Many denominations look at baptism as merely a sign of a good conscience. Some look at it as an indication of a changed life. Others are confused altogether as to the importance of baptism. We will look at three reasons why baptism is important.
First, baptism is important because Christians are required by God to do it to be deemed obedient. The disciples were commanded not only to teach all nations but to baptize them as well (Matthew 28:19). As faithful Christians, we are commanded by God to be baptized (Acts 10:48). Those who refuse baptism are in direct disobedience and will have to answer at the judgment (Hebrews 9:27).
Second, baptism is important because it is essential for salvation. When we are baptized we are baptized into the Lord’s death (Romans 6:23). It is through the waters of baptism that we contact the blood that Jesus, shed on our behalf (Revelation 7:14). Through the blood, we are cleansed from all sin (1 John 1:7). It is through this act of baptism that we find salvation (Mark 16:16).
Finally, baptism is important because it adds us to the Lord’s church. When we are baptized, it places us within the body (1 Corinthians 12:13).We are baptized into the body which is the church (Colossians 1:18). So when we put on Christ through baptism, we are added to the church of the saved (Acts 2:42). Jesus died for the church, and being it is being among the saved (Ephesians 5:23-25)
Baptism is important because it shows our obedience, confirms our salvation and places us in the church. The Bible teaches many reasons why baptism is important. The reasons discussed here are only but a few reasons for baptism. The scriptures are clear on the reasons and purpose for baptism. As students of the Bible it is our duty to search the scriptures diligently (2 Timothy 2:15).