Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead.
When we truly believe the Gospel and commit to Christ as our Lord and our Savior, then Jesus would have us declare publicly our Faith in Him. Matthew 10:32-33
Jesus Commands Baptism. It is not a suggestion or an option for His followers. If we are not baptized then we are in a position of disobedience. Matthew 28:19-20
Jesus set the example by being baptized Himself where He identified with sinful humanity. Matt 3:13-17
Since baptism is a command of God, then baptism is an act of obedience that declares your faith in God -1 John
When you follow the Commandments of God, you express Your Love for Jesus - John 14:21
New Followers of Christ were baptized in the early church - Acts 2:37-47 and Acts 8:26-40
Baptism is a picture of two things. The first is what Jesus did for you - He died for your sins, was buried and came
back to life - 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. The second is what has happened to you - You died to an old way of life and
have been raised to live a new life in Jesus - Romans 6:1-5
We do not believe that baptism is required for salvation because salvation does not come by works - Ephesians
2:1-10. However, if a person claims to be a follower of Christ and is disobedient in His first command of baptism
then that person should question whether they have genuinely come to saving faith in Christ.
Prior to the life of Jesus there was the baptism of John (Mark 1:4) – as John the Baptist preached repentance of
sins in preparation for the coming of the Messiah, he baptized people in the Jordan. Those who were baptized by John were showing their faith in John’s message and their need to confess their sin. In Acts 18:24–25, a disciple of John’s named Apollos preaches in Ephesus; however, only knowing the baptism of John and the need for repentance, he needed to be further instructed in the death and resurrection of Christ. Later in the same city, Acts 19:1–7, Paul encounters some more followers of John. These disciples had been baptized for repentance, but they had not heard of the new birth or the Holy Spirit. Paul taught them the whole message of salvation in Christ, and they received the message and were subsequently baptized in Jesus’ name.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13–14; 1 Corinthians 12:13) – John also predicted that Jesus would baptize men with the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11). This is a spiritual baptism, and it is the baptism that saves us. At salvation, we are “immersed” in the Holy Spirit. The Spirit covers us, indwells us, fills us, and makes us a part of the spiritual body of Christ. The baptism of the Spirit is what initiates us into new life in Christ. The first people to experience the baptism of the Spirit were the believers in Acts 2 on the Day of Pentecost. The spiritual entity known as the body of Christ is formed by this baptism: “We were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body” (1 Corinthians 12:13).
Water baptism is for believers. Before we are baptized, we must come to believe that we are sinners in need of salvation (Romans 3:23). We must also believe that Christ died on the cross to pay for our sins, that He was buried, and that He was resurrected to assure our place in heaven (1 Corinthians 15:1–4). When we turn to Jesus, asking Him to forgive our sins and be our Lord and Savior, we are born again by the power of the Holy Spirit. Our eternal salvation is guaranteed, and we begin to die to ourselves and live for Christ (1 Peter 1:3–5). At that time we are scripturally qualified to be baptized.
The fact that water baptism is not a prerequisite for salvation is best seen in the example of a saved man who was not baptized in water—the criminal on the cross (Luke 23:39–43). This self-confessed sinner acknowledged Jesus as his Lord while dying on a cross next to Him. The thief asked for salvation and was forgiven of his sins.