Christian baptism is, according to the Bible, an outward testimony of what has  occurred inwardly in a believer’s life. Christian baptism illustrates a  believer’s identification with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. The  Bible declares, “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” (Romans 6:3-4). In Christian  baptism, the action of being immersed in the water symbolizes dying and being  buried with Christ. The action of coming out of the water pictures Christ’s  resurrection.

In Christian baptism, there are two requirements before a  person is baptized: 1) the person being baptized must have trusted in Jesus  Christ as Savior, and 2) the person must understand what baptism signifies. If a  person knows the Lord Jesus as Savior, understands that Christian baptism is a  step of obedience in publicly proclaiming his faith in Christ, and desires to be  baptized, then there is no reason to prevent the believer from being baptized.  According to the Bible, Christian baptism is important because it is a step of  obedience—publicly declaring faith in Christ and commitment to Him—an  identification with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.

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