Baptism

Jesus was baptised because He was obedient, and He asked us to do the same:

Matthew 28:19 NLT

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Baptism is meaningless if you don’t believe in salvation through Jesus, the Son of God. Baptism itself does not save anyone. It’s the confession of sins, the condition of your heart, and your relationship with Him that matters.

Baptism is an outward sign of obedience. Salvation is a gift, not a reward for things you do.

Jesus began ministering after His baptism. The power from heaven that came to Him at His baptism was a result of His obedience.

Matthew 3:16-17 NLT

After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

Three things happened here: 1) The heavens were opened, 2) the Spirit came, and 3) God declared His love.

Acts of the Apostles 2:38-39 NLT

Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away —all who have been called by the Lord our God.”

Acts of the Apostles 9:18 NLT

Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized.

Repentence – the decision to turn away from sin toward God – comes first, then baptism.

Jesus had nothing to repent of. He was baptised as an act of obedience. He was the first person to be both born of the Spirit, and baptised by the Holy Spirit. He is called the “second Adam.” Like the first Adam, He came directly from God. Yet unlike the first Adam, He did not fall to temptation. Instead of bringing death to his descendants, He brought life.

There’s always exceptions to the rule, like the thief on the cross, but if you are able to be baptised, do it as the next step in your relationship with the Lord.

Luke 3:21-22 NLT

One day when the crowds were being baptized, Jesus himself was baptized. As he was praying, the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.

God spoke approval over Jesus at His baptism, and He wants to do the same for you as well.

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