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Do I need to get baptized?

Do I need to get baptized?

The crucial command in the Bible is “Repent and believe the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). You must repent of your sins and trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ. When someone becomes a Christian – when some has repented and believes in Jesus – he or she will be faced with this question: “Should I be baptized?” Or “Is it necessary to be baptized?” And “Do I need to be baptized in order to be saved?”

What is baptism?

First of all, we need to know what the Bible says about baptism. According to the New Testament, baptism is a symbolic act, whereby the believer testifies his or her union with Jesus Christ. The Christian has died with Christ and he is raised up with Christ. In baptism, he publicly declares Jesus as Lord and Savior. His testimony will be that he shares in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. This, in short, is what baptism means. It is a symbol by which you testify what happened to you in the new birth.

Baptism is the image of salvation, not the condition

If you know you are saved by Jesus Christ, it is legitimate for you to be baptized.

If you know you are saved by Jesus Christ, it is legitimate for you to be baptized. So, if you want to be baptized, it is this motivation that should drive you as a Christian. If you think that baptism is a condition for salvation, you turn it into a good work. You are trying to save yourself by virtue of a symbolic act. That is not necessary, nor is it pleasing to God, because by doing so you neglect and reject the sacrifice of Christ. Nothing inside or from ourselves can save us. Only Christ is able “to save us to the uttermost” (Hebrews 7:25). But there will be a certain desire to be baptized, because you know it is a command given by the Lord Jesus Himself. Obedience to the Lord is important. Some churches – Baptist churches for example – desire all professing believers in their congregation to be baptized.

Your response to His invitation

Remember that no human being can add something to the finished work of Jesus Christ. You will not be saved because you are baptized. You want to be baptized because you are saved. Baptism is not pleasing God for salvation – it is your testimony about His gracious invitation. Don’t put your trust in your testimony, but trust the Lord Who gave Himself as a ransom for you (Mark 12:45). As John Newton, famous for the hymn Amazing Grace, wrote,

Sovereign grace has power alone
To subdue a heart of stone;
And the moment grace is felt,
Then the hardest heart will melt.

Do you believe the Gospel? Are you saved by Jesus already?

How does this Bible teaching speak to you? Please share your thoughts below!

Also read What kind of baptism does God accept?

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Robert Bezemer

Robert Bezemer

Robert Bezemer (1988) grew up in the Dutch city of Eindhoven. After secondary school, He decided to study Theology at Christian graduate school. He works as a data engineer. He is also involved with Veritas College International, which is especially founded to help people read and better understand the Bible for themselves. In 2013 He married his wife Rolinda.

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Do I need to get baptized?