Summary: This message looks at the prerequisite, the purpose, the plan, and a picture of biblical baptism. Good message to preach at a full immersion baptism.
26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,
28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.
29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.
34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?
35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.
What does the letters in Baptism stand for?
1. The B stands for Believer. You only get baptized if you are a believer of Christ and accept Him as the Son of God!
2. The A stands for Atonement. You have been atoned by the blood. You are at one with God.
3. The P stands for Purification. Your sins have been washed away, and you are clean on the inside.
4. The T stands for Testimony. You have a testimony that Christ has saved you.
5. The I stands for Illuminating. You have had the light of Christ to shine in your life through salvation.
6. The S stands for Submerged. You have been submerged in the blood of Christ, and in baptism you will show an outward demonstration of what has happen inwardly by being submerged in the water.
7. The M stands for Meaningful. Your baptism should mean something to you. It is not a joke. It is not for show. Instead, it is magnificent, majestic, and grips your inner soul with the Spirit because it means so much to you what the Lord has done for you!
Now let’s look at this story and understand Biblical Baptism.