“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved,” Mark 16:16.

Paul through the Holy Spirit wrote that there is “one Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5). The religious world today promotes several types of baptism. Which baptism is THE baptism Paul described?

The Bible clearly states that baptism involved water. John baptized in Aenon because there was much water (John 3:2). When Jesus was baptized (Matthew 3:16), He came straight up out of the water. When Philip taught the official from Egypt, the official said, “Here is water. What is to keep me from being baptized?” (Acts 8: 37). After the baptism, they both came up out of the water (Acts 8:39).

The Bible clearly states that baptism is a burial. Paul declares, “We are buried with Him by baptism” (Romans 6:4). He repeats this fact in Colossians 2:12 when he writes that we are to be buried with Christ. Our sinful selves must be buried with Him, encountering His blood (Revelation 1:5), and having our sins removed (Acts 22:16). The Greek word for ‘baptism’ is ‘baptizo’ which means immersion.

Jesus became the author of eternal salvation to those who obey (Hebrews 5:9). Who do you trust for your eternal salvation--Jesus or religious leaders who have changed the meaning of baptism hundreds of years after Jesus’ life? At Brown Trail church of Christ, we strive to do Bible things in Bible ways. If God said baptism was a burial, then that settles it! Please feel free to contact any of our elders and deacons if you have a question about baptism or your salvation.