Baptism Questions and Answers
What is Baptism?
Baptism is more than just plain water. The water used in baptisms is wrapped in God’s command and combined with God’s word.
What does God’s Word say about Baptism?
Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Matthew, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” [Matt. 28:19]
Christ also says in the last chapter of Mark, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” [Mark 16:16]
What are the benefits of Baptism?
Baptism forgives our sins, rescues us from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe the words and promises of God.
How can water do such incredible things?
Certainly not just water, but the word of God in and with the water does these things, along with the faith which trusts the Word of God in the water. For without God’s word, the water has no salvific qualities. Imbued with the word of God, the water becomes something more; that is, a life-giving water that is rich in grace.
As Faith says in the third chapter of Titus:
“He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying.” [Titus 3:5–8]
What does such baptizing with water indicate?
It indicates that the Old Adam in us should by daily contrition and repentance be drowned and die with all sins and evil desires, and that a new man should daily emerge and arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.
Where is this written?
Faith writes in Romans chapter six, “We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glow of the Father, we too may live a new life.” [Rom. 6:4]