Jesus commanded that we baptize. It is a public sign of our faith.
For salvation itself, however, it does not play a role. Salvation comes only through faith in that which Jesus did for us on the cross.
Baptism alone cannot save us, but it does have major effects:
it supports us in resisting the Devil, and allows us to appear as one with Jesus Christ.
The Greek word for baptism (or “baptizo”) literally means:
“To dip someone into a solution and to remove them from a different one.”
The right baptism
The following conditions must be fulfilled for a genuine baptism: the person must have chosen to receive Jesus.
No one can be saved by accident. It does not help if someone believes in your place or absolutely wishes it.
Furthermore, the person must understand the basic message of Jesus. Babies and small children cannot understand this.
However, they would get into heaven anyway, should they die, because they are not yet able to decide in favour of or against Jesus.
Many people who were baptized as a baby are therefore baptized again as an adult.
In the New Testament, people who choose to receive Jesus are baptized shortly after.
For example, when 3000 people chose to receive Jesus during a sermon by Peter, they were baptized on the same day.
There is no example of people waiting for baptism for more than a couple of days.
One had given one’s life to Jesus and begun a new life – so why wait?
But if someone does not decide to be baptized for a few years, they would certainly not be turned away.
It is never too late. Baptism is an important step that should be made consciously.
The command of Jesus
In Matthew 28:18b-20 Jesus is on the mountain in Galilee and commands his disciples:
“All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (note from the author: as an expression of belonging): teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Would you like to find out more about baptism? Here is a brochure that takes a close look at the topic “Water Baptism” and will encourage you to take this step if you have not already done so.