10 key Bible texts about baptism

You’ve been wondering what baptism is… Simple and complex in the same time, take the concept of baptism as a sign or a symbol of a new birth. That’s it. Not a physical birth, of course, but a spiritual one, a renewal of your inner being. Check here some of the key Bible texts on the important topic of baptism.

1. Baptism = certificate of spiritual birth
“Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God. […] Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3,5)

2. Baptism = step to a new life
“Now, when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’ And Peter said to them: ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’.” (Acts 2:37-38)

3. Real role of baptism (symbol)
“Baptism, which corresponds to this [salvation of Noah through the Flood], now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience.” (1 Peter 4:21)

4. An important public testimony
“O man of God […] Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:11-12)

5. To get baptized or not? (does it matter)
“When all the people heard this and the tax collectors too, they declared God just, having been baptized with the baptism of John, but the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the purpose of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.” (Luke 7:29-30)

“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.”
(Mark 16:16)
Jesus Christ
The Son of God

6. Following Christ in death and resurrection
“Do you know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:3-4)

7. A seal/sign for all Christians
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

8. A personal search into your own life
“[Philip] told him the good news about Jesus. And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said: ‘See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?’” (Acts 8:35-36)

9. Why wait?
“The God of our fathers appointed you [Paul] to know his will, to see the Righteous One and to hear a voice from his mouth; for you will be a witness for him to everyone of what you have seen and heard. And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.” (Acts 22:14-16)

10. Baptism with more than water (your future faithlife)
“I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I […] He will baptize you with the Holy spirit and fire” (Matthew 3:11)