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The Benefits of Baptism

In the ’Great Commission’, Jesus instructed His apostles to make disciples of all the nations “baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Why did our Lord emphasize the need for baptism? What ’benefits’ does the person receive when they are baptized? Here are just a few to consider:

FORGIVENESS OF SINS

Show me a person who claims they have sinned not and I will show you the world’s greatest liar. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). Therefore, one needs to be forgiven if they intend to be saved and enter into His eternal rest. We find that early Christians understood that remission or forgiveness of sins was obtained through water baptism: Take note of these verses:

ACTS 2:38, “Then Peter said unto them, ’Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins…”

ACTS 22:16, “And now why do you wait? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the Name of the Lord.” (See also Col 2:12-13)

PUTS ONE IN CHRIST

People truly become children of God by faith, but not faith only, but by faith expressed in obedience to baptism. How do people get into Christ? Through faith-motivated water baptism. Take note of these verses:

Galatians 3:26-27, “For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”

ROMANS 6:3-4, “Know you not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? Therefore, we are buried with Him by baptism into death; that like as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

SPIRITUAL REBIRTH

The language of the ’new birth’ or ’regeneration’ appears to have been the favorite conception of the second-century Church about water baptism. Baptism gives us a new life in which we devote our life to Christ and doing His Will. Take note of these verses:

JOHN 3:7, 5, “Marvel not that I said unto you, ’You must be born again…. born of water and of the Spirit.”

2 CORINTHIANS 5:17 , “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

TITUS 3:5, “According to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”

ADDS ONE TO THE BODY (CHURCH) OF CHRIST

Jesus bled and died for His church which He is the head thereof. Only baptized believers were added to the church (Acts 2:47).  Although not everyone added to the church will be saved, it is unquestionable to say that no one outside the church will be saved. Take note of these verses:

1 Corinthians 12:13, 27, “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body,… Now you are Christ’s Body, and individually members of it.”

John 3:5, “Jesus answered, ’Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.’”

ACTS 8:12, “But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the Name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”

COLOSSIANS 1:18 states that “the body” is “the church”; therefore, one is placed into the Church at baptism. Note the connection in ACTS 2:41, 47, “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls…. And the Lord added to the Church daily such as should be saved.” Christ is “the Head of the Church, He Himself being the Savior of the Body”, having cleansed her by the washing of water.” (EPHESIANS 5:23,26).

ETERNAL SALVATION

I can think of no greater reason to be baptized than to be saved. The average human being will live between 70-85 years old. Surely this is not enough time to enjoy very much in life. One third of your life will be spent sleeping or trying to get to sleep. Another one third of your time will be spent on education or work. This leaves a person with only eight hours a day to enjoy very much and most of that time is wasted. It is only when one gets old or sick that most realize that they had better prepare for the life to come. Like most human beings, they want to give to God as little as possible of their short time here on earth. This is why most don’t have a clue what it takes to be saved. Obviously, what saves us is our obedience to the gospel of Christ which includes: Hearing the Gospel (Rom 10:17); Believing and Confessing Jesus to be the Christ (Rom 10:10); and Repentance and Baptism (Acts 2:38). Definitely, without BAPTISM no one can be saved. Take note of these verses:

MARK 16:16, “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved;”

ACTS 11:13-14, 10:48, “Peter… shall tell you words, whereby you and all your house shall be saved…. And he (Peter) commanded them to be baptized in the Name of the Lord.”

1 PETER 3:21, “Baptism does also now save us.”

Conclusion: It is also note worthy that only baptized believers have access to the Lord in prayer (Jn 9:31 f; 1 Pet 3:12). It is also note worthy that only baptized believers will have the peace of God which passes all understanding (Philip 4:6,7). The world will have no peace whatsoever (Isa 48:22). Having considered what the New Testament teaches concerning the benefits of faith-motivated baptism, there is no wonder that the Lord commanded it in the Great Commission for anyone who desires to be saved once this life has been completed.

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