Baptism and the Forgiveness of Sins

October 11, 2023
Baptism and the Forgiveness of Sins

The original Greek word for Baptism is Baptisma, which derived from Baptizo, meaning “to dip or sink”. This supported by the fact that Jesus and the eunuch whom Phillip preached to went into water and were baptized (Mt 3:16; Acts 8: 38-39).

Baptism – Ceremony of Burying Sins

Man is mortal. We cannot have life when we are still filled with sin. In order to receive eternal life, our sins must be disposed off. Baptism is the the first step toward receiving God’s favor through which we receive the forgiveness of sins. Baptism is conducted by submerging the whole body in water, which symbolizes the burial of our past sins. The ceremony performed by sprinkling a little water on someone’s head or forehead is different from the biblical baptism.

Colossians 2:12-13 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,

Submerging the whole body in water is like being buried in a tomb. When Jesus died on the cross, He was buried and resurrected from the dead; likewise, we should be baptized to bury our sins in water and receive a new life. Then, when should we be baptized?

Be Baptized Immediately

Baptism is an urgent ceremony which should not be delayed even for a moment.

Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

This is human life. We do not know what will happen tomorrow, or even after an hour. So, we must not put off being baptized.  As soon as we realize the truth, we should receive the sign of salvation.

Let us look at some examples of those who, upon hearing the good news of Jesus, participated in God’s righteousness by being baptized.

Acts 8: 26-30 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

Acts 8: 35-38 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.

A eunuch who was in charge of the treasury of Candace was baptized while traveling along the road, immediately after Philip had testified to him about Christ.

Acts 16: 29-33 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized.

A jailer, who patrolled the gate of the prison where Paul and Silas were confined heard about Jesus. Immediately he and his family came to believe in Jesus, and were baptized. Baptism means the rebirth of our spirit and it is the starting point of our faith in God.

Through baptism, we promise God that we will repent of our past sins and that we will follow the will of God.

Baptism and Rebirth

The kingdom of heaven is a place where our mortal bodies can never step foot. Even though we are slaves to sin and are destined to die, God allows us the opportunity to return to heaven. To enter the eternal kingdom of God, our spirit should be born again.

John 3: 3-5 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.

Jesus said no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. To be born again means to be born a second time, being born of the Spirit. To be born again, our body must first die. For this reason Jesus made atonement for our sins by shedding His precious blood on the cross.

Blessings Through Baptism

Acts 2:8 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Through baptism God promised us the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Through baptism our names can be recorded in the book of life. Baptism is the requirement for us to eat the Passover. Unless we keep the Passover we can not go to heaven. Let us be baptized and have the right to eat the body and drink the blood of Christ, and be born again to enter the eternal kingdom of God.