BAPTISM AND SALVATION
Matthew 3:13-16 - The Baptism of Jesus
13Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by
John. 14But John tried to deter him, saying "I need to be baptized
by you, and do you come to me?"
15Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to
fulfill all righteousness." Then John consented.
16As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At
that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God
descending like a dove and lighting on him. 17 And a voice from
heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well
What is Baptism?
The immersion of a believer in water symbolizing the complete
renewal and change in the believer's life and testifying to the
death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
People have been baptized when they are born and sometimes
upon death, but this does not give you salvation. Salvation only
comes from God by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ, with a
confession and repentance of sins. Repentance means to turn
away from sin and go the other direction. Once you have done
this, it is time to be baptized.
People who need to be baptized are people who have recognized
Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. They have repented of their
sins, and have made a conscious commitment of their faith to
Jesus Christ. It doesn't matter how old you are, as age is not a
factor in being baptized, only an understanding of God's word. If
the person understands these things, has repented of his sins,
confessed that Jesus is his Lord, and believes God raised him
from the dead, then he is a candidate for baptism. Please don't
wait to ask Christ into your life!
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in
Christ Jesus our Lord."
"That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe
in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be
"Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has
gone, the new has come! 2Corinthians 5:17
If you would like to accept Jesus now, pray the following prayer:
I know I have sinned and I want to ask for your forgiveness. I
believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose again. I ask Him
to come into my heart and be the Lord of my life. I now accept
His offer of eternal life. I will follow Jesus as my Savior and
obey Him in all that I do. Thank You for my new life. In the
name of Jesus I pray.