Why Get Baptized?
Baptism serves as an external indication of an internal transformation that has already occurred within oneself. It's not a prerequisite to follow Jesus, and if one has embraced Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, they will be united with Him eternally, even without undergoing baptism. Ephesians 2:8-9 reinforces the notion that salvation is not attained through any form of good works, including baptism, but solely by God's grace through faith in Jesus. Read: Col 2:12 Eph 2:8-9 Rom 6:6-8
The essence of baptism lies in publicly professing your faith. If you've dedicated your life to following Jesus, it's a crucial step to make your commitment known.
Who Should Get Baptized?
For those who follow Christ, there are two compelling reasons to consider baptism:
1. Jesus Himself was baptized and encouraged us to do the same. In Matthew 3:13-17, Jesus was baptized before commencing His earthly ministry, setting an example for us. Additionally, in Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus instructed His followers to spread His message and continue the practice of baptism.
2. Choosing to follow Jesus is a profound decision; getting baptized is a way to declare this commitment openly. Embracing Christ as your Savior is transformative; sharing this newfound hope and faith with others becomes vital. While faith is personal, baptism serves as a public declaration.
In essence, baptism symbolizes going public with your faith in Jesus, following His example, and openly sharing the life-changing decision to follow Him with the world. Read: Matt 3:13-17 Matt 28: 18-20
What Can I Expect?
During baptism, we reflect on Jesus's sacrifice. Submerging into the water represents His death on the cross and the forgiveness of our sins. As we rise from the water, it echoes Jesus's resurrection after three days. According to 2 Corinthians 5:17, being in Christ transforms us into new beings. Baptism signifies leaving behind the old and embracing the new.
Remember: Baptism's significance isn't about salvation; it's about proclaiming the internal change to the world. It's a public declaration of an already transpired transformation.
If you've chosen to take this step, inviting your friends and family to rejoice during your baptism is a beautiful way to celebrate this decision!