Why Be Baptized?

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Why Be Baptized?

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Jesus Commanded it

When looking at the New Testament, we see that there are several reasons why someone should be baptized.  (Some of these reasons may be seen below, in the section dealing with what it means to be baptized.)  But here, we want to begin our study with a very simple explanation:

  • In the great commission (Matthew 28:18-20), we see Jesus commanding his disciples how they should carry their mission of “making disciples of all nations.”  In verse 19, we see that Jesus commands his disciples to baptize new disciples.  Notice the two things he emphasizes: “Baptizing them… and teaching them.”
  • Thus, we might say that baptism is an essential part of being a disciple of Jesus, just as being taught his ways is essential.
  • One might ask, how important was this command to the early church?
  • In Acts 2:38, we see that when people responded to the preaching of the Gospel, Peter instructed them to “Repent and be baptized.”  And this response to the Gospel, baptism, is not an isolated occurrence in the book of Acts – in fact, we may argue that it was the pattern to be followed.

In summary, then, we may say that someone should be baptized because it was commanded by Jesus and it was practiced by the early church in obedience to that command.

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