Note that they both went “down into the water,” and they both came “up
out of the water.” The Ethiopian official went away rejoicing in the
newness of life, having been immersed in water – baptized.
There is only one true baptism, which is by immersion. “One
Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5).
Jesus made it clear that baptism was a prerequisite to entrance into
His kingdom. “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except
a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the
kingdom of God” (John 3:5). This baptism is a symbol of
death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ
were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him by
baptism into death: That like as Christ was raised up from the dead by
the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of
life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His
death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection:: Knowing
this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin
might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin” (Romans
Baptism symbolizes the death of the old man and a rebirth to a new life
in Christ. The old man is buried beneath the water. This is why in
baptism the person goes completely under the water and then rises
again. In baptism you confess Christ publicly and symbolically “wash
away thy sins” (Acts 22:16).
Through baptism we confess our faith in the death and resurrection of
Jesus Christ, and testify of our death to sin and of our purpose to
walk in newness of life – a life of obedience. Thus we acknowledge
Christ as Lord and Saviour, become His people, and are received as
members by His church – into the body of Christ. Baptism is a symbol
of our union with Christ, the forgiveness of our sins, and our
reception of the Holy Spirit. It is by immersion in water and is
contingent on an affirmation of faith in Jesus and evidence of
repentance of sin – forsaking the life of disobedience. Baptism
follows instruction in the Holy Scriptures and acceptance of their
Qualifiers for baptism
There are four main qualifiers necessary before an individual is ready
for baptism. First, he must be carefully taught the truths of God’s
word. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching
them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I
am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:19, 20).
It must be mentioned here that Matthew 28:19 is not teaching a three in one or one in three God, for the Holy Spirit is not a separate individual but the Spirit of God. One may ask: “if Jesus did not want us to think that the Holy Spirit is a separate individual, why did He mention the Holy Spirit in this commission?” On the day of Pentecost Peter proclaimed, “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” (Acts 2:38). Peter mentions (1) repentance towards God, (2) baptism in the name of Jesus, and (3) the gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus mentioned all three; if He had left out the Holy Spirit in His commission, people would likely have been left without the knowledge that Christ lives in us through His Spirit. When Paul was in Ephesus he met some brethren and asked them, “Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost” (Acts 19:2). Paul taught them about the Holy Spirit, and “When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 19:5). It is interesting that even though Paul taught these brethren specifically about the Holy Spirit as the element they were missing, he still baptized them in the name of Jesus Christ rather than in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus wants His church to benefit from the entire gospel, including the rich gift of His Spirit (not a third god). It would be dangerous to leave people without the knowledge of the wonderful gift of God’s Spirit, for no one can repent and be baptized without the work of the Spirit.
Second, he must accept and believe these truths. “He that believeth
and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be
damned” (Mark 16:16).
Third, he must feel sorry for and repent of his sins. “Then Peter said
unto them, 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” (Acts 2:38).
Fourth, he must be willing to die to sin and live fully for Christ.
“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ
were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him by
baptism into death: That like as Christ was raised up from the dead by
the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of
life” (Romans 6:3, 4).
Baptism of infants is not biblical, as they cannot take any of the
above steps. However, it is Biblical to dedicate our children to the
Lord. “Then were there brought unto him little children, that he
should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked
them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to
come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. And he laid his
hands on them, and departed thence” (Matthew 19:13-15).
Baptism is the doorway to God’s church. “For by one spirit are we all
baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be
bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit” (I
Corinthians 12:13). Christ is the head of this body, His church. “But
speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which
is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined
together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according
to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase
of the body unto the edifying of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:15, 16).
When a baptized person enters the body of Christ (the church), he,
together with the church, must submit to Christ, as do faithful wives
submit to their husbands. “For the husband is the head of the wife,
even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the
body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives
be to their own husbands in every thing” (Ephesians 5:23).
It is important that the foundational truths are taught to the new believer before baptism. Normally baptism is performed only once
in a person’s life, but there are occasions when it is proper to be
rebaptized. For example, in Acts 19:1-5 there were people who had been
baptized yet they had never heard of the Holy Ghost. Paul led them
into repentance, and when they understood the truth, they were
rebaptized in the name of the Lord.
our example in baptism
did not receive baptism as a confession of guilt on His own account.
