Is Baptism Important?

What does the Bible teach us about Baptism? Is Baptism important for Christians? I believe that baptism is an important step in a Christian's journey. Please read this page to find out why.

Baptism in the Bible

The first mention of baptism in the New Testament is in Matthew's gospel when we read that John the Baptist preached to the people and challenged them to change and be baptised. 'They confessed their sins, and he (John) baptised them in the Jordan River ... I (John) baptise you with water to show that your hearts and lives have changed.' (Matthew 3:6,11) ... We learn from this passage that baptism involves saying sorry for our sins and choosing to turn to God. It is an outward sign of our inward commitment to God.

The original Greek word for 'baptised' that is used in this passage means to: dip repeatedly; to immerse; to be submerged. The passage is talking about adult baptism that is accompanied by repentance from sins.

Jesus Was Baptised

Jesus himself was baptised by John the Baptist.

Matthew 3:13-16 ...'Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptised by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, I need to be baptised by you, and do you come to me? Jesus replied, Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness. Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptised, 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 lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.'

Jesus told John that it was important for him to be baptised to 'fulfill all righteousness'. The word righteousness means, to be right with God, to have God's approval. Jesus' baptism was also a sign to us of who Jesus was, when the voice from heaven spoke for the people to hear 'This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased'.

What Does Jesus Say About Baptism

There are two important passages where Jesus speaks of baptism. Jesus said, ... 'Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved' (Mark 16:6) ... and Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.' (Matthew 28:18-20)

Jesus told his disciples to go into the world and make disciples and baptise those that believe. I think from these verses Jesus is showing us that baptism is an important step of faith and obedience to take when you become a Christian.

When the disciple Philip talked with the Eunuch in Acts Chapter 8 the Eunuch said, 'See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?' Then Philip said, 'If you believe with all your heart, you may.' And he answered and said, 'I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.' ... To be baptised you need to believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

Baptism is a sign of a change of life, dying to your old self and starting a new life. It is a sign of our old life been buried when we go under the water and when we raise up out of the water, our old sinful life is left behind and we start walking in newness of life with Christ.

'Or don't you know that all of us who were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death? 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.' (Romans 6:3-4)

The Bible teaches us that baptism is an important part of the Christian walk. It is an outward sign of our inward commitment to God and our desire to turn away from our sin and follow Jesus. If you haven't been baptised what is stopping you? I really encourage you to pray and take this step of faith.

See My Blog about my Baptism.