Once you decide to become a follower of Christ, baptism becomes a necessity. If you’ve accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Savior, then it is important to consider being baptized too.
Whiles accepting Christ is something you do privately and in your heart, baptism is the physical representation of that acceptance. It is how you publicly declare that you are indeed a Christian.
Being baptized is very important in every Christian’s life and Jesus Christ led by example by being baptized by John the baptist.
Baptism signifies a moment of rebirth and renewal in a Christian’s life. It signifies the cleansing and washing away of your sins as you accept Christ as your Savior.
While people instantly think of water when the subject of baptism is raised, the bible talks about three different types of baptism. These are baptism by water, baptism by the holy spirit, and baptism by fire. See below for some bible verses about baptism to help you understand more about what the bible says about being baptized.
Bible verses about baptism
Peter replied, Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
1 Peter 3:21
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. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
One Lord, One faith, One baptism.
For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.
1 Corinthians 12:13
For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
Paul said, John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.
1 Corinthians 1:17
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.
For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.
Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Jesus answered, Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.
I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed!
1 Corinthians 1:13
Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?
Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.
People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.
Beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.
In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
1 Corinthians 10:1-2
For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.
1 Corinthians 15:29
Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them?
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.
On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
Although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
Matthew 3:13 -14
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?
1 Corinthians 10:2-3
They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food.
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.