He identified Himself with sinners, taking the steps that we are to
take, and doing the work that we must do. His life of suffering and
patient endurance after His baptism was also an example to us.
as the head of humanity was to take the same steps that we are required
to take. Although sinless, He was our example in fulfilling all the
requirements for the redemption of the sinful race. He bore the sins
of the whole world. His baptism was to embrace the whole sinful world
who by repentance and faith would be pardoned.
that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not
by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his
mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the
Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our
Saviour; that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs
according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying, and
these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have
believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things
are good and profitable unto men” (Titus 3:4-8).
brought again into favour with God by the washing of regeneration. The
washing was the burial with Christ in the water in the likeness of His
death, representing that all who repent of the transgression of the law
of God receive purification, cleansing, through the work of the Holy
Spirit. Baptism represents true conversion by the renewing of the Holy
who have been buried with Christ in baptism, and been raised in the
likeness of His resurrection, have pledged themselves to live in
newness of life. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things
which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set
your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians
3: 1, 2).
is my beloved son
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”
(Matthew 3:16, 17).
asked for baptism, John drew back, exclaiming, “I have need to be
baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?” With firm yet gentle
authority, Jesus answered, “Suffer it to be so now: for thus it
becometh us to fulfil all righteousness” (Matthew 3:14, 15). And John,
yielding, led the Saviour down into the Jordan, and buried Him beneath
straightway coming up out of the water,” Jesus “saw the heavens opened,
and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him” (Mark 1:10). The
solemnity of the divine Presence rested upon the assembly. The people
stood silently gazing upon Christ. His form was bathed in the light
that ever surrounds the throne of God. His upturned face was glorified
as they had never before seen the face of man. From the open heavens a
voice was heard saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well
pleased” (Matthew 3:17).
that was spoken to Jesus at the Jordan baptism embraces humanity. God
spoke to Jesus as our representative. With all our sins and
weaknesses, we are not cast aside as worthless. “He hath made us
accepted in the beloved” (Ephesians 1:6).
glory that rested upon Christ is a pledge of the love of God for us.
His love has encircled man, and reached the highest heaven. The light
which fell from the open portals upon the head of our Saviour will fall
upon us as we pray for help to resist temptation. The voice which
spoke to Jesus says to every believing soul, This is My beloved child,
in whom I am well pleased.
Redeemer has opened the way so that the most sinful, the most needy,
the most oppressed and despised, may find access to the Father. All
may have a home in the mansions which Jesus has gone to prepare.
Water and Spirit
told Nicodemus that he must be born again to enter the kingdom of God.
“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of
the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5).
Christ here referred to water baptism and the renewing of the heart by
the Spirit of God.
Repentance, faith, and baptism are the requisite steps in conversion.
As Christians submit to the solemn rite of baptism, He registers the
vow that they make to be true to Him. This vow is their oath of
Those who are baptized, having been convicted of sin by the Spirit of God, have obeyed the command: “Come out from among them, and be ye separate, ... and touch not the unclean thing.” And to them is fulfilled the promise: “I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters” (2 Corinthians 6:17, 18).
obligations in the spiritual agreement entered into at baptism are
mutual. As human beings act their part with whole-hearted obedience,
they have a right to pray, “Let it be known, Lord, that Thou art God in
Israel” (1 Kings 18:36). As we act our part, through His Holy Spirit who worked before baptism God continues to work in the new life of the believer.
We need the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Now is the time to ask Christ to breath upon us. We need the Holy Ghost to work His gifts in us. Christ breathed on His disciples (John 20:22), and then He said to them, “Behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you” (Luke 24:49). All believers now need to prayer for a greater measure of the Holy Spirit. As believers in Christ, we now need a great outpouring of the Spirit of God if we should complete the gospel ministry in these perilous times.
of death and resurrection
apostle Paul explains this with a question: “Know ye not, that so many
of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?”
who have taken part in the solemn rite of baptism have pledged
themselves to seek for those things which are above, “where Christ
sitteth on the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1); pledged themselves
to labour earnestly for the salvation of sinners. God asks those who
take His name, How are you using the powers that have been redeemed by
the death of My Son? Are you doing all in your power to rise to a
greater height in spiritual understanding? Are you adjusting your
interest and actions in harmony with the momentous claims of eternity?
