For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Many people struggle with the idea of baptism. Some want to argue that it is not necessary to be saved. Others argue over the method. Here is a good principle to live by: If Jesus did it, then He wants us to follow His lead.
Baptism by itself cannot save you. James and other gospel writers made that clear. The only way we come to God is by faith in His Son. On many occasions Jesus told those who came to Him that their faith prompted God to action. It is only by belief in Christ that we can experience salvation (John 3:16).
After salvation, our first priority should be to identify with Jesus Christ. Baptism is an outward sign of our commitment to God. It is a public statement of our faith and love toward God. Some may say, “Well, I don’t need to make a public confession. My life is between me and the Lord.”
Think for a moment how God PUBLICLY DISPLAYED His love and affection toward you at Calvary. Nothing could keep Christ from demonstrating His love for you on Calvary’s Cross, and nothing should keep you from displaying your love for Him through baptism.
The moment the Ethiopian heard the gospel message, he was saved. His next desire was to be baptized. He asked, “What prevents me from being baptized?” Philip replied, “If you believe with all your heart, you may” (Acts 8:36-37 NASB).
Dear Lord, thank You for displaying Your love and affection toward me at Calvary. You have blessed my life!