The Meaning and the Importance of Baptism
Through baptism, God promises us the forgiveness of sins and eternal life (Ac 2:38; Mk 16:15–16). Baptism is an essential step in our life of faith and allows us to make a covenant with God. But at what point should someone be baptized?
Someone who’s drowning is in an emergency and needs help immediately. Our salvation is no exception. The Bible explains that baptism is a ceremony that should be carried out upon realizing God’s words and Christ’s sacrifice. Jesus and His disciples left an example by advocating for immediate baptism.
“And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.”
Although Philip and the eunuch met for the first time, the eunuch was compelled to be baptized once he realized the truth of the Bible. So, Philip honored his urgent desire and baptized him on the side of the road. According to Christ’s teachings, baptism should be carried out as soon as possible.
After studying and realizing God’s will according to the Bible, our next step should be baptism. The disciples always followed God’s will and performed baptism without delay.