Those who accepted his message were baptized.
Water baptism is an outward expression of what God has done and is doing inside us. When we go into the water we are saying, “The old me died with Jesus.” Under the water (for a second) we are saying, “My sins are washed away, buried with Jesus.” Coming out of the water we are saying, “I am a new person, born again into new life with Jesus” and “I want everyone to know that Jesus is alive in me and I in Him.”
“Don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We 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.” Romans 6:3-14
What is baptism?
Baptism is immersion in water signifying identification with Jesus Christ in His death, burial and resurrection and also with the cleansing and purification of sin, which Jesus accomplished for us on the Cross.
Why do we get baptized?
God’s word commands that we are to be baptized in water. It is good for us to do, it is linked with our salvation, Jesus did it. The early church practiced it, it has great spiritual significance and is not just a symbol, but a genuine work of the Holy Spirit within our spirits.
Where do we get baptized?
There is no spiritual significance to where a person is baptized. Any body of water deep enough to immerse someone is an appropriate place to declare your faith!
When do we get baptized?
Baptism is linked with salvation as an act of faith. It is not a prerequisite for salvation of baptism in the Holy Spirit, but should be done as soon as desired after salvation.
Who can get baptized?
Baptism is for every believer without exception, and any believer can baptize another.
How do we get baptized?
A believer is taken to any body of water and completely immersed. This is both because of Biblical examples and because of the spiritual significance of the act.
- Going into the water – identification with Jesus’ death.
- Being immersed – being cleansed of all sin.
- Coming out of the water – identification with Jesus’ resurrection; being brought into new life in Christ.