Your decision to be Baptized is the most important one you will make in this life. God has begun to work in your life in some marvelous ways.
GOD IS SO GOOD! It is hard to believe that when we respond to Him in simple faith, He does so much for us in return. Yet we believe it, and because we do, we can be assured of some astounding truths.
1. By being baptized, you have been born into the kingdom and family of God.
Jesus said in John 3:5, “I tell you the truth, unless a man is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”
On the day of Pentecost, Peter made it clear that when we are baptized by faith, in water, we are also born of the Spirit. He said in Acts 2:38, “Repent and be baptized, everyone one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
In fact, it is the Holy Spirit living within us that marks us as a child of God and part of His family. Paul says in Romans, “You however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ… For you did not receive a Spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, ‘Father,’ The Spirit testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children, Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and coheirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.” – Romans 8:9, 15-17.
You can claim God as your Father, because when you were baptized, His Spirit was given to you!
2. In Baptism your sins were washed away!
We know that God would not bring spiritual children into His family who were still covered in sin.
This means your baptism or new birth carries with it the forgiveness of your sins. God has wiped the slate clean of all past sins in your life, and He has given you a new beginning.
- That is precisely what Peter offered those on the day of Pentecost. Baptism was given “so that your sins may be forgiven” - Acts 2:38.
- When Paul was baptized, he was told to do it in order to “wash away his sins” – Acts 22:16.
- Peter tells us in 1 Peter 3:21 that baptism is “an appeal to God for a clear conscience.”
Obviously no one who is carrying around unforgiven sin could claim a clear conscience! That is why it is important to understand God’s promise that your sins have been forgiven!
3. When you were baptized, God Himself added you to HIS Church - Acts 2:41.
The church consists of all those who’ve been forgiven, and have God as their Father. This means you have become an important part the local Church family and of a universal family of believers in Christ. You have innumerable new brothers and sisters all over the world!
4. Because you have trusted Jesus and have been baptized into him you can claim the promise of salvation.
Jesus said in Mark 16:16, “He who believes and is baptized shall be saved.”
Peter says in 1 Peter 3:21, ‘baptism now saves.” Baptism by faith in Christ Jesus marks the beginning of a saving relationship with God. You can be assured that you have been transferred from the realm of the lost, to the realm of the saved!
One of the interesting things to observe as you read through the book of Acts is the response of people who accepted Christ in baptism. Invariably the Bible says they went on their way rejoicing as we see in Acts 2:46-47; 8:8; 10:46-48; 16:34. A new joy was brought into their lives because the Spirit of God was given to them to mark them as children of God. They knew their sins had been forgiven, that they had become an important part of the family of God. We are so grateful that you too, have come to know that joy in Christ Jesus!
QUESTIONS FOR REVIEW AND STUDY
1. What does it mean to be born again according to John 3:5?
2. Have YOU been born again? How do you know according to John 3:5; Acts 2:38?
3. What does Romans 8:15-17 say marks us as being children of God?
4. When did you receive the Spirit of God in your life according to Acts 2:38?
5. What does the Bible say happens to our sin when we are faithfully baptized into Christ in Acts 2:38; 22:16: 1 Peter 3:21?
6. Have you been saved? How do you know according to Ephesians 2:8-10, Mark 16:16, & 1 Peter 3:21?
7. The early Christians went on their way rejoicing because in baptism they had met the Lord and they knew that they had been saved. How do you feel now that you have been immersed?