“We know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the sinful body might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For he who has died is freed from sin. For sin shall have no dominion over you” (Romans 6:6,7,14).
“Buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God, Who raised Him from the dead” (Colossians 2:12).
What tongue can tell the blessed deliverance we have in the Cross of Christ! Freed from struggling! Freed from sin! Freed from condemnation, guilt and fear. Sin nailed to the Cross. The old man buried.
We ourselves risen in newness of life. This is the inward experience of those who follow their Lord through the waters of baptism.
4. BAPTISM AND SATAN’S DEFEAT:
”Buried with Him in baptism . . .He disarmed the principalities and powers and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in Him” (Colossians 2:12,15).
In Biblical water baptism, the believer is laying a good and firm foundation! He testifies before Satan, the enemy of God and man, together with all his devils, that the Lord Jesus has triumphed over them all in His Cross, and has delivered the believer from their kingdom and powers. Hallelujah!
5. BAPTISM IS A PUBLIC ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF REPENTANCE AND FAITH IN CHRIST:
“Everyone who acknowledges Me before men, I also will acknowledge before My Father Who is in Heaven; but whoever denies Me before men, I also will deny before My Father Who is in Heaven” (Matthew 10:32,33).
The first way a new believer acknowledges his new-found faith in Christ is by being publicly baptized in water. Baptism was no secret thing; but an open, bold testimony before others. And how this public acknowledgement and testimony strengthens our faith and determination to follow Christ! The Lord does not want secret, weak, fearful disciples, and this is the reason why He has commanded believers to “Be baptized” – to acknowledge Him before men.
6. BAPTISM IS A TESTIMONY TO THE ONENESS OF TRUE BELIEVERS IN CHRIST:
“For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:27, 28).
By being baptized, the believer testifies that he or she is equal and one with all other believers in Christ. By the shedding of His blood on the Cross, the Lord Jesus has made all believers in Him “one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us” (Ephesians 2:14 – KJV). In Jesus Christ there is no Jewish Christian, English Christian, African Christian, Indian Christian, no rich or poor Christians, no educated or uneducated Christians, no servants or masters, no black or white, no male or female, no denomination or mission – “for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
So the believer by being baptized acknowledges this equality and oneness in Christ with all other Christians in the world who have trusted in Christ and been baptized in the Bible way. Any baptized believer still holding in his or her mind any kind of class consciousness, racial prejudice, denominational feeling, or attitude of superiority over other Christians, is living contrary to the truth and testimony of baptism, and needs to repent and be cleansed afresh in the blood of Christ.
7. BAPTISM AND THE PURPOSE OF GOD:
”But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the purpose of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him” (Luke 7:30).