An act of obedience after salvation.
Water baptism is a public, outward testimony that indicates a personal, inward faith. It gives evidence of the inner change that has already occurred in the believer’s life when he or she was “born again” through faith in Jesus Christ.
Baptism identifies the believer with the message of the gospel, the Person of Jesus Christ, and other believers. It associates the believer with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and signifies the believer’s death to the old life and his or her resurrection as a new creation in Christ (see Romans 6:1–8; Colossians 2:12).
Matthew 28:19 tells us we are to be baptized because Jesus Christ commanded it and because we love the Lord. Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). Water baptism is not an act of salvation, but an act of obedience.
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