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Water Baptism: Believe & Be Baptized
By Sharon Hardy Knotts
A Jewish ritual observed from the time of Moses, water baptism did not originate with John. It was a sign that one was joining himself to a particular faith. When John burst on the scene, he boldly preached repentance, exhorting people to prepare for the coming Messiah, who would baptize them with the Holy Ghost and with fire. When Jesus appeared at the Jordan, He too was baptized of John "to fulfill all righteousness" and went forth in the power of the Spirit preaching repentance and doing signs and wonders.

After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples giving them "the Great Commission" commanding them to spread His Gospel to the ends of the earth after they were endued with the Holy Ghost and power from on high. The Message: Believe on Jesus' death and resurrection, repent, and be baptized. Follow their ministries and observe how this order replays throughout the entire Book of Acts, including the marvelous conversion of Saul of Tarsus, aka Apostle Paul.

Water baptism depicts the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and signifies the new birth of the believer with Christ. It does not save. Only saved believers qualify for water baptism. It also parallels circumcision, which was done away with in Christ. Read now.

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