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Truth About Baptism – Colossians 2:11-13

When I received my topic, I had two, almost simultaneous, reactions. Immediately I felt relief that I got baptism instead of homosexuality or racism, but that euphoria was followed by a sense of sadness. Why would baptism be included in a list of controversial subjects? The Bible is quite clear on the subject in both word and demonstration. Only adults are baptized, and they are always immersed. I doubt most people who were not raised in an immersing church really read the Bible and question what it says about baptism. However, they may be reluctant to imply that Mom and Dad or Grandma and Grandpa were wrong about something so important. One thing is for sure, refusing to do what the Bible says won’t make what anyone else did, or didn’t do, any more right or wrong. But, for anyone who reads and understands the Bible, the scripture is clear. “Whoever knows what is right to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” James 4:17

But even with those arguments to the side, baptism is still a point of discussion and, sometimes, disagreement among Christians. Does being baptized make someone a Christian? Without belief…. No. Without belief, you’re not being baptized; you’re just being dunked. Each step is important. How can anyone say if belief, repentance, or confession is more important? Each one is vital, but baptism is unique and special. When you are baptized, you are buried with Christ. You come in contact with the precious blood of Jesus. Your sins are forgiven and you receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Why would anyone want to pass on any of that? But it just keeps getting better. You are a new creation and you become part of the body of Christ. You get to walk with Jesus every day. Better still is the best and final promise found in Romans 6:5 ….
“For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.”

Bill Clem

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