IS IT NECESSARY?
Do you love God?
Do you love Christ?
Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14.15)
He said that a man’s “rebirth” is essential to entering the kingdom of heaven – “Except a man be born of the water and the Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven” (John 3.5). Baptism is part of the law of the kingdom. Jesus charged his disciples to “…Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world” (Matthew 28.18-20). This Great Commission is a foundational stone of the faith. To question the necessity of baptism is to question God himself – the King.
The Lord asks, “And now, what are you waiting for? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.” Acts 22.16 Baptism is a demonstration of our love for our Master and King; this, in turn, becomes a testimony to others. It is a response of obedience.
Jesus was sinless but he still made his own baptism a priority. He walked some seventy miles to be baptized by his cousin, John the Baptist, in order to “fulfill all righteousness.” Matthew 3.13-15. If Jesus made it a priority for himself, it is certainly necessary for the rest of humanity, all of whom are sinners!