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identifies with the death, burial, and resurrection of
Jesus Christ. In The Holy Bible, there are clear examples that new Christian
converts were water baptized
immediately after repenting of their sins
and believing upon Jesus, receiving Salvation through Christ, which paid the
penalty for their sins. Water baptism is an outward display of a person's choice
to follow after, and identify with Jesus Christ, burying their old sin death
nature, and being resurrected to having a new life in Jesus Christ.
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old
things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new.
Corinthians 5:17. Many Christian churches today teach Salvation through Christ,
but do not emphasize the importance of water baptism. Jesus Himself instituted
water baptism. "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is
given unto me
in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded
...I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.
" Matthew 28:18-20. "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be
baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,
and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
" Acts 2:38. For more about
baptism, see my writings Baptism
and Baptism With The Holy Spirit
If you have not accepted Christ, see Good News
. "For as many of you as
have been baptized
into Christ have put on Christ.
3:27. "But put ye on
the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for
the flesh, to fulfil
the lusts thereof
." Romans 13:14. "Know ye
not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into
? 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.
For if we
have been planted together in the likeness of his death
, we shall be also
in the likeness of his resurrection
: Knowing this, that our
old man is crucified with him
, that the body of sin might be destroyed,
that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from
Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live
Knowing that Christ being raised
from the dead dieth no
more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto
sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also
yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body,
that ye should
obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield
ye your members as
instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God,
as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments
of righteousness unto God.
" Romans 6:3-13. "And he said unto them, Go ye
into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth
and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." Mark
16:15-16. "...what must I do to be saved?
And they said, Believe on
the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved,
and thy house. And they
spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their
was baptized, he and all his,
straightway. And when he had brought them into
his house, he set meat before them,
and rejoiced, believing in God
with all his house.
" Acts 16:30-34. "Then Philip opened his mouth,
and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
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? 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.
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.
" Acts 8:35-38. Water baptism
confirms that you believe upon Jesus. It is an outward declaration that you
belong to Christ,
and are identifying with His death, burial, and
and no longer desire to live in the old, sinful nature, but
desire new life.
"I am crucified with Christ:
nevertheless I live;
yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the
flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
" Galatians 2:20.
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