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Why should someone be baptized?

The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest

Why Should Someone Be Baptized?

Years ago, an 11-year-old boy from the Plunketville Community, near the Panther Creek Church in Oklahoma where my dad preached, came up to my dad at the end of a great Vacation Bible School and asked if he could be baptized. My dad asked him why he wanted to be baptized and he responded, “If Jesus was baptized, I figure I should be baptized too.” My dad replied, “I can’t think of a better reason.” The following Sunday, that young man was baptized into Christ.

1 Peter 3:19-22 compares the waters of baptism to the waters of the flood. Peter says that Noah and his family were saved through the water. He points out that there is a similar way in which baptism also saves us. He goes on to say it’s not because our skin gets washed, but because of the clean conscience that comes through this surrender. Peter says that baptism saves us through the resurrection of Jesus.

In Romans 6 Paul compares baptism to the death burial and resurrection of Christ. He says that we join in his experience in a spiritual sense through this experience.

Near the conclusion of Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost, the people were filled with guilty emotions because they realized they had crucified the Messiah, the anointed one God had promised for thousands of years. When they asked what to do about it. Peter commanded them to Repent (or turn around) and be baptized in the name, or authority of Jesus, for (or into) the remission (forgiveness) of their sins and they would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The Bible teaches us that we are saved by grace through faith. Noah and his family were saved the same way. However, their faith required action on their part. When God told Noah to build an ark, he did so because his faith in God was solid. He and his family entered the ark because God’s grace allowed it. So, here is a question, “If Noah’s faith in God’s grace had not been sufficient to build and enter the ark, would it have been real, living faith. Hebrews 11:7 tells us that it was Noah’s faith that caused him to obey God.

On the day of Pentecost over 3000 people received Peter’s message by faith and were baptized. Baptism is NOT a “work unto salvation.” In fact, it is not a work at all. It is a passive submission to the command of God to “be baptized.” It is an action performed upon the believer.

Can you be saved without baptism? Only God can answer that question.

If Jesus was Baptized and if Peter commanded it, and if Paul endorsed it why would you not want to do it.

Why would you risk eternal life, forgiveness of sins and life in the Holy Spirit on a what if? WWJD, What Would Jesus Do about baptism? We already know what he did about it. He wants to save you through water just like he saved Noah.

Sunday we will share the third part of our sermon series titled “When the World is Almost Sunk” with a message titled “Saved Through the Water” based on Genesis 7:6 – 8:19 and 1 Peter 3:19-22. I hope you will come and experience the joyous Word of God imparted to your heart.

Saved with you through the washing of the water through the Word,


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