The eunuch returned to Ethiopia rejoicing, and planted the seeds of the Church of Jesus Christ there, the results of which are still evident today, nearly 2,000 years later. The joy of salvation and baptism so filled the jailer’s heart, he rejoiced with all his household.
Today many seek for joy in ways that are not pleasing to God. There is no lasting joy apart from God. “Thou dost show me the path of life; in Thy presence there is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11). As you follow His path, which leads to baptism, you too will be rejoicing. For there is a direct connection in the Bible between water baptism and joy. A deep, spiritual, lasting joy as a result of obeying God.
Many more reasons why we should be baptized could be listed. But these are sufficient to show the emphasis God has placed on baptism.
BAPTISM – GOD’S COMMAND
“WHY should we be baptized?” Because of the glorious testimony and blessed experience of water baptism. Because it is an essential step in God’s plan for THE ONLY FOUNDATION for our lives. Above all, God has commanded us to be baptized in the Bible way. Even if we do not understand all the reasons and spiritual meanings of water baptism, this one fact should compel us to obey the Lord: it is His command. He said:
“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me: and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” (John 14:21).
The real proof of our love for Christ is not our words, not all the many things we do for Him, not our prayers, not our Bible reading, not our going to church, although all these things have their place. The real proof is this – do we keep His commandments? “I hasten and do not delay to keep Thy commandments” (Psalm 119:60). Are you hastening to keep His commandment to “Be baptized every one of you”? God’s Word says:
“He commanded them to be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ” (Acts 10:48).