“…and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.” (NAS) – Colossians 2:11, 12
I. Introduction Biblical Picture of Baptism
Sacrament—An outward sign and seal of what has already happened in the heart.
There are two sacraments in the Bible: Communion and Water Baptism
Water Baptism is done once, AFTER conversion.
II. Definition of Baptism—baptizo (Greek). Our word is a transliteration. The word means “to wholly immerse or to dip in a fluid”
III. Four Types of Baptisms
John the Baptist’s baptism (Matt. 3:1-12) repentance and preparation
Baptism of suffering and martyrdom (Luke 12:50)
Christian (water) baptism
Holy Spirit baptism
IV. Christian Water Baptism
Baptized after salvation
Three conditions to fulfill before baptism
Matt. 28:18-20 – The Great Commission
Baptism needs to done with understanding/teaching
Acts 2:37-38 – need to repent
Mark 16:15-16 – need to believe (personal faith)
What about infant baptism? Not found in the Bible. They cannot meet the three conditions found in Scripture.
Infant Dedication – Luke 2:22 – the parents offer child back to God while promising to raise him/her in the Christian faith.
How soon did baptism occur after salvation?
Acts 8:35-39—Philip and the Ethiopian—immediate
Acts 2:41 and Acts 9:17-18 (Paul was 3 days later)
Final answer—as soon as possible after conditions are met
V. Importance of Christian Water Baptism
Matt. 3:13-17—baptism of Jesus—We are baptized because Jesus gave us an example when He didn’t need it Himself.
Rom. 6:17—Baptism is a landmark, a signpost. A sign and symbol of what has happened to us spiritually—the old life gone, and new life begun. Reminds us that the power of sin has been broken!
New Testament circumcision. The Old Testament sign of circumcision in the physical body was a sign that the person belonged to God. The New Testament sign of belonging to Christ is baptism. Col. 2:11-12 directly likens it to OT circumcision, compared to death and resurrection.
VI. Concluding remarks
Acts 2:38—baptized for the remission of sins. Sins are “rolled back.” Baptism is the entry point to the visible Body of Christ.