The apostle Paul explained that baptism also represents the believer's union with Christ:
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).
Immersion in water symbolises the end of the old way of life. Coming up out of the water represents the new life found in Christ. The person who was previously dead in sin has been made spiritually alive by the same power that raised Jesus from the grave. United with Him, the believer is released from the power of sin.
Paul portrays this life change as putting on new clothes:
. . .for all of you who were baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ (Galatians 3:27).
Water baptism identifies a person as a disciple of Christ and celebrates passage from the old life into new life in Christ. Simply stated, it is an outward sign of an inward change.
Water baptism was established by Jesus when He called His apostles to make disciples of all nations and to baptise them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-20). Christian and Missionary Alliance churches encourage all followers of Jesus to be baptised.If you would like to follow the Lord in baptism please contact Dr Peter Laughlin.