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Why Be Baptized? (Various Scriptures)
Sermon Notes
Sunday, 13 January 2013 00:00

The Meaning:  The basic idea is that of identification. 


The Mode:  The root meaning of the word is “to dip.”

Illustration:  A cloth would be dipped into a bowl containing purple dye.  That white wool cloth would be dipped into the bowl of dye.  When it was brought up out of the bowl of dye, it now had a new identification as being purple instead of white.  The moment we believed in Jesus for eternal life, we became identified with Him (His death, burial, resurrection and ascension – Colossians 3:1-4). 

We are to be baptized to publicly express what has occurred in our life spiritually.

We have become a new person who is “in Christ.”  What is true of Him is now true of us.  He took our sin and gave to us His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).  


The Motivation:  Obedience to the commands that the Lord Jesus has given to us (e.g., Matthew 28:19-20) is the proper way for a believer to respond to His grace and express love to Him (John 14:21) and as I do so, I will grow in my knowledge of and intimacy with Him (John 15:14-15).   

For God’s child, being obedient to His commands …

… is the right thing to do.

… is the wise thing to do.

… is the best thing to do. 


1.  Baptism is a picture of what has already been accomplished by God in my life spiritually (Romans 6:4-6).   

It is a physical, visible testimony of an unseen spiritual reality in my life. 

Illustration:  A wedding ring.


2.  Being baptized is a work of obedience we are to do as a believer/child of God. 

It is not a work we do in order to become a child of God.  That is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-9).


3.  Baptism is not necessary for our present, full possession of the gift of eternal life (John 5:24). 

It is necessary for our present experience of eternal life (which we have already received as God’s gift) in a more abundant way (John 10:10).   


4.  Baptism is not necessary for justification before God, that is, for being declared righteous in God’s sight (Romans 4:3-8).  

It is a necessary step for our present, progressive sanctification as a believer who abides in God’s Word and thereby becomes His disciple indeed (John 8:30-32).

Jesus wants you to be His disciple.  Being Jesus’ disciple involves abiding (trusting and obeying) in His Word (John 8:31) and bearing fruit for His glory (John 15:1-8).  




Water baptism is a picture of what has already been accomplished by God in my life spiritually (Romans 6:4-6).

It is a physical, visible testimony of the unseen spiritual reality in my life. When I believed in Jesus for eternal life, at that moment I was identified with Christ Jesus in His death, burial and resurrection.

This reality is illustrated publicly when I am baptized in water. Water baptism for a believer can be compared to wearing a wedding ring. Wearing a ring doesn’t make a person married any more than being baptized makes one a Christian.

The reality of the marriage is symbolized outwardly by the wedding ring. The reality of one’s new life in Christ is symbolized outwardly by water baptism.

Being baptized is for believers who desire to follow Jesus in a step of obedience as a disciple or follower of Christ. It lets the world know that you are identified with Jesus Christ as a believer in Him who wants to live for Him. It is an outward expression of your love for your Savior just as wearing a wedding ring can be an outward expression of the love that you have for your husband or wife.

We were blessed Sunday when Linda shared her testimony of faith in Jesus for everlasting life and was baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. What an encouragement for us all!






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