This is one of several parts to biblically explain the reason why as believers we are to be baptized. Please take time to read all the post which will be coming out the next several days. If you have any questions, Let’s Connect.
We constantly stand with people, businesses, and organizations all the time. On my car, you can see there’s a little sticker which says, “I love my church, livingwaters.tv.” I put it on the back because I publicly stand and love my church.
Last year for Super Bowl XI, the whole Atlanta metro area rallied behind our dirty birds, the Atlanta Falcons. The whole area was decked out in black and red. We stood firm and hard, but in the end, the loss brought many tears as the Falcons lost to the Patriots in one of most defeating losses in history.
You may stand with Nike. Maybe you stand with Ford or Chevy cars or an NFL or collegiate team. We always make public statements we are standing with something or someone. You may stand with your child because they are an honor student at an elementary school or middle school.
When Jesus was baptized at the River Jordan, He wasn’t baptized behind a bush so no one could see. He was baptized in the most public place. At the Jordan, it was a centralized source of commerce and social activities. Some may have been washing clothes. Others may have been frolicking in the water. Some may have been fishing and gathering food for their business or family. When He was baptized, He chose the most public place.
Outward Proclamation of an Inward Conversion
Baptism is an outward proclamation of an inward conversion. The Bible says:
“You are all sons of God through faith in Jesus Christ, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourself through Christ.” Galatians 3:26-27
Baptism is an outward expression or an outward proclamation of an inward conversion you belong to God. You worship God. You are a son of God or a daughter of God. You are not your own but clothed with Christ and belong to Him. Why do we do it publicly?
Jesus said, “That whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge Him before My Father in Heaven, but whoever disowns Me before men, I will disown Him before My Father in Heaven.” Matthew 10:32
We do it publicly because inwardly, something happened.
To be continued. . .