Ten blessings of baptism

What are the blessings of Baptism? What does the Bible say baptism does for us? Perhaps we are under the impression that baptism does only one thing – save. Others suggest that though it is a good thing to do that it has little or no bearing on our salvation. Make no mistake, it does, but submitting to baptism does many other things for us, too.

Baptism’s Blessings

  • It enables us to enter the Kingdom of God (John 3:3,5).
  • It gives us the Holy Spirit as a gift (Acts 2:38).
  • It washes our sins away (Acts 22:16).
  • It allows us to live a new life (Romans 6:3,4).
  • It frees us from sin’s mastery (Romans 6:6,12).
  • It is a source of unity amongst Christians (1 Corinthians 12:13,14).
  • We are adopted into God’s family as sons and daughters! (Galatians 3:26,27).
  • We begin to resemble Christ (Galatians 3:26,27).
  • Baptism Saves Us (1 Peter 3:21).
  • In baptism, we receive forgiveness of Sins (Acts 2:38).

Baptism supplies us with multiple blessings, all promised at the completion of this wonderful, meaningful, essential ceremony. Which one of these blessing do you think we can live without and still be successful in life?

Baptism and Marriage

1 Peter 3:21 refers to baptism as a “promise,” or “pledge” of a good conscience. The term “pledge” refers to a solemn promise, made under oath before witnesses. A somewhat old-fashioned phrase heard at weddings is the following: “I pledge my troth.” Have you ever thought about the parallels between baptism and a wedding?

  • Both are memorable, beautiful ceremonies that intended to solemnize the relationship.
  • There is a temptation to emphasize that same beautiful ceremony to the detriment of the relationship that should follow.
  •  A “pledge” or promise to remain faithful for life is implied in both.
  • Those who are living together but did not get married, or those who were baptized, are “living in sin.”
  • You can put your finger on the moment when you went from “single” to “married,” or from sinner to Christian.
  • Forever after, that moment will serve as inspiration for those who remember it.

Baptism is the deepest, most emotionally moving, motivational event in the believer’s life. As powerful as hearing a national anthem played, or a school fight song sung might be, seeing someone plunged into the blood of Jesus a sinner and rising to walk in “newness of life” (Romans 3:3,4) is still the most powerful even one can experience.

Considering all these blessings, is there any reason sufficiently compelling to not be baptized?

 

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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