Baptism is an outward sign—a step of obedience—taken by a disciple of Jesus Christ. Baptism itself does not “save” a person. We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and spiritual death (Eph. 2: 8-9). It is an illustration of an inner conversion that has already taken place within the heart of a believer.
The word to baptize comes from the Greek meaning “to immerse” (with water). “Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (Rom. 6: 3-4)
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