1. It shows you how to get to Heaven from here. 2 Timothy 3:15 “And that from a child thou hastknown the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” 2. It shows you how to live after you know that you are going to Heaven. John 10:10 “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” 3. It gives you spiritual understanding. Psalm 119:130 “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” 4. It shows you what is right. 2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” Doctrine means what is right according to the Word of God. Reproof shows what is not right. Correction shows me how to get right. Instruction in righteousness helps me to stay right. 5. It changes you. Isaiah 55:10-11 “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Psalm 19:7-19 “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.”
God wrote the Bible. He used human instruments to record His words. 2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God.” 2 Peter 1:21 “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” Over the course of about 1,600 years, God moved 40 different men as “ink pens” to write His Words from Heaven. A pen does not choose the contents of a letter, but the author who is moving the pen chooses the words. The pen just records onto the page what the author desires. We believe that God has inspired and preserved His Word for English speaking people in the King James Versionof the Bible. The Word of God existed in Heaven before the world began. Psalm 119:89 “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.” The Word of God is eternal and will never fade away. Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” 1 Peter 1:23 “by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
The Bible is unlike any other book. It is the only book that answers man’s three basic questions: Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? These questions can not be answered by just any book. Before opening the Bible in search of these answers, let’s first learn more about the Bible. Luke 24:44 “all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.” The Bible is a collection of 66 books split into the Old Testament and the New Testament. The 39 Old Testament Books were written before Jesus Christ’s birth, and the 27 New Testament books were written afterward.The 39 Old Testament books and what they are commonly referred to. Genesis – Deuteronomy Law of MosesJoshua – Esther Book of HistoryJob – Song of Solomon Psalms & PoetryIsaiah – Daniel Major ProphetsHosea – Malachi Minor ProphetsThe 27 New Testament books and what they are commonly referred to.Matthew – John GospelsActs History of the Early ChurchRomans – Philemon Paul’s LettersHebrews – Jude General Letters
Revelations – Prophecy
Why should I be baptized? One reason would be obedience. In Acts 10:48 “And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.” it shows that new believers are commanded to follow their faith with baptism. A second reason is identification. Baptism is a public statement that we are not ashamed of Jesus Christ as it states in Colossians 2:12 “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.” and Romans 10:11 “For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” In Romans 8:37 “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” we see that we are in Christ. Our identity determines our activity and purpose. For example, the wedding vows are what makes a person married. The wedding rings symbolize the vows that were made and identify with each other. Baptism is similar to God’s wedding ring, identifying us with His promise of eternal life. Jesus was willing to identify with our sins on the Cross, so we should not be ashamed to identify with Him in baptism.
What is the method and time for baptism? According to the Bible, only those who have first placed their faith in Jesus may get baptized. Acts 8:36-38 “And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.” The Bible example of baptism is by immersion. The Greek word for baptize is baptizo, which means “to dip, immerse, or submerge.” John 3:23 and Mark 1:9-10 show baptizing is in deep water. Baptizing is normally done shortly after salvation. Acts 16:33 and Acts 2:41 show that in the Bible, most people were baptized immediately or shortly after salvation. I would highly recommend memorizing Romans 10:11, Acts 2:41, Matthew 28:19 or Acts 8:38 to help with your walk with the Lord in this area.
In practical terms, baptism is our first opportunity after salvation to display our obedience to God. As we learned in Ephesians 2:8-9, baptism is not necessary for salvation. It is important to establish a pattern of obedience to God by being baptized according to Scripture. Baptism is necessary for one to please Jesus Christ. Though Jesus did not need salvation from sins, he did set the example for the believer by submitting to baptism. The following are a few reasons why you should be baptized: 1. It is the right and proper thing to do as shown in Matthew 3:13-17 “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Jesus explained to John the Baptist that baptism was needed to “fulfill all righteousness.” That means baptism was the right thing to do after salvation. 2. It marks a changeof life and purpose as noted in Romans 6:4 “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” The Baptist of Jesus Christ marked a change in His life from that of being a carpenter to preparing to bear the Cross for our sin. Paying for the sins of the world was His ultimate purpose for coming. 3. It symbolized His coming death, burial, and resurrection as noted in Romans 6:3-4 “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” The act of baptism pictures the Gospel in three events: the deathof Jesus, the burial of Jesus, and the resurrection of Jesus. Baptism is an outward display of my belief in the Gospel.