is a most solemn renunciation of the world. We have been buried in the likeness of Christ’s death and raised in the likeness of His resurrection, and we are to live a new life. Our life is to be bound up with the life of Christ.
first chapter of Second Peter is presented the progressive work in the
Christian life. The whole chapter is a lesson of deep importance. If
man, in acquiring the Christian graces, works on the plan of addition,
God has pledged Himself to work in his behalf upon the plan of
multiplication. “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the
knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2).
is laid out before every soul that has acknowledged his faith in Jesus
Christ by baptism. If we are true to our vow, there is opened to us a
door of communication with heaven – a door that no human hand or
satanic agency can close.
have been raised from the water of baptism, we rise to walk in the
steps of Christ. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things
which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God”
enter upon the new life should understand, prior to their baptism, that
the Lord requires the undivided affections. The practicing of the
truth is essential. The bearing of fruit testifies to the character of
the tree. There is need of a thorough conversion to the truth.
study the life of Christ and practice His teachings will become like
Christ. Their influence will be like His. They will reveal soundness
of character. As they walk in the humble path of obedience, doing the
will of God, they exert an influence that tells for the advancement of
the cause of God and the healthful purity of His work.
and Church Membership
of becoming a member in the Seventh-day Adventist Church is through baptism. But over
the years this sacred process has been compromised. Copying performance models from the
world, souls have been hurriedly baptised to count numbers with little regard to their
understanding of what it really means to be a Seventh-day Adventist. This is a betrayal
of sacred ordinance for both the baptised and for the church as a body of Christ. Yet,
in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the counsel from inspired writings of the Church is clear.
of discipleship is not brought to bear as closely as it should be upon those who present
themselves for baptism. It should be understood whether they are simply taking the name of
Seventh-day Adventists, or whether they are taking their stand on the Lord's side, to come out
from the world and be separate, and touch not the unclean thing. Before baptism, there should
be a thorough inquiry as to the experience of the candidates. Let this inquiry be made, not in
a cold and distant way, but kindly, tenderly, pointing the new converts to the Lamb of God that
taketh away the sin of the world. Bring the requirements of the gospel to bear upon the candidates
for baptism” (Evangelism, p. 311; Testimonies to the Church, Vol. 6, p. 95).
the points upon which those newly come to the faith will need instruction is the subject of dress.
Let the new converts be faithfully dealt with. Are they vain in dress? Do they cherish pride of
heart? The idolatry of dress is a moral disease. It must not be taken over into the new life. In
most cases, submission to the gospel requirements will demand a decided change in the dress”
(Evangelism, p. 312; Testimonies to the Church, Vol. 6, p. 96).
very unfortunate that new converts are often not taught principles of dress. The first principle is
to bear good fruit, for it is by our fruits shown through our dress that we are to be known (Matthew 7:16-20).
To bear good fruit, we are required to come out of world fashions and be “separate” then we can be
“sons and daughters” of our God (2 Corinthians 6: 17, 18). How these principles of “fruit” and being
“separate” apply to dress must be taught to new converts.
from the world in dress fashions must be taught to new converts before they are baptised, otherwise
they are betrayed into misrepresenting Christ. Baptism is a most solemn renunciation of the world.
Those who are baptized, having been converted by the working of the Holy Spirit, declare publicly that they have forsaken the service of Satan and have
become members of the royal family, children of the heavenly King. They have obeyed the command: “Come
out from among them, and be ye separate, . . . and touch not the unclean thing.” And to them is fulfilled
the promise: “I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters,
saith the Lord Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6: 17, 18).
and hence accepted as members of the church, no longer are they to follow the traditions of men. No longer
are they to follow dishonest methods. They are to obey the statutes of the kingdom of heaven. They are to
seek God's honour. If they will be true to their vow, they will be furnished with grace and power that will
enable them to fulfil all righteousness. “As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons
of God, even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12).
