Summary: Our Baptism in water is a confession of the work of Christ in you. Do you realize all that encompasses?
March 22, 2009
Title: The Confession of All Christ Has Done
I read a great story the other day. A man walked into a Baptist church where they were having a baptism service. He had never been in the church before so when he came in he looked for a place to sit and walked up the middle aisle and found a seat close to the front. The preacher preached a great sermon on heaven and hell and had a powerful altar call and the stranger responded and gave his heart to the Lord. Then they told him that since they were baptizing that day that he should be baptized. And he agreed to it. When he came up out of the water he came up shouting, “Hot dog! Hot Dog! Hot dog!” You see, he had never been in church and didn’t know anything about “Amen” or “Hallelujah!” so for him “Hot Dog! Hot Dog! Hot Dog!” was good enough.
I want to share with you today about baptism. In the Bible there are three different kinds of baptisms. 1) is the baptism into Christ. That is what happens when you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. It is the Holy Spirit that engulfs you and it is the Father who baptizes you into this baptism. The Father now accepts you because of your new relationship with Christ. 2) is the baptism in the Holy Spirit. That is the enduement with power from on high. Jesus is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit. 3) is water baptism. It is symbolic of the work that Jesus has done in you and is a public confession of that work. Water baptism is not necessary for salvation but is very important. Jesus said that we are to baptize in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. If you have not been baptized in water according to the Bible pattern I encourage you to do so. The only requirement is that you have accepted Christ into your life.
In Matthew 3:13-17, Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
15Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
16As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. 17And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
Jesus did not have to be baptized in order to be saved; He knew no sin. But in His baptism He identified with our sinful nature and thus became just like every one of us – except that He never sinned.
Now I want you to see the purpose of water baptism. It is to identify with the total work of Christ in your life that you have chosen to walk in. I want you to turn to Romans 6 with me and let’s see the significance of baptism in your life.
1What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.