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Baptism: Your Next Step After Salvation

(Mat 28:19)  "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:"

Now that you have received Jesus Christ as personal Savior you have an opportunity to show your obedience, love and joy for Him saving you.

God has given us that command whereby we may show that obedience, love and joy for Him saving us by His grace . . .  "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: {9}Not of works, lest any man should boast. {10}For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."(Eph 2:8-10) and that is to follow Christ in scriptural baptism.

Baptism is the first step of obedience for the new Christian. It is a way for the new believer to show forth their love for Christ and Him saving them. Love is meaningless unless it is put into action . . . "If ye love me, keep my commandments."(John 14:15).

Baptism allows the new believer to experience the joy of obeying the Lord and putting that love into action. This is evident in the story we find in . . . "Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. {36}And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? {37}And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. {38}And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. {39}And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing."(Acts 8:35-39).

Notice how the Bible says that this new believer, the eunuch, went on his way rejoicing after he was scripturally baptized. Likewise, when we are obedient in Baptism it brings great joy to our lives.

Baptism is only recognized one way in the Bible . . .  "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: {17}And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."(Mat 3:16-17) . . .  as it is with salvation . . . "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."(Acts 4:12).

In the Bible no one was every baptized except by IMMERSION of the body under water. The very word "baptism" literally means to dip, to plunge, to submerge or to immerse. Nowhere in the Bible is sprinkling of babies or adults every taught.
Jesus was baptized by immersion in the River of Jordan . . ."And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: {17}And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."(Mat 3:16-17)

The Bible declares that baptism shows our death, burial and resurrection with Christ. Baptism pictures the dying of the old man before being saved, burial of that old life of sin and disobedience to God and a resurrection of a new life in Christ to walk in the newness of the Christian Life by the power of the Holy Spirit.

This is what Paul is saying . . ."Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? {4}Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. {5}For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:" (Rom 6:3-5)

Now that you know what the Word of God says about the importance of baptism after a person is saved, will you, if you have never made that commitment to follow Christ in Baptism, present yourself a believer in Jesus Christ as a candidate next Sunday and experience the obedience, love and joy Christ will give you?

From my personal experience, I have never known one believer to grow in Christ or to be blessed of God with proper understanding of the Word of God who did not obey God in believer's baptism by immersion.

Make your commitment and grow in Christ as a victorious believer.

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