A 3 Point Summary For Baptism: Why Should I Be Baptized?
By Pastor Cedrick Brown
Jesus Did It, Why Shouldn’t I?
It’s the “right” thing to do. In Matthew 3:15 Jesus answering (John) said to him, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Jesus knew then and we know now that it was/is the “righteous” or right thing to do. Why? It is a believers’ first act of obedience, just as it was for Jesus before He Himself entered/began His public ministry.
Jesus Died So That I May Live, Why Shouldn’t I?
It identifies us with Christ. It’s an outward expression of our new inward faith in Christ. Romans 6:5 reminds us that we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection. Baptism is our public display of being united with Christ on the inside. I call it the “team jersey” experience; one can privately practice with the team but, once you wear the team jersey – it’s colors and what they represents – you are now in the public’s eye officially a part of the team. Or it’s liken to a wedding ring, the ring doesn’t “make you married” but, the ring tells the world that you’re married—that you’re taken, you belong to Someone else—Jesus Christ!
Jesus Does Something Special In Me, Why Shouldn’t I?
It’s supernatural. Colossians 2:11-12 says: In Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism. Just as circumcision was important to God and necessary for His people in the OT so it is for His people under the “New Covenant. In the OT circumcision (we know today) carried many unknown medicinal benefits for the protection of God’s people—it literally kept them alive! The same is true from a spiritual perspective today. We can’t “see” what God does through baptism but, He promises to do something in the heart of those who are baptized.