Baptism is an important ordinance in scripture. It is a public profession of our faith in Christ and also symbolic of His death, burial, and resurrection. When we are baptized, we are identifying with His death so that we can also have new life in Him. It’s also an act of obedience to His commandment. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells His disciples to “go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). And in Acts 2:38, Peter tells those who were wondering what they need to do to be saved, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Baptism is not just a religious custom or something that we do to make ourselves feel better. It is a scriptural ordinance that we are commanded to observe. And when we do so, it is an act of faith and obedience that brings glory to God.
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