“Why Rush to be Baptized?”Categories: Acts, Baptism, Baptist, Baptized, Calling on the name of the Lord, Death, Burial, and Resurrection, Faith, Faith alone, Faith only, Forgiveness, God, Obedience, Sinner's prayer
“And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.” (Acts 22.16, ESV)¹
¹Why did Ananias ask Saul “why do you wait”? It is because of what baptism accomplishes. Notice that Ananias told Saul to “be baptized and wash away your sins….” Since baptism in the name of Jesus is for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2.38), one must conclude that it is in baptism where our sins are washed away. Therefore, we can understand the reason Ananias wanted Saul to rush to be baptized; it was because he was still lost in his sins until he obeyed Jesus!
Notice other reasons why we must not wait to be baptized in the name of Jesus:
- Mark 16.16: baptized to be saved
- John 3.5: baptized to enter the kingdom
- Acts 2.38: baptized for the forgiveness of sin
- Rom. 6.3: baptized into Christ
- Rom. 6.4: baptized to walk in newness of life
- 1 Cor. 12.13: baptized into the body of Christ
- Gal. 3.27: baptized to put on Christ
- 1 Peter 3.21: baptism saves you
Simply put, baptism stands between the sinner and salvation! If you’re interested in learning more about baptism and salvation e-mail Bryan Garlock or text 903.308.4905.