What is the Meaning of Baptism?
The meaning of baptism – and this is something so many people miss – is “washing”.
And there is only one washing that is necessary, and that is the washing away of our sins by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
This is an action that God performs and not man.
Those who are in Christ – that is – those for whom Christ has suffered and died for have had their sins completely paid for and God looks upon them as completely innocent and free from all of the filthiness and defilement of sin.
All of the demands of the law that follow up on sin, namely – that there is to be a judgment day – there is to be a penalty imposed – a sentence has to be passed – ALL of that has been taken care of by the Lord Jesus Christ on behalf of His people so that even though we have commited a multitude of sins and every human being has, nevertheless, all of the demands of God’s law and justice have been forever satisfied!
All of the believer’s sins, all of our guilt, has been washed away!
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Not by the waters of baptism which was simply a sign, but by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ!
So where does water baptism come into this?
Water baptism was a sign, or a picture of this washing…to signify the washing away of our sins. But this sign, this picture of physical water being used in itself cannot assist in any form, to any degree whatsoever to wash away a single sin.
We have to be washed by God Himself!
Water baptism was simply an outward sign!
It does not and did not wash away sins.
It does not initiate regeneration in any way whatsoever!
It is not an initiation ceremony in order for you to be put on a membership role in a local congregation of a certain denomination, neither is it a “seal” of salvation as others erroneously suppose.
The purpose of water baptism was to give us a picture of salvation. It gives us a picture whereby we may may see that just as water washes dirt from the skin, so we have to have our sins washed away!
Have you been washed from your sins by the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ?