This is one of several parts to biblically explain the reason why as believers we are to be baptized. Please take time to read all the post which will be coming out the next several days. If you have any questions, Let’s Connect.
We go through many ceremonies in life and attend many ceremonies of other’s. Let me name one, graduation. Graduation is a public ceremony to your family and friends you have ended one season of your life and now you’re going into another be it college, career, or professional world.
Another ceremony is marriage. A marriage ceremony is a public ceremony of one ending a season of a life of being single and walking into another season of life. A marriage ceremony tells everyone you belong to somebody else.
Can you imagine graduating with no ceremony? Can you imagine getting married and not even having a ceremony even in our courthouse? Ceremonies are something meaningful and powerful. There’s something which happens and everyone can feel it. Yet, nothing really happens except a ceremony which signifies it. It is powerful because it signifies the end of one thing and the beginning of another.
When you are baptized, it’s signifying the end of a life of your own. It is the end of a life without Christ and the beginning of life with and in Christ. It signifies the end of a life without God and now you’re coming into a new life – the abundant life. Now you’re being raised to life. Life has come in you through salvation and your baptism is a outward proclamation of your inward conversion.
When you’re baptized, you are also baptized into Christ’s death. Paul said to the Romans,
“Or don’t you know that all of us who are baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were, therefore, buried with Him through baptism and to death.” Romans 6:3
When John the Baptist was baptized, he was baptized into repentance, but Jesus, when He was baptized, was baptized into His own death. The reason why one goes down underwater and is brought back up out of water is it signifies the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. It is outwardly showing you are identifying with Christ, being clothed with Christ, and like Christ; you have died and are being raised to life.
Paul said this to the Romans,
“For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.” Romans 6:6
A humorous but true story about immersion by water is the baptism of Sam Houston, the late great Texas Ranger whom the city of Houston, Texas is named, who got baptized in a river. A crowd was gathered and someone yelled, “Sam, your sins are washed away!” Houston replied, “God, help the fish!” When you are baptized, our old self is buried. Coming up out of water is your new resurrected life in Christ.
We should no longer be slaves to sin, but anyone who has Jesus Christ in their life has died and is free from sin. Does that mean you’re going to never sin again? No, but you are free from the punishment of sin, the guiltiness of sin and the condemnation of sin. Jesus Christ is Lord of your life and you’re clothed with Christ and you’re free from sin. Sin can no longer bound you and no longer are you a slave to sin. He has come to set us free and we are free indeed in Christ.
To be continued . . .