What the Bible Says About Baptism

The subject of water baptism is of debate among religious people. Many Protestants deny its necessity for salvation. Others deny that baptism in water is essential, but contend Holy Spirit baptism is fundamental proof of a person’s salvation. Still other denominations support infant baptism in a form of sprinkling or pouring, but not immersion in water. With so many various teachings on the subject, what does the Bible say about baptism?

Baptism will wash away your sins: 

“Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.” (Acts 22:16)

Baptism is a burial: 

“having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.” (Colossians 2:12)

Baptism is for the forgiveness of your sins: 

“Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)

Baptism puts one into Christ: 

“For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” (Galatians 3:27)

Baptism saves: 

“Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 3:21)

Baptism cleanses a person from their sins, clothes one in fellowship with Christ, and saves a person from their sins. The Bible certainly teaches baptism is essential. A person is to be baptized in water (Acts 10:47-48). Baptism is not merely an outward sign— it works to create a clean conscience, working on the inner man. Let us trust in what the Bible teaches and have faith in the working of God through faith, repentance, and baptism.

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