What is Baptism?
Upon hearing that Jesus Chris is Lord, the people were cut to the heart and asked the apostles what they must do? “Repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Water baptism symbolizes your new life in Jesus.
The word baptism comes from the Greek word baptize, which means, “to submerge.” Water baptism, therefore, means to fully submerge in water. When a person gets baptized, they are lowered beneath the water to show how they have died to the old way of life without Christ and are buried with Him in His death. They are then raised up out of the water to show how they are united with Jesus in His resurrection and now share His new life under His Lordship.
We are not saved because we are baptized; we are baptized because we are saved.
Baptism is an essential part of the new covenant by which a person makes a public profession of faith in Jesus.
All who repent and believe in Chris as Savior and Lord are to be baptized, as seen in the Scriptures (Acts 8:12, 8:36-38, 9:18, 10:48). It’s a declaration to the world that they have died with Christ and are also raised with Him to walk in newness of life. “We are 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. If we have been united with Him like this in His death, we will certainly also be united with Him in His resurrection” (Romans 6:4-5).
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward transformation.
Water baptism is not the removal of dirt from the body, but the pledge of a good conscience toward God, who saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. There is nothing special about the water, and being baptized does not save you… confession Jesus Christ as Lord is what saves you, and when we place Jesus as Lord we begin to do what He says.