By Donald Willis
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
October 17, 1974