Believer's Baptism In Water
The Meaning of "Baptism "
The word "baptism" comes from a Greek word meaning "to immerse, plunge or submerge something or someone in a liquid".
• Cloth was dyed different colours by being baptised in vats of different coloured dyes.
• The same word in Greek was used to describe a ship that had sunk ie was completely submerged
Believer's baptism in the River Jordan Photo:© Gwen Paget
So to baptise means to submerge or immerse a person or thing in water.
Jesus' Baptism In The River Jordan: An Example For Us To Follow
Q What was John the Baptist doing? (vv 1,6)
Q Before people were baptised in water by John, what did they have to do? (vv 2, 6)
Q What does the word repent mean?
Baptism As A Sign Of Confession & Cleansing From Sin
So being baptised in water was a sign of -
1. CLEANSING OF SINS because their sins were forgiven by God after
2. CONFESSION OF SINS & REPENTANCE from their sinful way of life. ACTS 19:1-7
1. BAPTISM ITSELF DOES NOT MAKE A PERSON A CHRISTIAN - only God can do that.
2. BAPTISM IS A SIGN THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS ALREADY DONE A WORK OF GOD'S GRACE
the person has admitted he/she is a sinner in God's eyes, has asked God's forgiveness and has become a new creation as a result of the Holy Spirit causing the person to be 'born again' or 'born from above'.
3. BAPTISM CLEARLY INVOLVES CONFESSION OF SIN, REPENTANCE & FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST,which is why it is sometimes called Believer's Baptism to distinguish it from other forms of baptism practised in different denominations of the Christian Church.
(For an outline of some of the different views on baptism, including infant baptism and baptism as a sacrament go to DIFFERENT VIEWS ON BAPTISM.)
4. BELIEVER'S BAPTISM INVOLVES A PERSON BEING SUBMERGED UNDER WATER so his/her whole body is completely covered from head to toe.