Baptism is an act of love

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Discover why choosing to be baptised is a powerful way to declare your love for Christ.

Do you believe Jesus loves you more than you ever dreamed? I hope so! Because He proved just how high, how deep and how wide is His love for you when He died on the cross.

Love is empty without actions.

You can tell your friends; your family, pet, or classmates, you love them, but if you’re careless for their needs, ignore them or put yourself first, can you blame them for doubting your words? The book of James says, “Faith without works is dead.” The same is true for Love. Love without action is dead. 

Symbols of love

If you get married, then on your wedding day, rings will be exchanged and then worn for the rest of your days. Now, those wedding rings do not somehow make you married. The vows do that. The rings don't keep you married, either. The commitment does. The rings don't promise a relationship of love. 

So why bother with the rings?!

The rings are an outward expression of an internal love. They declare you are willfully in a covenant relationship with a bride or husband. Now, let’s say you don't wear your ring. Does that mean you are not married? No. Does it mean you no longer love your spouse? Probably not. It does, however, give cause for consideration. Why, if you love him/her as you profess, would you not want the whole world to see. If love is true, action always follows. Love cannot help itself. It just overflows. 

Making a commitment

Rings are not worn by the bride and groom until after vows are made.  The confession of love and acceptance of relationship responsibility comes first. Similarly, when you choose to be baptized, it comes after you've invited Christ into your heart, and given up your life, plans, sin, and selfish wants in order to follow Him.

Baptism is not salvation. Baptism does not put the Spirit in your heart or secure your eternal destination. No, baptism acknowledges the One who already has done the saving work. The only way we’re eternally secure is by surrendering our whole, imperfect life to Christ. Baptism is an outward expression of inward faith. 

Why should I get baptised?

Baptism won't change whether or not you are saved—it is your opportunity to announce your love, to wear your ring, and tell this world, “I’m taken, washed, and loved.” 

In baptism, going under water reminds us we are washed by the blood of Christ. Our old, helpless selves are buried in His death. New life is represented by rising from the water. Jesus rose from the grave to grant new life, today. One day God’s children will resurrect with him forever. 

God won't love you more if you get baptised

John 3:16 is a visible verse in our world. From tattoos to ballparks and billboards to pulpits... it’s no wonder many believers think it’s only elementary. To better understand baptism, let’s consider what this verse does not say.

John 3:16 does NOT read, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him (and gets baptised) should not perish but have eternal life.”

You can do nothing to make God love you more. You can do nothing so terrible to make God love you less.

The only reason God sings over you with love is because your heart is home to Jesus. If this still seems too good to be true, read and memorise Ephesians 2:8.

Baptism is about declaring your love

Baptism is not something you do for your youth pastor or parent. Baptism is something you do for God. It's your way to show your commitment, wear His ring unashamedly, and declare to a world adorned with all things else that you love Him above all else.

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    Andrew

    I think in the end the emphasis is put on the wrong place here. Baptism is primarily about God declaring His love for us in what Jesus has done (In Jesus Death, Burial and Resurrection which is pictured in Baptism).  Only in a secondary sense is it a declaration of our love for him. Sadly I think one reason choose not to get baptised is because of this mix up, causing them to think they are not ready. Yet Baptism is mean to give assurance, not cause people to worry…I’ll stop here.

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    Chris

    The Apostle Peter tells what baptism is.  In I Peter chapter 3 the Apostle compares baptism to the flood during the time of Noah.  Peter didn’t focus on the ark but on the flood.  The flood separated the followers of God from the sinful people.  Peter uses this to explain baptism.  He wrote, “and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.”  (I Peter 3:21 NIV)  A person can say that baptism is an act of love but Peter fully describes it as “a pledge coming from a good conscience.”  Also, remember that the Apostle Paul recounted his conversion by saying that he was told “arise and be baptized and wash away your sins.” (Acts 22:16)  He was already a believer, as a result of his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus.  Yet, even though he was a believer, he was still sinful…Ananias was very plain.  “Washing away sins” can only refer to baptism in that passage.  Some claim that baptism is “work” but, again, look at Paul.  Jesus himeslf told paul to go into Damascus and be told what he must do.  The “doing” is not work where a person is trying to earn salvation.  Rather, it is an act of obedience (stemming from a good conscience.)  Finally, it’s true that John 3:16 does not mention baptism.  But, it also does not mention confession either and Jesus said that those who confessed Him would have their names confessed in Heaven.  Neither does John 3:16 mention repentance but obviously confession and repentance are integral parts of a Christian’s conversion.  So too, according to Paul and Peter, is baptism.