What Exactly Is Baptism?
The word "baptism" as it appears in the Bible means complete immersion in water (the process of submersion in water followed by emergence from the water). Scholars agree that the baptism of the Bible is immersion. The following examples from the Bible substantiate that conclusion:
"As soon as Jesus was baptized, He came up out of the water..." Matthew 3:16.
"Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water..." Acts 8:37, 38.
Note the descriptions of the baptisms - "down into the water," "came up out of the water."
What Is The Significance Of Baptism?
Two descriptive word pictures are given in the Bible to explain what happens at baptism.
"Don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." Romans 6:3-4 (see also Colossians 2:12).
We are identifying with Jesus' experience and demonstrating outwardly in our baptism that:
• We are dying to our old life
• We are burying that old life
• We rise to live the new life
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