Christian baptism is one of two ordinances that Jesus instituted for the church. Just before His ascension into heaven, Jesus said, “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). These instructions specify that the church is responsible to teach Jesus’ word, make disciples, and baptize those disciples. These things are to be done everywhere (“all nations”) until “the very end of the age.” So, if for no other reason, baptism has importance because Jesus commanded it.
Baptism is an outward testimony (expression) of the inward change in a believer’s life. Christian baptism is an act of obedience to the Lord after salvation; although baptism is closely associated with salvation, it is not a requirement to be saved. The Bible shows in many places that the order of events is, (1) a person believes in the Lord Jesus and (2) he is baptized. This sequence is seen in Acts 2:41, “Those who accepted [Peter’s]message were baptized” (and Acts 16:14-15).
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