What is baptism, and what does it mean to be baptized? Baptism is the submerging of someone in water, to immerse in water to where the person is completely covered. The word Baptism is from the Greek word “Baptisma”, meaning immersion, to be immersed in water. Submerge, to put or sink below the surface of water. To cover or overflow with water.
The word Baptized is from the Greek word “Baptizo”, meaning to dip, the act of submerging, to wash, to overwhelm.
It is therefore very clear from the very definition how the act of baptism should be performed. As it was in the book of Acts, when the people were baptized, they went down in the water, completely covered. So was the baptism of John as he performed baptism at the Jordon river, the people went down in the water and were completely covered. This is important to note because today many have deviated from the actual act of what baptism is.
The question is not completely answered without knowing what baptism is for. What is its purpose?
Baptism is for the remission of sins. As it is written in Acts chapter 2 verse 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”.
And in the book of Luke our Lord Jesus spoke the same thing, “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem”, Luke 24 verse 47.
To have your sins remiss or washed away, according to the scriptures you must be baptized. God has ordained water to give us access to his blood. To get the benefit of his shed blood we must go down in water.
Who should be baptized? The scripture says everyone!! Acts chapter 2 verse 38.
Jesus also spoke about baptism in Mark chapter 16 verse 16, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned”.
So everyone who has repented and accept Christ as their Lord and saviour must be baptized.
We must not underestimate the critical importance of baptism. As it is written in the scriptures, so must it be also in our lives. We must not attempt to change the word of God. And where there is not much understanding let that person humble himself and seek knowledge, especially if you are in a leadership position. very word that proceed from your mouth you have to give an account for. So if you say the Lord say and he did not say, you have a problem.
The Lord Jesus commanded us to search the scriptures; so therefore let us continue to search the scriptures for in them is eternal life.