Believer's Baptism In Water

Man about to be baptised in river

Man going under the water

Man rising out of the water after being baptised

• Dying to our old sinful way of life   • Rising to new life in Jesus 
Photos: © Gwen Paget 

Jesus' Baptism In Water: An Example To Follow    MATTHEW 3:13-17

Q  Why was Jesus baptised, when he had fulfilled all the requirements of
    the Law of  Moses?

Q  What two things happened next? (verses 16-17)


1. Jesus' baptism was not for the forgiveness of sinsĀ  - he had not sinned
    JOHN 8:42-46; 2 CORINTHIANS 5:21; HEBREWS 4:15

2. Jesus' baptism in water was accompanied simultaneously by baptism
    in Spirit to empower him for the ministry God had given him.

3. Jesus' baptism in Spirit was an affirmation of the Father's love (v 16)

4. Jesus' baptism in water & in Spirit is an example for his disciples to
     follow as a  public declaration to God, to the enemy and to the world
    that a person has had a personal encounter with God through faith in
    Jesus Christ.

5. Jesus' Great Commission to the disciples was to go and make disciples
    of  all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, the Son and
    the Holy Spirit, and teaching them everything Jesus had taught his
    disciples (preaching the good news, healing the sick and setting the
    captives free)  MATTHEW 28:18-2O

Paul On The Significance Of Believer's Baptism In Water ROMANS 6:1-14

In ROMANS Chapter 6 Paul describes how believer's baptism in water is a powerful symbol of what has happened when a person is born again from above by the Holy Spirit. He says it is a picture of -

DYING TO THE OLD LIFE where we rebelled against God and wanted to go our own way

RISING UP OUT OF THE WATER as a picture of our new resurrection life in the Spirit.

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