Why is anything God says important?
How can we believe and desire to live only a mere part of scripture? It is almost as if some of us pick and choose which scriptures we want to believe and follow through.
Did we forget that every book, verse, and word in The Holy Bible is crucial to a holy life, an eternal life, and a life with Jesus Christ himself? Or did we just start ignoring that voice of truth in our minds reminding us of the discipline we sometimes hate to hear?
In that case, baptism is just another important aspect that we need to follow.
I understand it is not easy for everyone to make that choice for themselves when the devil is in your ear telling you that you are unworthy, which is why I want to remind you of how worthy you are before I inform you of the importance of baptism.
We are told over and over how Jesus is our savior, but what does that actually mean? It means that God himself saw the suffering that we as people on earth face every day. He poured out his mighty spirit unto a virgin and gave her a child born into this sinful world just as we are and sent him out to remind us of the word and promises from OUR father.
In case that just seems completely normal to you, think about it– would you send your only Son into the world to be tortured, beaten, falsely accused, and hung on a cross?
Despite all the wrong things done to Jesus, he still asked his father, our father to forgive us (Luke 23:34). Has anything changed since that day? Well of course much has changed, but have the promises of God changed? God forbid it. Despite Jesus dying on the cross and being buried, he still rose again with the same love if not more in his heart for us.
You might be thinking by now this is a long read, yet nothing to do with baptism, but I promise I am heading somewhere.
When he rose again what is it that Jesus himself told his disciples (Luke 24:47)? And in return what was it that he gave them? The promises of God in return for our repantance (Luke 24:49).
Now if Jesus can die, rise again, and still give us the promises of God, then we should be able to give ourselves to him.
Baptism is a beautiful choice.
It is the choice of surrender, a devotion that you yourself have chosen to give over to Jesus.
You are accepting all he has to offer and asking for forgiveness for all you have done.
Well if The Bible says I’m saved if I just confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9) then why is it important to be baptized?
How can you confess if you don’t believe? How can you believe without receiving, and how can you receive without making a choice to receive him? (Mark 16:16)
The bottom line is when you choose to receive Jesus in your heart he gives you something POWERFUL.
He gives you his spirit.
He gives you gifts, promises, salvation, and an eternal life.
I don’t know about you, but I most certainly want to live forever with a loving God, a loving father, and a forgiving father.
You are more than your past choices and are remade into a new person when you wash yourself clean in the water.
By HIS name you are made new.
IN JESUS NAME, you are made new.
You are forgiven, you are strengthened, you are restored, and you are given a miraculous gift.
The gift of The Holy Spirit, the same spirit that is within Jesus Christ himself.
I cannot comprehend all the things people go through, but I know someone who does understand. He understands your suffering, your hurt, your loss, your Temptation.
Devoting your life to Jesus, starting with asking for forgiveness is one of the best choices you will make and have ever made.
Put on your clothing of Christ (Galatians 3:26-27) and let him do the rest.
Someone has brought to my attention that the term baptism is referred to in a couple different ways in the Bible and I would like to clarify which I am talking about.
Immersion. The dunking under water in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission or forgiveness of your sins, so that you may receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which comes from being water baptized in general. First the repentance than HIS spirit will flood you.
I do not mean this boastfully, but I have been baptized four times, and yet each time has meant something different for me. Yes one time is all it takes and I know that, but coming out of the water knowing my decision I made is such an overwhelming rush. From warm soothing water to freezing cold water I have buried my sins away. I wish I could put into vivid detail how it feels coming out of the water after knowing you just made a life changing experience for yourself, but I think it is one you have to experience on your own(;
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. Luke 23:34 NIV
“And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” Luke 24:47 KJV
“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” Luke 24:49 NIV
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 NIV
“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Mark 16:16 NIV
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” Galatians 3:26-27 NIV
“Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you WILL receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”” Acts 2:38-39 NIV
““I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
“As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.”
““As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”
And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.”
Acts 8:36, 38-39 NIV
“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
“And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.”
Acts 22:16 NIV
Glory to God