Why Get Baptized as a Christian
Are you wondering why you need to get baptized as a Christian? It is important to understand why baptism is necessary so that when you experience it, you will appreciate its significance. Baptism appears several times in the Bible especially in the New Testament. Those who got baptized were new converts to Christianity, and who believed in Jesus Christ. In this article, we will look at the reasons why you need to get baptized as a Christian.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to follow in His footsteps and that is why we always aspire to be Christlike. Before Jesus began His ministry on earth, He was baptized by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. “When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was openedand the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’” (Luke 3:21-22). As the disciples of Christ, we too have to go through baptism like He did.
Why Do We Get Baptized as Christians?
1. Public Declaration of Our Faith in Jesus Christ
We publicly declare our faith in Jesus Christ by undergoing baptism. Mark 16:16 says, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” After getting saved, we go through baptism as an outward sign that we have turned over a new leaf in life. This is why you see churches going to great lengths to perform baptism of new believers in public. Some even televise the event because it shows the number of those who are coming to Christ daily.
Baptism is an occasion to celebrate the goodness of God by drawing others to Himself through the finished work of Christ on the cross. Jesus died for our sins, and when we accept His gift of salvation, we receive forgiveness of our sins. John the baptist was busy baptizing people who had repented of their sins and prepared them for the coming of Jesus Christ. “Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins” (Matthew 3:5-6).
2. Obedience to Jesus Christ
When Jesus left us the Great Commission, one of the things He asked us to do is baptize others. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing 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 28:19-20). When we go though baptism, we are obeying the command of Christ.
When people got born again after the preaching of the apostles, they were baptized as the next step on their salvation journey. When Peter preached the gospel in Cornelius’ household, those present gave their lives to Christ and were baptized. “‘Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.’So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days” (Acts 10:47-48).
3. Death of Old Self and Resurrection of New Self
When you go under water during baptism, your old self is buried with Christ, and when you come up, you are resurrected with Him (Colossians 2:12-14). Before getting saved, you are dead in your transgressions and your spirit needs the resurrection power of Jesus Christ. Your spirit is made alive in Christ when you get born again and become a new creation.
Baptism is a reminder that we have a Savior who has given us a new lease of life that is eternal. It is a life that goes beyond our physical existence on earth. You were joined with Christ in baptism and that means you joined Him in His death, and by His resurrection, you can now live a new life (Romans 6:3-4).
4. Access to a New Family
After baptism, we enter a new family of believers who share the bond of the Holy Spirit. We are members of the body of Christ brought together by His Spirit. “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free – and have all been made to drink into one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:12-13).
We are baptized into one body which is the body of Christ, and we gather to worship together when we go to church. As children of God, we are members of His household and brothers and sisters in Christ. We worship God in Spirit and truth because our hearts are operating in one accord.
Baptism is Symbolic
Baptism symbolizes a new life in Christ where our sins are washed away and we become right with God. It is for those who are born again and have accepted Christ’s gift of salvation. Baptism without salvation has no significance because there is no regeneration of the spirit. You have to be a new creation in Christ to receive baptism and the new life. Anyone who is old enough to understand what it means to accept Christ’s gift of salvation can be baptized.
As you consider baptism, reflect on the Scriptures that will give you a deeper understanding on what it means to be baptized. Baptism is done by immersion into water and you can confirm this in the Bible. Jesus was immersed in the river Jordan by John the baptist, and so were the others who were with Him. Baptism is a wonderful experience and you can go through it knowing it is God’s will for you as a believer.