When someone believe and confesses faith that Jesus is Lord and rose from the dead and that person repents from one’s sins, then that believer should know the need for baptism (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 8:12; Rom 10:9–10). The believer must believe who Jesus says that he is. He is the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God, the offering for sin forever, the “I am” who is God having came in the flesh (Isa 9:6–7; John 1:1, 14; 8:24, 58; Col 1:15–18; 2:9; Heb 9:26; 10:10–18). He was tempted and is without sin (2 Cor 5:21; Heb 4:14–15; 1 Pet 2:22; 1 John 3:5). Jesus declared, “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am, you will die in your sins” (John 8:24).

Jacksonville FloridaWhen a believer is convinced that person needs one’s sins washed away, then that repentant believer will be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16). When someone really believes and understands that baptism is for salvation, then that person can seriously consider baptism (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:41, 47; 1 Pet 3:21).

When a believer is baptized, that person is baptized through the resurrection (1 Pet 3:21). This is when that believer is born again through the resurrection (1 Pet 1:3). When a believer is immersed in water in Jesus’s name, that person is born again by the water and the Spirit (John 3:5). When someone has repented and is baptized in Jesus’s name, that person is made holy and right by the Spirit (1 Cor 6:11). This is the one baptism in which Christ washed the church in water (Eph 4:5; 5:26). Baptism in Jesus’s name is in water and the forgiveness of sins is in Jesus’s name (Acts 10:43, 47–48). This baptism is immersion by going down into the water (Acts 8:38–39). This is the baptism that Jesus commanded in his resurrection (Matt 28:19–20).

When a believer trusts in Christ’s sacrifice and in His resurrected life, only then can a believer submit to baptism. When a person realizes that the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation, that soul is convinced that Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection is essential, necessary, and vital for salvation (Rom 1:16; 1 Cor. 15:1–4). Only when a believer understands that when baptized, a person has died with Christ, is now buried with Christ in baptism and then raised with Him (Rom 6:3–6; Col 2:12–13). This is when the believer accesses God’s saving grace and the forgiveness of sins. God’s grace saves believers when they are raised up with Christ from death to life (Eph 2:4–6). Anyone who knows the urgency of baptism will arise and be baptized immediately (Acts 16:33; 22:16). “Why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, washing away your sins calling on his name” (Acts 22:16; cf. 1 Pet 3:21).

While these things are necessary to understand the meaning and purpose of baptism in Jesus’s name, there are some other things that will enlighten every life in further understanding baptism. When a believer is baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, that person is made a disciple of Christ (Matt 28:19). Thereby baptism, God adds repentant believers to the church of Christ, God’s precious people (Acts 2:41, 47; 1 Cor 12:13; 1 Pet 2:5, 9). Jesus built His church and bought her with his blood (Matt 16:18; Acts 20:28). Christ is the head of the church (Eph 1:22; Col 1:18; 2:19). “Seek and you will find” (Matt 7:7).

When a believer rises with Christ from baptism, that person is brought into the newness of life having been transformed by the renewing of the mind (Rom 6:4–6; 8:5–6; 12:2). Thereby walking in the light and confessing one’s sins to God the Father, a baptized believer has the cleansing of all sins by Christ’s blood (1 John 1:7, 9). This is the extent of God’s grace. However, by practicing sin, a person falls from grace and is condemned (Gal 5:4, 19–21; Heb 6:1–6). One must continue in the faith and remaining faithful unto death to be saved (Col 1:21–23; Rev 2:10).

Life in Christ only begins when a believer is raised with Christ from baptism,

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Col 3:1–3)