Is baptism really that important? Does it save us? What is the difference between infant baptism and believer’s baptism? What about those who have never heard the gospel? Is God limited by natural circumstances when revealing Himself?
1 Chronicles 19 & 20
His-story, Eunuchs, & Believer’s Baptism
The Ethiopian Eunuch
In Acts 8 we meet an Ethiopian eunuch who was reading the Prophet Isaiah and seeking to understand what it meant. As a eunuch, he would not have been accepted by the Jews, but God saw his heart and sent Philip to share the gospel with this genuine seeker.
Verse 35 says, “Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.”
Jesus Christ and God’s salvation through Him is the ultimate theme of both the Old and the New Testaments. It’s one continuing story—His-story.
The Importance of Believer’s Baptism
Verse 37 reminds us of the importance of “believer’s baptism.” When the eunuch asked if he could be baptized, Philip said, “‘…If you believe with all your heart, you may.’ And he answered and said, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.'” Notice Philip said, “if you believe.”
If you have not been baptized since you came to saving faith in Christ, I would encourage you to take that step of obedience. While baptism doesn’t save us (Eph. 2.8-9), we are commanded to be baptized once we have come to saving faith (Acts 2.38).
Infant baptism is not the same. When a baby is baptized that is a decision his or her parents make. We are not saved by being born into a Christian family. Each of us must come to that point of decision for ourselves. Believer’s baptism is a public declaration of our personal decision to put our faith and trust in the gospel and should be one of our first steps of obedience. Continue reading