Summary: Step by step why the Bible says baptism is needed.
BAPTISM-ENTRY IN TO A NEW LIFE
What is baptism? What is it for?
It is a way that we enter in to a personal relation with God and Jesus Christ. When I was a young boy it was so I could eat the little bite of bread and drink the juice. The older I became the more I learned that it is a very important part of my salvation.
There are a lot of Religions that do not believe that baptism is part of the salvation steps.
So who first brought baptism to us? John the Baptist.
In Luke it tells us of the priest Zacharish and his wife Elizabeth. Zacharish while he was in the temple of the Lord,(burning incense which was unusually a once in a life time chance chosen by drawing lots) had a visit from an angel telling him his prayers have been answered. He will have a son and he will call him John. Zacharish and Elizabeth was getting up in years so this did not seem possible.
The angel Gabriel told Zacharish that John will be filled with the Holy Spirit from the time of birth.
He will bring back many Israelite’s to the Lord their God Zacharish did not believe so he could not talk till the baby was born.
Zacharish was told to name him John by the angel, no one in his family had the name John.
Six month’s in labor of Elizabeth her relative Mary had a visit from the angel to tell her about her baby the Lord Jesus Christ.
The baby John leaped for joy and was filled with the Holy Spirit. Zacharish was asked to write the name of his son and He spoke for the first time sense the angel had came to him, and said John.
After that he said John is to go before the Lord to prepare the way for him. To give his people the KNOWLEDGE OF SALVATION through the forgiveness of their sins
LUKE 3:2-6 during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zachariah in the desert. He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: 40:3-5
A voice of one calling in the desert, Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see GOD’S SALVATION.
John was sent to teach us about baptism, by God.
Jesus came to John to be baptized. He had no sins to confess?
John did not want to baptize Jesus he thought Jesus should baptize him
Jesus replied; Let it be so now; it is proper for us to FULFILL ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS.
JOHN 1:33 I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me. “The man on whom you see the spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.”
Who were the first disciples of Jesus (Andrew and Peter)?
They were John’s disciples first, and then they were most likely baptized by John.
MARK 16:16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but who ever does not believe will be condemned.
Does the bible say this anywhere else? YES
ACTS 2:38-4 1 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off- for all whom the Lord our God will call.” With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and three thousand were added to their number that day.
Is it important to be baptized right away or can you do it later? ACTS8:34-39 The eunuch asked Philip, “Who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road , they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.