There are many people who are honestly confused on the topic of baptism. There are different teachings taught by so many different people, it is no wonder we have confusion. So, the best thing we can do to find the truth is to go to God’s Word and read what He says on the subject of baptism. We are especially noting here the fact that baptism unites us with Jesus.
Paul writes and tells us we are “baptized into Christ” (Gal. 3:26-27) so it should be evident that if we desire a connection with Jesus it comes when we are baptized. In baptism we enter a relationship with Him. Before baptism, we are out of Christ. In baptism, we “put on Christ.” There is simply no other way to get in Christ or to put on Christ, other than by baptism.
Some will point out that in Galatians 3:26-27 the Bible says we are children of God “by faith in Jesus Christ.” This is true but it is not the end of the story. The next word is “for” which begins to tell the rest of the story “for as many as have been baptized into Christhave put on Christ.” Yes, faith is necessary, repentance is necessary, but it is when one is baptized that one enters a saved relationship with the author of eternal salvation (Heb. 5:8-9).
Romans 6:5 teaches us that in baptism we are “united together in the likeness of His death.” Our faith in Jesus and His words should be strong enough to move us to baptism Jesus himself said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16).
Now please note. Our faith is in Jesus and his words of truth. We are united with Jesus when I “trust and obey” Jesus in baptism. Baptism will test our faith. In baptism we are demonstrating, in a visible way, our faith in the Lord’s death, burial, and resurrection. We trust in God’s power to “wash away our sins” (Acts 22:16) and raise us to a new life After all, we believe God raised Jesus…don’t we? (Col. 2:12) We believe God will also raise us in newness of life, right? (Rom. 6:4)
We simply cannot reject Jesus nor can we reject what He has taught. Baptism is “for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38) and baptism unites us with Jesus because our faith is demonstrated in baptism.
Allow me to just list some other things that happen because of our uniting with Christ:
- As we already noted, baptism brings remission of sins (Acts 2:38). This is what those that gladly received Peter’s message did in Acts 2 – they were baptized (Acts 2:41). Every one that believed, repented and were baptized received remission of sins.
- Baptism brings us into the Lord’s church (1 Cor. 12:12-13; Eph. 1:22-23). Those who have had their sins washed away in baptism are added to the church (Acts 2:47). Two important facts to remember. In baptism we are united with Jesus and incorporated into his body, the church.
In baptism, we are not dealing with a physical cleansing, but we are dealing with a spiritual cleansing. Baptism is the answer of a good conscience (1 Pet. 3:21). Baptism unites us with Jesus and in him are all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:13). May we be dedicated to going into all the world, teaching the gospel, and baptizing those believers who are repenting, and continue to teach all that Jesus has commanded (Matt. 28:18-20).
Rob Albright serves as one of the shepherds of the Lake Norman Church of Christ in Lake Norman, NC. He can be reached at Robalbright06@gmail.com.