Mathew 3. Forum Discussion

Baptism

Why was Jesus baptized?

Why should we be baptized?

Our focus scripture today can be found at the end of Mathew Chapter 3:

Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him.  But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?”  But Jesus answering said to him, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he permitted Him.  After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him,  and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” – Mathew 3:13-17.

Before we look at why we should be baptized, we will at why Jesus was baptized, in His own words. In Mathew 3:15, Jesus answered John’s question about why He was being baptized this way:

“Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” – Mathew 3:15.

So Jesus said that He was baptized, “To fulfill all righteousness.” Because it was the right thing to do.

Now let us look at how God reacted to His baptism:

“After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him,  and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” – Mathew 3:16-17.

Every child would love to hear those words from their father, “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well-pleased.” It is hard to imagine how special it would be to hear those words directly from God.

There are two things that we can learn from the baptism of Jesus:

  1. Jesus got baptized because it was the right thing to do (“To fulfill all righteousness”).
  2. It pleased God that Jesus was baptized (“This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased”).

Are those enough reasons to be baptized?

Absolutely!! What could be more important than doing what is right, and what pleases God? It is hard to come up with anything that would be a higher priority than both of those things.

There are more reasons that we should be baptized. We will look at those reasons now, along with supporting scriptures:

  1. When we repent and are baptized, our sins are forgiven. Acts 2:38. “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
  2. We receive the Holy Spirit when we are baptized. Acts 2:38 again. “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
  3. It is required to enter the kingdom of God. John 3:5. Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
  4. Baptism, along with belief in Jesus saves us. Mark 16:16. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.”

Thank you, God, for making it so clear to us what you want us to do. Amen

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Mathew 4 and how Satan tried to tempt Jesus three times. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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Minnie J Woolfolk

At Church or a body of water by an ordained Minister

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Pat Dermody
Minnie J Woolfolk

Yes,Minnie, it is a wonderful thing to commit to being baptized. It means we are freely accepting God into our lives and with this we will be empowered by Holy Spirit who will always be with us to guide us as we travel our path to salvation. Just speak with a clergy person. They will be so happy to help you. We are never alone. Good luck with your decision. May it bring you peace.

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Shawn Hart
Minnie J Woolfolk

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 11:1, "Imitate me, just as I al also imitate Christ." Even though Christ did not need baptism Himself, since He was free from sin and already united to both God and the Holy Spirit, He was baptized as a demonstration of righteousness in the eyes of God. When Jesus washes His disciples feet in John 13, He tells them afterwards, "For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you (vs 15)." Today, there are many that try to tell us that baptism is not necessary or required; however, that would also imply that Christ not only taught something non-fundamental, but also performed something that was non-fundamental. I do not believe there is anything about Christ ministry that would suggest such a thing. So to help me, and to simplify the reasoning behind the importance we find concerning baptism in the Bible; I remember these 5 things:

1. Jesus was baptized - Matthew 3:6-16
2. Jesus baptized others - John 3:22
3. Jesus approved of His disciples baptizing - John 4:1-2
4. Jesus taught the necessity/command of baptism - John 3:1-22; Matthew 28:18-20
5. It is part of the story of Jesus - Acts 8:35-38.

I actually wrote my doctoral dissertation on baptism; however, I realized that even with all of the other scriptures that talk about baptism, cleansing, washing, purification, etc., that short list of 5 things has always been enough for me to see the importance and blessing of baptism.

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