Into Christ (Part 1)

Monday, March 11, 2013


Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” (Matthew 28:19)

Into Christ

We have been having this great lesson on our minds for some time now and not only do we desire to be a ministry that inspires and brings hope, healing, and purpose to the lives of women, we believe in teaching women how to be bold about sharing the gospel of Christ to others.

Our grandmothers were spiritual women of God who made sure we were sound in the gospel and that we were baptized into Christ when we were old enough to understand why. We bear a personal torch to share with you what they taught us from God’s word years ago. Ladies, let’s be bold about getting into Christ!

Baptism is necessary.

Baptism is essential for salvation, and it also puts us into Christ. Into refers to a relationship such as Savior to captive; Shepherd to sheep; Redeemer to bondaged. Into refers to being inside something or someone. Into refers to a designation to receive spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3) because of one’s new place in the family of God (Romans 8:17) once baptized.

Are you into Christ, or do you just know of Him?

According to Matthew 28:19, we are encouraged to go into the world and teach people about Christ and baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It takes more than just knowing of Him, we must get into Him. We get into Christ through baptism. The Bible speaks of many different types of baptism, (baptism of John, of fire, of water, of the Holy Ghost, etc.) however only one of these is in force today which is baptism by immersion, or water baptism.

But what is baptism? 

The original meaning of baptized is taken from the term baptidzo, which means to immerse, submerge, to make overwhelmed (i.e., fully wet), cover wholly with a fluid, cleanse or wash anything by immersion in water.

What is its purpose?

Baptism signifies a purging from past sins as a form of obedience to God’s will in order to receive salvation.

Baptism into Christ requires taking action on your belief that Christ is the Son of God. Despite some popular religious teachings, “belief alone” cannot put us into a relationship with Christ and God does not want us to stop there. The scripture even says faith without works is dead (James 2:17-19). We can’t just believe without being obedient. That’s like saying I believe $5.00 will get me a loaf of bread, however you know you have to get in your car and go to the store in order for the $5.00 to do what it’s supposed to do!

Let Go of the Old You

Baptism into Christ means we have to die to ourselves as Christ did when He was obedient to the cross, putting away the sin of the world (Matthew 26:39, Hebrews 12:2).

Baptism into Christ means we die to ourselves by confessing the name of Christ and immersing ourselves in water to remove sin from our lives. Not to take dirt off of the body as in a bath, but to spiritually erase the filth of sin in our hearts and save us (1 Peter 3:20-21).

Baptism into Christ means our similar burial in water (as Christ was buried in the tomb) demonstrates how we become completely alienated from sin (Romans 6:3-4).

Baptism into Christ means we die to (put away from, depart from) immorality, by professing devotion only to God, adopting his doctrine, (John 7:16, Romans 6:16-18) eliminating other doctrines, (1 Timothy 4:1-3) and sacrificing ourselves in service to Him (Romans 12:1-2).

Being baptized into Christ means receiving Him as Master and Chief of our lives and adopting his laws as our own (John 14:15, James 4:12, Isaiah 33:22).

Based off the scriptures above, we see that baptism puts us into Christ and brings us together as a family of believers. Satan wants us to have misconceptions, debates, divisions, and be misled over what God’s Word says regarding baptism; but we know according to 2 Timothy 3:16-17 that all scripture is God-breathed, inspired by Him, and profitable for our instruction and growth.

We. Can. Trust. What. God. Says.

Take some time this week to read over each scripture shared, the reflective scriptures below, and see the power in baptism, its importance, and how you can personally apply God's word to your life.

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Scriptures to Reflect On:

Titus 3:4-5
John 3:5
Romans 6:3-4

Stay tuned as next week we provide biblical examples of baptism into Christ!


For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Galatians 3:27)


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1 comments

  1. Good morning,

    I remember my baptism like it was yesterday. It was one of the most wonderful experiences I ever had.

    Have a blessed week.

    Blessings
    Jean

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