Clothed with Christ

For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

Galatians 3:27

Galatians 3:27 tells us about baptism and says, For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. Actually, true baptism is a conscious act performed by people who have given their lives to Christ and want to be clothed with Him. Baptism is not advisable to do so when one does not have conscience or when one does not do it voluntarily. That is why baptism of infants is not biblical. This is one of the many anti-biblical traditions.

John the Baptist, who came with the spirit of Elijah to prepare the way for the Lord, baptized for repentance. Mark 1:4 says, John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. Jesus Himself was baptized by John as outlined in Matthew 3:13-15, Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him.

Certainly Jesus did not need to be baptized, but He did so by showing humility and serving as an example for all after Him. Jesus was not baptized as a child, but when He was already 30 years old, right at the beginning of His earthly ministry. Neither was Jesus baptized by pouring a few drops of water on His head, but He was submerged by John in the Jordan, as Matthew 3:16 says, When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.

This is the biblical form of baptism, by immersion, not by sprinkling; it is done voluntarily, not by imposition of the parents; takes place in adults aware of what they are doing, not in small infants who know nothing about what is going on. Is it necessary to be baptized? Let’s see what the Lord says in Mark 16:16, He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. You have to believe to be baptized and believe is the requirement to obtain salvation. If Jesus Himself set an example by being baptized, what prevents you from doing so?

Baptism is part of the great commission given by Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:19-20, Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Baptism is part of the process of becoming disciples, just as we must learn to follow the Lord’s instructions.

The function of baptism is explained in 1 Peter 3:21-22, Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the pledge of a good conscience toward God) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Now that He has gone into heaven, He is at God’s right hand with angels, authorities, and powers subject to Him.

Baptism does not take away sin, only the blood shed by Christ on the cross does so. However, as the apostle Peter says, baptism is the aspiration of a good conscience toward God. And from the words of Jesus it is clear that to be baptized is part of fulfilling all righteousness, therefore, when we are baptized, we are clothed with the King of righteousness, Jesus Christ. God bless you.

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