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September 27, 2016, 5:38 PM

The Purpose of Baptism

John 17:11 “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. 

Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as 

we are.”

Romans 6:3, 4 “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized 

into his death?  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was 

raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of 


Baptism comes from the Gr. word “Baptizo” which means to “dip” or “dye”.  Other word are to 

“Immerse” or “submerge”.   

Baptism was begun somewhere during the period between the Testaments.  Some say it goes all the 

way back to the Laver in the Tabernacle.  Of course the imagery goes back to Noah’s Flood, 

Abram’s crossing, the coming out of Egypt by the Nation of Israel, and Joshua’s crossing of the 


Jews used a Mikvah, submerged the candidate, pronounced the name of God over the candidate, and 

the candidate was then given a new name.  Mikvah’s have been found all over the Holy Land.
Baptism was not strange to the NT even before Jesus ministry, as John the Baptist came baptizing 

in Jordan.

Notice, if sprinkling would have been sufficient, John could have just went with a pitcher 

baptizing.  But he had people coming to him.
John’s baptism was evidently predicated on the Messiah coming to remit sins.
Mark 1:4 “John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the 

remission of sins.”

John 1:29 “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, 

which taketh away the sin of the world.”

Of course, once Jesus had fulfilled the Gospel, John’s disciples had to be re-baptized.
Jesus also baptized, or had people baptized during His ministry.  This was a sign of 

discipleship and commitment to Jesus as Messiah.

John 4:1, 2 “When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and 

baptized more disciples than John, (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)”
Jesus commanded his disciples to baptize people after His resurrection. 

Matthew 28:19, 20 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the 

Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I 

have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Mark 16:15, 16 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every 

creature.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be 


Luke 24:47 “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all 

nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”

John 20:23 “Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye 

retain, they are retained.”

Acts 2:38 “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of 

Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
So this is still the Great Commission today.  Faith in God, repentance, baptism in Jesus Name 

for the Remission of sins, Reception of the Holy Ghost, living for God.

Hebrews 9:22 “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of 

blood is no remission.”

Acts 3:19 “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the 

times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;”

Luke 1:77 “To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,”
So knowledge of salvation includes remission of sins.  This is accomplished by obedience to the 

Gospel which includes water baptism for the remission of sins.

Paul puts it like this:  Galatians 1:8, 9 “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any 

other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.  As we 

said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have 

received, let him be accursed.”

Baptism has always been a part of preaching the Gospel.  Let’s look at some more Scriptures.
Acts 2:41 “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were 

added unto them about three thousand souls.”

Acts 8:12 “But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and 

the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”  Acts 8:16 “(For as yet he 

was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)”  This 

shows you must receive the Spirit – He doesn’t come automatically at water baptism.

John 3:5 “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of 

the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”

Acts 8:35, 36 “Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto 

him Jesus.  And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, 

See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?”  This shows preaching Jesus includes 

water baptism.

Acts 9:18 Even the great Apostle Paul needed to get baptized.  “And immediately there fell from 

his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.”

Acts 22:16 also about Paul – “And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away 

thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”

Acts 10:48 – This shows receiving the Holy Ghost is not enough.  You must be baptized.  “And he 

commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain 


Lydia, at Philippi was baptized.  “And when she was baptized, and her household…”  Acts 16:15
The Philippian Jailer and his family were baptized immediately in the middle of the night – “And 

he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all 

his, straightway.”  Acts 16:33

Acts 18:8 The Corinthians were baptized “And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed 

on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were 


John’s Disciples were rebaptized.  Acts 19:5 “When they heard this, they were baptized in the 

name of the Lord Jesus.”

In our Text we saw that the Romans were baptized.
The Corinthians had water and Spirit baptism “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but 

ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our 

God.”  I Cor. 6:11

The Red Sea and Shekinah were typological of the New Birth experience.  “And were all baptized 

unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;” I Cor. 10:2

The churches in Galatian were baptized “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ 

have put on Christ.”  Galatians 3:27

The Ephesians knew there was only 1 baptism.  “One Lord, one faith, one baptism,” Ephesians 4:5

The Colossian Church was baptized “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with 

him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.”  Colossians 


Water and Spirit baptism were known as foundational doctrines of the early Church.  “Of the 

doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal 


Baptism was typified in Noah’s flood, and saves us.  “The like figure whereunto even baptism 

doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good 

conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:” I Peter 3:21

Titus 3:5 shows the New Birth of both Baptisms.  “Not by works of righteousness which we have 

done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of 

the Holy Ghost;”

Hebrews 10:22 “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts 

sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”

Baptism plays an integral role in belonging to Jesus, and being born again.  It is not an 

option.  It should be done by immersion in Jesus Name.  People not filled with the Holy Ghost 

should then seek the Holy Ghost at that point.  Those that have, should then desire to learn, 

live and obey all the commands of God.  Those preaching another Gospel knowingly are accursed.  

Heaven and Hell choice!


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