What is baptism?

Baptism-2011Have you ever thought about all the things that happen when a person is baptized?

Baptism is a killing. The “old man” of sin and shame is killed and buried with Jesus (Romans 6:4).

Baptism is a birthday. A person is “born again” not of flesh and blood, but of the Spirit of God to walk in a new kind of life (John 3:5-8, Romans 6:4).

Baptism is an imitation. A person who is baptized is doing what Jesus did (Matthew 3:13-17).

Baptism is a change. It a part of the process we call repentance which is a change in thinking and living (Acts 2:38).

Baptism is a bath. Ananias told Paul to quit waiting, “Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins” (Acts 22:16)

Baptism is gift. When a person is baptized, they receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, God’s personal presence and power in life (Acts 2:38).

Baptism is a celebration. When someone repents, the angels rejoice (Luke 15:7).

Baptism is clothing. Paul told the Galatians, “as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:27).

Baptism is a unification. Everyone who is baptized is baptized into the body of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13).

Baptism is the birth of a new Christian, the saving moment when a conscience is made clean (1 Peter 3:21).

If you never have been baptized into Jesus, you’re missing something incredible. Don’t put it off any longer.