Pastor’s Corner: The purpose of baptism

In the Bible, there are several requirements of humanity to be in right standing with God. It all starts with Faith, or a belief in, and an application of the Word of God to your life. (Hebrews 11:6)

By Pastor Seth Springer

Next, it requires something called repentance. Repentance is simply a changing of one’s mindset and lifestyle to conform to the Word of God. It is turning from following your own will to following the complete will of God. It is a necessary step in the plan of salvation. (Matthew 4:17)

Also, one of the things we must have is the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of God in our lives. The Apostle Paul states in Romans 8:9, “Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” That is a powerful statement.

Another one of the commands in scripture, to be right with God, is to be baptized! Jesus said in Mark 16:16 (ESV),

“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”

Jesus requires baptism as an essential part of the plan of salvation. Since He did, I believe we must as well!

Baptism, in scripture, was always done by complete immersion in water, with the name of Jesus called over the person. The word baptism means to completely plunge , dunk, or submerge. Romans 6 states that “we are buried with Him in baptism.”

One of the essential parts of baptism is having the name of Jesus called over your life. There is no other name that brings salvation. (Acts 4:12) Throughout the book of Acts, you will find multiple accounts of people being baptized in the name of Jesus. (Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:47). You will even find an instance where a group of people who were not originally baptized in the name of Jesus were re-baptized in the name of Jesus. (Acts 19)

The amazing thing about baptism in Jesus name is that it is not just an action you take, but it is an interaction between God and humanity, the point where all your sins are forgiven and washed away! (Acts 2:38, 22:16).

In 1 Corinthians 6, the Apostle Paul gives a list of sins that will keep an individual from entering into Heaven, but in verse 11 the Apostle gives us the way out. We can be made right in the sight of God by being washed in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of God.

My hope for you today, reader, is that if you have not been baptized in Jesus’ name you will examine the scriptures and apply The Word to your life.

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