Commanded by Jesus
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 28:19).
"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned" (Mark 16:16).
To Wash Away Sins
AAnd now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord@ (Acts 22:16).
AThe like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ@ (1 Pet. 3:21).
Immersion In Water
"And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him" (Acts 8:38).
"Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life" (Romans 6:3-4).
"Buried with him in baptism.. ." (Colossians 2:12).
Puts One Into Christ
"For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ" (Galatians 3:27).
"Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into, his death?" (Romans 6:3).
For All People
"Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons" (Acts 10:34).
"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Acts 2:21).
"Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls" (Acts 2:41).
Truth Magazine, XVIII:49, p. 2