Baptism is an important sacrament in the Christian faith. It’s also a topic that has caused many arguments over the years. So let’s examine this issue together, using Scripture as our guide to see if baptism really is a command in both the Old and New Testaments.
Is Baptism A Command
Is baptism a command? Yes.
Baptism is commanded by Christ, the apostles, the Holy Spirit and the Bible. There are over six hundred passages that mention baptism or its equivalent.
- In Matthew 28:19, Jesus commanded His disciples to baptize in order to fulfill all righteousness. This command was repeated by John when He gave them authority to baptize people during his ministry (see Mark 16:15).
- When Paul preached in Ephesus, he said that Jesus had given him a new commission: “And God has placed some of us as apostles last-of-all with this ministry which we have received from our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:9). One of the things Paul did under this new commission was to baptize converts into Christ’s death and resurrection so that they could be joined together with Him (see Romans 6).
Was it a command during the Old Testament period? Yes, it was.
Baptism is also a command in the Old Testament. In fact, Jesus himself was baptized by John (Matthew 3:13-17). He wasn’t just symbolically washing his sins away; he was actually obeying God’s command to be baptized as a sign of repentance and regeneration.
God commanded that all converts be baptized into his covenant family through water baptism (1 Peter 3:18-22). This new covenant signified our death to sin, burial with Christ and resurrection with him (Romans 6:3-6). And it points us toward our final resurrection on the last day when we will be like him (1 Corinthians 15:49)—fully redeemed and restored as children of God!
Was baptism a command in the New Testament? Yes, it was.
Yes, it was.
Baptism was a command in the New Testament. The Bible tells us straight out that Jesus commanded people to be baptized. This is not a suggestion from Jesus; this is an order from our Lord with consequences for those who disobey him and his word. In Matthew 28:19, Jesus said, “[Go] therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” This instruction given by our Lord two thousand years ago still stands today as an imperative command to all Christians who are planning on being obedient children of God: Be baptized!
It’s important to note here that baptism itself must be done according to Christ’s instructions if we are going to reap its benefits in salvation (Matthew 28:19-20). The next question we’ll look at is whether or not there are any rules against getting baptized more than once…
Can baptism be compared to circumcision?
Baptism and circumcision are not the same. Baptism is an outward expression of an inward faith. It is not a requirement for salvation, but it is often the first act of obedience a new believer takes in Christ.
Like circumcision, baptism can be understood to represent spiritual cleansing and renewal (Colossians 2:11). However, unlike circumcision which was performed on infants, baptism requires conscious affirmation by an adult who wants to identify with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection—an act that reflects their belief in Him as Savior.
Does baptism save you?
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward faith. It is a command, sign of repentance and a sign of faith. Baptism also represents obedience and cleansing from sin.
Baptism is one of the most important doctrines in the Bible. It shows God’s mercy and grace because he saves us from our sins by his grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8). It also illustrates that we are all sinners who need to repent for our sins before we can be saved by God’s mercy through Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
Baptism is not only important because it shows our need for salvation but also because it is one way we show others that they are saved by God’s grace through their faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38).
Baptism is a command in both the Old and New Testaments and is an outward expression of an inward faith.
Baptism is a command in both the Old and New Testaments and is an outward expression of an inward faith. It is both a sign of repentance and a seal of salvation (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Rom 6:3-4). In addition, baptism washes away sins (1 Peter 3:21) and cleanses us from all unrighteousness (Acts 22:16).
Baptism is a command in both the Old and New Testaments. It is an outward expression of an inward faith. Baptism does not save you, but it does demonstrate your faith in Jesus Christ.