What is the meaning and purpose of Baptism?
The work of the cross is God’s offer of life…
Baptism is our acceptance.
There are many teachings and many traditions regarding the subject of baptism. This has long been one of the most controversial points of doctrine since the church began. The goal of this website is to explore strictly what is written on the topic in the New Testament scriptures themselves. We will look at the scriptures on baptism in question first and let God’s Word speak for itself.
“For all flesh is as grass and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall away: But the word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”
– I Peter 1:24-25
…and pay close attention, for
He who rejects me, and doesn’t receive my sayings, has one who judges him. The word that I spoke, the same will judge him in the last day. –John 12:48
So let us not allow the traditions of men to come before the Word of God as revealed in the scriptures. Christ spoke of this inclination of people…
“-making void the word of God by your tradition, which you have handed down. You do many things like this.”
and He condemned it.
Let us remember instead that those who are blessed are those that obey and KEEP God’s Word:
But he said, “On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God,
and keep it.” – Luke 11:28
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”
For the purposes of the rest of the discussion, it will be noted that the mode of baptism is used in the definition of full water immersion. The Greek for the word ‘baptizo’ means to immerse, plunge, dip, or bury in water. The very Greek word itself excludes it from meaning “sprinkling.”