road experience)
And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’