Matthew 28.19- “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”
- There is no fulfillment of this commission if your ministry has a bunch of professions of faith, or a bunch of repeated prayers, but no baptisms.
- If you follow the flow of Matthew’s gospel, you would see the pattern of a sinless life of Jesus followed by a death on the cross. He faced temptations to disobey the Father, particularly in the desert and when Peter rebuked him because of his teachings on an impending death. The call to baptism is a call to follow Jesus in death, and then live a life of obedience. Jesus obeyed, and then he died. Believers die, and then they obey.
- There is no fulfillment of this commission if your ministry is full of immersing people who do not understand that baptism means death. It is death to sin, and a shallow understanding of that does not even deserve shallow water!
- You may not think it necessary to be baptized as a believer if you realize your first “baptism” was certainly before your real conversion. But this commission by the Lord seems absolutely clear, which makes it absolutely necessary. Baptism 20 years after conversion is more biblical than baptism one minute before conversion.