taught and baptised member continues to follow the fashions of the world, the church needs to act in a manner
that is loving, and yet not compromising with sin. The principles are laid out in the Bible. In 1 Corinthians 5:1-13,
Paul is uncompromising on how we should deal with open sins, which here dress fits. We must “purge out therefore
the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump”, and “put away from among yourselves that wicked person.” This includes
censure and disfellowship actions of the church. This is tough but inspired language.
often play with sin in the church. In 2 Corinthians 2:1-11 Paul labours to explain that it was out of love
that he first wrote to the church with “heaviness” for he had written “out of much affliction and anguish of
heart” and “with much tears” due to the sin in church; but even this time, the tried apostle did not forget
to require them to “be obedient in all things.” In 1 Timothy 5:20 Paul is again uncompromising, this time he
instructed young Timothy that: “Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.” Certain sin
needs open rebuke. Partly because the issue of dress is not dealt with at baptism, many in the Seventh-day
Adventist Church are unaware of the perversion of fashion to their Christian character.
fashion is pervading our Seventh-day Adventist churches and is doing more than any other power to separate our
people from God. I have been shown that our church rules are very deficient. All exhibitions of pride in dress,
which is forbidden in the word of God, should be sufficient reason for church discipline. If there is a continuance,
in face of warnings and appeals and entreaties, to still follow the perverse will, it may be regarded as proof that
the heart is in no way assimilated to Christ. Self, and only self, is the object of adoration, and one such professed
Christian will lead many away from God. There is a terrible sin upon us as a people, that we have permitted our church
members to dress in a manner inconsistent with their faith. We must arise at once and close the door against the
allurements of fashion. Unless we do this, our churches will become demoralized” (Testimonies to the Church, Vol. 4, pp. 647-648).
effectively teach before baptism the dress and health reform principles in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, perhaps
explain why when Sunday Law, the great final test, will be brought upon us, many will backslide. We are told, “As
the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third angel's message, but have not been sanctified
through obedience to the truth, abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition. By uniting with the world
and partaking of its spirit, they have come to view matters in nearly the same light; and when the test is brought,
they are prepared to choose the easy, popular side” (Great Controversy, p. 608). This is why new converts ought to be
grounded in the truth, not deceived to take lightly their sacred vows of coming out of the world, otherwise they are
betrayed and set up for a bitter exit at the great final test.
read this, whether you are baptised or not, seek to be faithful and obedient to Christ, for there is no other way.
Christ will soon return to take only the faithful. Satan will do all he can to deceive you into thinking that church
discipline is an enemy to spirituality. Do not be deceived. God in His mercy has instructed us how to avoid getting
lost. There is no real happiness in following the ways of the world. “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall
gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36). Do not choose your own way and be found wanting when
seek baptism, do not take it without Christ, as a mere formality. It is the grace of Christ that gives life to the soul.
Apart from Christ, baptism, like any other service, is a worthless form. “He that believeth not the Son shall not see
life” (John 3:36).
to Christ is required. Salvation is not to be baptized, not to have our names upon the church books, not to preach the truth.
You can do all that but still get lost. Salvation is a living union with Jesus Christ to be renewed in heart, doing the works
of Christ in faith and labour of love, in patience, meekness, and hope. Every soul united to Christ will be a living missionary
to all around him.
upon Himself the infirmities of humanity so that we may have no fear that because of the weakness of human nature we could not
overcome sin. Because of what Christ did for us, it is “given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye
might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:4).
sin. “The prince of this world cometh,” said Jesus, “and hath nothing in me” (John 14:30). Christ did not consent to sin.
Not even by a thought did He yield to temptation. So it may be with us. So long as we are united to Him by faith, sin has
no more dominion over us. In Christ, we overcome and need not retain one sinful propensity.
you: “abide in me, and I in you” (John 15:4). For “whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not” (1 John 3:6). When assailed by
temptation, look not to circumstances or to the weakness of self, but to the power of the Word of God. All its strength
is yours. Grasp His promises as leaves from the tree of life: “him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out”
(John 6:37). As you come to Him, believe that He accepts you, because He has promised. No one can ever perish while he
abides in Christ by faith.
