Not only does God require that we believe in Jesus Christ and, in faith, repent and confess Jesus as our Lord, He also commands that we submit to Him by being baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. Peter did not merely tell those who were cut to the heart when they realized Jesus had become Lord and Christ, to repent. He told them “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,” Acts 2:38. This is command to be baptized is consistent with the words of Jesus when he commissioned His disciples to preach the gospel to the world saying, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned,” Mark 16:15-16. Keep in mind that we know this is not baptism in the Holy Spirit because of what we read about the Samaritans in Acts 8:14-16. We are told that Peter and John “prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” It is by baptism in water that we are baptized into the death of Christ, buried, and raised (Romans 6:3-4). You can be a child of God if, by faith you will be baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:26-27). When Philip “preached Jesus” to the Ethiopian man in Acts 8:35 we are told, “Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, "See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?" (Acts 8:36) Christ will spiritually cut your sins away if you will, through faith in the working of God, be baptized (Colossians 2:11-12). Have you been baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins?
Baptism into Christ is not the end of faith; it is but the beginning of a new life. Paul wrote in Romans 6:4, “we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” As a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), we continue to “walk by faith, not by sight,” (2 Corinthians 5:7). We do not consider that we have already attained to the final resurrection but like Paul, “forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,” we “press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus,” Philippians 3:13-14. Will you join us in this great adventure of faith, hope and love?
the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!"
And let him who hears say, "Come!"
And let him who thirsts come.
Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.” (Revelation 22:17)