Today's Foundations Devotional: Introduction PART 3: Baptism: From Jordan to Pentecost

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Memory verse

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

(Matthew 28:19)

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Have you ever wondered where the word “baptism” comes from? Did you know that in each instance, a person is baptized “in” something and “into” something else? Did you realise that both Noah’s ark and the Israelites exodus from Egypt described in the Old Testament were types and shadows of New Testament baptisms?

You might have more personal questions about baptism in water, such as: Are there requirements that must be fulfilled before I make the decision to get baptized? How long should I wait before being baptised? Do I need to go to classes to qualify for baptism?

These are some of the many questions that Derek is going to answer for us from the Scriptures.

In this part of your daily study, you will learn the significance of water baptism. Every time it takes place, water baptism is a fresh enactment of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the early church you could not become a full member of the church unless you went through that enactment of the faith that you professed.

The spiritual significance of Christian baptism is three-fold: we are identified with Jesus in His death, burial and resurrection; as we are baptised, we die, we are buried and then raised again to a new life; we die to sin and become alive to Christ. We are baptised in water and into Christ.

Romans 6:4 tells us that, “We were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we should walk in newness of life.” In the old life before baptism we lived in fleshly ways, but the supernatural life that God gives us through the new birth requires supernatural power to live effectively and so gives us the promise of the Holy Spirit.

Remember, the enemy of our souls will do everything he can to prevent people from getting baptized. So persist in your daily study of God’s Word about the water baptism, so you are well prepared and equipped to share with others what you have learned.

Why not, right now, ask the Lord to help you understand the meaning and importance of water baptism, and to guide you to a person who needs to know about it too!

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