We are going to conclude our look at baptism by taking a quick journey through the New Testament and looking at some passages that we did not look at last week (we WILL look at one verse from last week). We will start with when baptism was first introduced in the New Testament and end with another conversion story from the book of Acts.
I. Baptism is introduced by John, the forerunner to Jesus, also known as “The Baptist” – Mark 1:4; Luke 3:3
A. The Old Testament included examples of ceremonial washings where people would cleanse themselves in order to be pure or cleansed, but it was nothing like John was now practicing.
B. John was teaching that a change was necessary if people were to receive Jesus’ teaching.
II. The example of Jesus – Matthew 3:13-17
A. John did not want to baptize Jesus because he knew Jesus had committed no sin! – Matthew 3:15
B. Jesus was baptized “to fulfill all righteousness!” Shouldn’t we do the same? – Matthew 3:16-17
III. Jesus gives the “keys of the kingdom of heaven” to Peter – Matthew 16:13-19
A. Jesus was rewarding Peter by being the first to truly recognize (and proclaim) that Jesus was indeed the Messiah, the long-awaited Savior who would save people from their sins!
B. After Jesus rose from the grave, and before He ascended back to heaven, He commanded His followers to be baptized. – Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16
IV. Peter first used “the keys” on the Day of Pentecost – Acts 2:1-41
A. It was Peter who stood up with the other apostles to declare the gospel truth about Jesus! – Acts 2:14
B. Later, the apostle Paul verified what was necessary to become children of God and be “clothed… with Christ”. – Gal. 3:26-27
Conclusion: The example found in Acts 8:26-39: While Philip was preaching, the Ethiopian eunuch asked to be baptized. Why? The eunuch’s question about baptism was the response of a non-Christian seeking to become a Christian! (Also see Eph. 4:5) – Are YOU saved and a part of the family of God?