Why Be Baptized?

A very miserable man was waiting in the ancient city of Damascus for the most important information of his entire life. Not only was he miserable, he was confused. He was blind and had not eaten for three days. The Lord had appeared to this man, Saul of Tarsus, at the very time Saul was on a mission to persecute those who were followers of Jesus Christ.

On the way he had seen a brilliantly bright light that struck him blind. In his confusion he sought an answer: “Who are you Lord?” The divine reply was, “ I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.” The Lord told him to go into the city of Damascus and wait for further instructions. He learned that a very simple thing was required.

A chosen messenger gave Saul the Lord’s requirement. “And now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on his name” – Acts 22:16. He could have asked, “How can water baptism wash my sins away?” but he didn’t — he just obeyed. He was obedient and was baptized to wash away his sins. He told a king, “I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision” – Acts 26:19.

Reader – have you become obedient to the same requirements Jesus laid on the great apostle Paul? Without obedience that is the same as Saul’s, how can one have sins washed away?

A very famous Baptist scholar wrote of this verse, “This clause states a result of baptism in language derived from the nature of that ordinance. It answers to ‘for the remission of sins,’ in 2:38, -- i.e. submit to the rite in order to be forgiven.” – Horation B. Hackett, American Commentary on Acts.

The man is right. Do you agree? Baptism is far from being unimportant or unnecessary. - DRS

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