What is the purpose of water baptism?
Water baptism is symbolic of our identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection and of our sins being washed away. It is a public declaration of the private decision you have made to follow Christ (Romans 3:23; 6:23; 10:13). As you are immersed underwater, you bury your old, sinful nature, and when you come up out of the water, you experience the new life and resurrection that belong to you through Jesus.
What is the significance of water baptism?
Baptism is a symbol of a covenant and commitment, much like a wedding ring. This ring does not make a couple married; the ring is a symbol to others of the promise and covenant they made in their hearts to each other. Baptism is a demonstration, testifying before God and man of the promise and covenant a persona has made in his heart with Jesus.
At the same time, baptism is more than just a symbol. There is a very real spiritual work that is accomplished in the waters of baptism as God cuts away the old, sin-loving nature from our hearts (Colossians 2:11-12). And when we come up out of the water, we celebrate our new life in Christ!
Who should be water baptized?
All those who have committed themselves to Jesus Christ as their Lord, by turning away from sin and trusting Him, should be baptized. While babies may be dedicated to the Lord from birth (1 Samuel 1:21-24), baptism is reserved for believers. Once you have committed yourself to Jesus Christ and acknowledge Him as Lord, you are ready for water baptism.