Baptism is the illustration of a powerful story, and it tells that story in three ways:
1) Baptism illustrates something about you.
Putting on a wedding ring doesn’t make you married, and taking it off doesn’t mean that you aren’t married anymore. Wearing a wedding ring shows that you are married. It identifies you as someone who belongs to someone else. Baptism, in the same way, is an expression that we belong to Christ. When you are baptized, it is a symbol that you are a follower of Christ, just as a wedding ring is a symbol that you are married.
The Greek word for baptism is baptizo. It means “to dip under.” Baptizo also means “to identify with a particular teaching or teacher.” In Acts 19:2-4, when Ephesian believers learned through Paul about baptism in the name of Jesus, they couldn’t wait to participate in it, so that they would be identified with His teachings. They wanted everyone around them to know that their allegiance was to Christ.
2) Baptism illustrates something to the Church.
Ephesians 4:4-6—“For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.”
The Church is made up of members that form one unit. We are all on the same journey, and baptism causes a bond to form between us all. When you are baptized, you are showing that you are committed to Christ and to His Church. No matter what walks of life we are from, we are able to join together for a common purpose: sharing the Gospel with the world, because unity in the Church causes the body of Christ to grow.
3) Baptism illustrates something about God to the world.
Romans 6:3-4—“…have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.”
Baptism is an opportunity to tell the world what Christ has done in your life. It is telling the world that God is all-powerful and that He gives us the power to live a new life in Christ. Going under the water symbolizes the death of our old nature, and coming up again is a representation of the Holy Spirit taking over. Our old lives where we were dead in our sin are gone; Christ has given us new lives in Him!
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