This tire s called “directional.” It is so named because it only can go on the car one way and is designed to use the arrows to help the car go forward in the snow. This is true of water baptism. It is not just something to be done without reason (or direction), instead it gets us going toward many good blessings, as seen in the Bible. We find:
We are baptised in order to be saved. Being saved is future until one is scripturally immersed. Jesus says this plainly in Mark 16:16. Peter says so in Acts 2:38 and writes it in I Peter 3:21
Baptism places one “in Christ.” Incidentally, this is said to be where we find “all spiritual blessings,” like salvation, redemption and reconciliation. See this in the Bible Galatians 3:26,27. Only in baptism is one in Christ. At least that’s what the Bible says.
Only at baptism do we receive the “gift of the Holy Spirit” This is also found in Acts 2:38. This is the gift that keeps on giving, the person who lives within Christians. So, what we reporting from the Bible is that baptism has purpose and direction. In the Acts 2:38 passage, “for” the remission of sins, is from a word which mean unto or into. In the Bible it describes a person walking into the water.
So, what we reporting from the Bible is that baptism has purpose and direction. In the Acts 2:38 passage, “for” the remission of sins, is from a word which mean unto or into. In the Bible it describes a person walking into the water. We hear today, when asked why he or she was baptised, “Well, don’t ask me, ask my parents.” That won’t do. This is a personal decision, not that of another individual. Others say, “ I was baptised because Jesus was.” That falls short too, because Jesus was sinless. That is not a Bible reason. The most prevalent answer to the question is, “I was baptised because all good Christians do that as soon as they are saved.” Definitely wrong. We have no Bible passage that says a saved person is baptized.
It is amazing in, an unfortunate way, that human beings will search in their own repertoire for a reason when the Bible, God’s Word, says it plainly. One is baptised to receive something: remission of sins, gift of the Holy Spirit, salvation, peace with God and made part of the family of God.