WHAT IS BAPTISM/CHRISTENING BY IMMERSION?
What is believer’s baptism/christening by immersion? What is the purpose of it, since salvation is “by grace through faith” (Ephesians 2:8,9)?
Baptism/Christening by immersion is a representation of something which has already taken place in the heart of a person the moment he/she surrendered their life to Christ (1 Pet. 3:21). Baptism/Christening is the public acknowledgement of our death to self, burial, and resurrection of a new life we have found in Jesus Christ.
As a believer, we have been “crucified” (standing upright in water), we have been “buried” (immersed into the water), and we have been “resurrected into new life” (raised out of the water). This becomes a picture of a spiritual birth as defined in Rom. 6:3-5 and 1 Corinthians 12:13. It is the outward testimony of the believer’s inward faith. A sinner is saved the moment their faith is placed in the person of Jesus Christ. Baptism/Christening then, is a visible and public testimony to that faith.
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