by Doy Moyer
One of the most significant arguments for baptism that I believe is under-utilized is the fact that the epistles, written to those who are already Christians, assume that the believers were all baptized. Look at passages like Romans 6:3-6; I Corinthians 1:13; 12:13; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:10-13; etc. These are not written to unbelievers to try to persuade them to be baptized. These were written to those who already were baptized, reminding them of what they did and what it meant when they were baptized. If baptism were not expected, necessary, or the norm for all Christians then, why is there a pervasive indication that all the believers in these churches were baptized? There is no distinction being made in the epistles between baptized saints and unbaptized saints. “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body…” (I Corinthians 12:13). In other words, the epistles were not written to the unbaptized.
But let’s not lose sight of this: again, these were written to remind believers of the significance of their baptism and how that should affect their living for the Lord.
How is your baptism affecting your walk with the Lord?