Text: Romans 6:4
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
John 3:1-5; Mark 16:15-16.
Upon the finished work of Christ on the cross, salvation is based on belief and baptism. To be a candidate of the Kingdom of God you need to be born again. To be born again is to be born of water and of the Spirit. In essence, anyone who believes in his heart and confesses with his mouth that Jesus is Lord has the door opened unto him for salvation. His instant salvation is assured only at the point of his baptism. These are purely spiritual affairs which are inexplicable to the canal mind. It is crucial to observe the example of Christ who allowed John to baptize Him to fulfill all righteousness. Your baptism is symbolic of the death of the old man in you and the resurrection of the new man with Christ thereby having the capability to live by Christ thenceforth. Your refusal to be baptized by immersion is actually the ploy of your enemy to deny you of the kingdom. The moment the Ethiopian eunuch believed after hearing the exposition of the scripture from Philip, the next thing he demanded was baptism to complete the process. It is time you start handling spiritual things as they should be handled, to wit, precept upon precept and line upon line. Half obedience is tantamount to disobedience and nauseates our God. Once you fulfill this requirement, then you are guaranteed of help for you to walk in newness of life.
Father, I surrender my totality unto you: do guide me to do exactly what you will that I do in Jesus name.