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The Great Commission-Part II

Baptism by Water

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”Amen. Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV)

In Part I of this devotional series we learned The Great Commission is the instruction by Jesus Christ to each of His disciples to reproduce themselves, as He said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…” Once we have shared the gospel message with someone and they have received Jesus as Lord and Savior, we are to be, “baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…

The baptism Jesus was referring to here in this scripture is water baptism, and we see this clearly being done as Philip evangelized the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts chapter 8. The eunuch asked Philip, "What hinders me from being baptized?" In other words, "What do I need to do before I can be baptized?" Philip's answer to this question is very important because it sets a precedent for Christian doctrine:

Then Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. (Acts 8:37-38 NKJV) 

When one believes in Jesus, he or she is saying, “I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins, and I believe He rose again on the third day and is alive. I appropriate what He did upon the cross as my only means by which I believe I am saved.” They are going on record by this simple confession and belief to accept and receive Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.

I would also point out, Jesus told us to baptize them in the “name of the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit." This is yet another scripture pointing to the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus is God!

Q:         What is water Baptism?

Well the word “baptism” (pronounced BAP-tizm) is a transliteration of the Greek word Baptisma, meaning an immersion. Every known instance of the use of the word, baptisma found in first century literature either demands or permits the word to be understood as "immerse."  Even so, many churches choose to sprinkle, or pour water over those who desire to be baptized, and call it baptism. 

I believe the reason total immersion into water is used is because it is a symbol of the person dying to their old self and nature, as they’re being buried in baptism with Christ, and then being raised up (resurrected) to walk in newness of life (See Rom 6:3-5).

Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection… Romans 6:3-5 (NKJV)

In Part 3 of The Great Commission devotional series we’ll continue to look at God’s commandment of water baptism, as we look at the reasons why we should be baptized, as well as some misconceptions about baptism.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Romans 6:3-5, what can we learn about water baptism?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you been baptized with water? Have you made a public profession of your faith in Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: If you haven’t been baptized, then I would greatly encourage you to have it done. 

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY:  Father, thank You for giving me the opportunity to be baptized. I fully identify Jesus to be my Lord and my God. I want to walk with You and to have a relationship with You. We praise You in Jesus' precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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