The word baptise means to immerse. In the bible a person would be baptised (or immersed under water) to symbolise that they are starting a new life. For instance, they would walk into a river and then someone would lower them under the water and then lift them back up. This was to demonstrate that their old life was being washed away and they were living a new life for God.
People from Jerusalem and from all over the Jordan Valley, and, in fact, from every section of Judea went out to the wilderness to hear John the Baptist preach, and when they confessed their sins, he baptised them in the Jordan River. (Matthew 3:5-6)
After the death and resurrection of Jesus, water baptism became even more significant as the waters now represented a grave. A person being baptised was showing that they have “died with Jesus” and have been raised up to live a new life with Him.
Or didn't you realize we packed up and left there for good? That is what happened in baptism. When we went under the water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace—a new life in a new land! That's what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. (Romans 6:3-4)
Your baptism is an outward demonstration of an inward work. You have died with Christ and have been raised from the dead (spiritually). When you are baptised your body is lowered into the water (the grave) and then you are raised up again (resurrection). The bible instructs those who have been saved to be baptised in water, so I encourage you to be baptised at the first opportunity. It is a chance for you to show others what Jesus has done for you.
Peter said, "Change your life. Turn to God and be baptised, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, so your sins are forgiven. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38)
You may like to listen to this message by Pastor Peter Lewis that he preached at a water baptismal service, titled "What Should I Do After I Have Been Baptised?"
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