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How Should I Be Baptized?
by Danny Boggs
Jesus said, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved…” (Mark 16:16). In God’s plan, the salvation of our souls requires belief and baptism. How should I be baptized? Is the Bible specific? The answer is vivid.
An Ethiopian man read his Bible as he rode in a chariot through the open country. With the careful help of a Christian named Philip, he came to believe the gospel. It made him want to be baptized right away. How? “And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, ‘See, here is water! What hinders me from being baptized?’” (Acts 8:36). That baptism involved water.
What happened with the water? “And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.” When they came up out of the water, the Ethiopian rejoiced (Acts 8:38). They went down into the water and came up out of it. As reflected in this story, the Lord requires us to be immersed in water.
No wonder Romans 6:3-4 says, “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” How could sprinkling or pouring a little water on top of the head communicate the momentous meaning of baptism?
If you have not been immersed in water in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, what hinders you?