Into Christ (Part 2)

Monday, March 18, 2013


One Lord, one faith, one baptism;” (Ephesians 4:5)

Into Christ

In our previous lesson we discussed the importance, purpose, and meaning of baptism according to God’s word. We learned that we are to be immersed fully in water, in the name of Jesus in order to receive the remission (forgiveness) of sins and to be called God’s children.

Baptism puts us into Christ.

To further show the importance of baptism, we want to highlight scriptures that show people, even Jesus, being baptized.

We believe the Bible to be the standard in religion. We believe the Bible is true. We believe the Bible to be without flaw. We believe the baptism commanded by God and the apostles is the one that is still in effect today. We trust that the inspired word of God gives us clear examples in the New Testament of the baptism He deems necessary for salvation. Let us start with the baptism of Jesus, which is mentioned in all four of the gospels.

Jesus’ baptism

Matthew 3:13-17 – “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Mark 1:9-11 – “And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Luke 3:21-22 – “Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.”

John 1:31-4 – “And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.”

The book of Acts is full of baptism examples of believers becoming Christians. In every case mentioned below, water baptism was administered for salvation.

The 3000

Acts 2:38, 41, 47 – “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day, there were added unto them about three thousand souls. Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”

Men, women, Simon

Acts 8:12, 13 – “But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.”

Ethiopian eunuch

Acts 8:35-39 – “Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 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? 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. 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. 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.”

Saul

Acts 9:17-18 – “And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.”

Cornelius, his household

Acts 10:47, 48 – “Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.”

Lydia, her household

Acts 16:15 – “And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, if ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.”

The Jailer, his household

Acts 16:33, 34 – “And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.”

Ruler of the synagogue

Acts 18:8 – “And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.”

Re-baptism 

Acts 19:4, 5 – “Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”

Of all the baptisms mentioned in scripture, water baptism is the only baptism in effect today (Ephesians 4:5) and that through baptism, God adds us to His church (Acts 2:47)...a wonderful reason to get into Christ!

Do not allow the enemy to convince you that baptism is not necessary. God’s word shows that it is. We can do nothing to earn the gift of salvation; however believing in Jesus, His death, burial, and resurrection, repenting of our sins, and being baptized are necessary to put us into a saved relationship with the Lord.

Get into Christ while grace allows.

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 it to your life.

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Scriptures to Reflect On:

Psalm 130:7
Acts 22:16
Ephesians 5:25b-27
Colossians 2:9-14

Stay tuned as next week we discuss the type of relationship that baptism into Christ puts us in! 


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


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