The Meaning and the Importance of Baptism
Jesus’ crucifixion represents our recognition and repentance of sin. Jesus’ burial symbolizes the burial of our sins in water through baptism. And, Jesus’ resurrection corresponds to our commitment to living a new life following Christ. In return for our pledge to live a new life, God promises us salvation (1Pe 3:21).
Baptism is not simply a ritual, but part of the New Covenant. Jesus taught us not only to be baptized but to also follow the teachings of the New Covenant. This includes the Sabbath Day, the Passover, and the rest of the Feasts of God.
Lastly, the baptism through which we can receive all of God’s promises must be performed according to the criteria Jesus left for us 2,000 years ago: in the three names of God.
“‘Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.’”
Matthew 28:19 (NCV)