Salvation is an internal, personal commitment to follow Jesus and to continue to follow Jesus.
Salvation has an external, public expression through baptism to follow Jesus and through the Lord’s Supper (also known as Communion) to continue to follow Jesus.
Romans 6:3-11 (NLT)
3 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
5 Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. 6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. 8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him.
9 We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. 11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.
Notice the contrasts of old life and new life; death and resurrection. Baptism symbolizes a watery grave. As you are plunged beneath the water, you reenact your death to your old sinful life. When you are raised from that water, you are proclaiming your new life in Jesus Christ.
Baptism does not save you, but it is your first act of obedience after being saved. Therefore, baptism is an indicator of whether your salvation was an authentic receiving of Jesus as Savior and Lord (boss).
Baptism is an external, public symbol of an internal, personal commitment to follow Jesus—our justification.
• What do you remember about your baptismal experience?
• How do you feel when you see others baptized?
• How does your baptism give your assurance of your salvation today?