Rebaptism Is Appropriate
are many at the present day who have unwittingly violated one of the
precepts of God’s law. When the understanding is enlightened, and the
claims of the Sabbath commandment are urged upon the conscience, they
see themselves sinners in the sight of God. “Sin is the transgression
of the law” (1 John 3:4) and he that shall “offend in one point, he is
guilty of all” (James 2:10).
honest seeker after truth will not plead ignorance of the law as an
excuse for transgression. Light was within his reach. God’s Word is
plain, and Christ has bidden him search the Scriptures. He reveres
God’s law as holy, just, and good, and he repents of his
transgression. By faith he pleads the atoning blood of Christ, and
grasps the promise of pardon.
his former baptism does not satisfy him now. He has seen himself a
sinner, condemned by the law of God. He has experienced anew a death
to sin, and he desires again to be buried with Christ by baptism, that
he may rise to walk in newness of life.
the word of God says plainly, “And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be
baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord”
Rebaptism is a subject that each individual must conscientiously take
his position upon in the fear of God. The duty of urging belongs to no
one but God; give God a chance to work with His Holy Spirit upon the
minds, so that the individual will be perfectly convinced and satisfied
in regard to this advanced step.
Rebaptism is a matter to be treated as a great privilege and blessing,
and all who are rebaptized, if they have the right ideas upon this
subject, will thus consider it.
the privilege and the duty of every Christian to have a rich and
abundant experience in the things of God. “I am the light of the
world,” said Jesus; “He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,
but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). Every step of faith and
obedience brings the soul into closer connection with the Light of the
world, in whom there “is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).
Jesus has commanded us: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:
and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew
Christ gave His disciples their commission. He made full provision for
the prosecution of the work, and took upon Himself the responsibility
for its success. So long as they obeyed His word, and worked in
connection with Him, they could not fail. Go to all nations, He bade
them. Go to the farthest part of the habitable globe. Labour in
faith, for the time will never come when I will forsake you.
Saviour’s commission to the disciples included all the believers. It
includes all believers in Christ to the end of time. All to whom the
heavenly inspiration has come are put in trust with the gospel. All
who receive the life of Christ are ordained to work for the salvation
of their fellow men.
of Wellington was once present where a party of Christian men were
discussing the possibility of success in missionary effort among the
heathen. They appealed to the duke to say whether in his judgment such
efforts were likely to prove a success commensurate to the cost. The
old soldier replied: “Gentlemen, what are your marching orders? Success
is not the question for you to discuss. If I read your orders aright,
they run thus, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to
every creature.’ Gentlemen, obey your marching orders.”
we are all commissioned to go and preach the gospel, and whosoever
“believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16). And the
doorway to Christianity is declared by Peter: “Repent, and be baptized
every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins”
(Acts 2:38). If you have not obeyed this call, tarry no longer.
Baptism brings us into twofold association. The first fold is Christ.
“For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on
Christ” (Galatians 3:27). The second fold is Christ’s body, the
church. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we
be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made
to drink into one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13).
Baptism is the divinely ordained means of signifying conversion to
Christ and adoption into the family of God. “Except a man be born of
water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John
3:5). “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that
believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:16). “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” (Acts 2:38).
This does not detract from the personal aspects of our communion with
God. “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when
thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy
Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly” (Matthew 6:6).
“Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my
right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward
receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none
upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth:
but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever” (Psalms
Such communion strengthens us for fellowship and corporate worship.
When we are baptized, we confess Christ before the world, and He
confesses us before the Father and His angels. “Also I say unto you,
Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also
confess before the angels of God” (Luke 12:8).
We are baptized because we have been “crucified with Christ” (Galatians
2:20). Baptism symbolizes the crucifixion of the old life. It is not
only a death but also a burial. We are “buried with him in baptism”
(Colossians 2:12). As a burial follows a person’s death, so when the
believer goes down into the watery grave the old life that passed away
when he accepted Jesus Christ is buried.
But after His death and burial, Christ arose from the grave. And in
baptism we arise from our watery grave to a new life in Him. Then the
power that enabled Christ to arise enables us to live that life.
“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as
Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so
we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4).
After baptism, the newness of life lifts us to a higher plateau of
human experience, giving us new values, aspirations, and desires that
focus on a commitment to loving Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself prescribes
what it means to love Him: “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John
14:15). Baptism brings us to discover the purpose of our being created
Finally, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and
keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes