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
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 God the Father's love (verse 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
     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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