What does the Bible say about baptism - Bible verses about baptism

The Purpose Of Baptism In The Bible

There are 3 different categories of baptism in the Bible. There are verses that talk about being baptized into the body of Christ, those that talk about the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and those that talk about water baptism.

Today I am going to give you a list of Bible verses about baptism that talk about water baptism.

Water baptism is an important step in the life of every believer. As you will see by these baptism scriptures, it is something that every believer is commanded to do.

It is the way given by God to identify ourselves publicly as believers in Jesus.

It is symbolic of the work that Jesus did for us in changing our hearts from being black with sin to white as snow before Him.

It is an outward representation of the death and burial of our old nature, and the resurrection of our life with a new nature.

It symbolizes the death of the way we used to be, and publicly declares that we are born again with a new life in Christ.

So take a look with me at these Bible verses on baptism and if you have not yet been baptized, be encouraged to go ahead and do so as an act of celebration and obedience to what God has done in your life.

Inspirational Bible Quotes About Baptism

Baptism Scriptures In The Gospels

Matthew 3:13-17

The Baptism of Jesus

13 Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to talk him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me?”15 But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” So John agreed to baptize him.16 After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

Luke 7:30

But the Pharisees and experts in religious law rejected God’s plan for them, for they had refused John’s baptism.

Mark 1:8

I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit!”

Mark 16:16

Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.

John 4:1-3

1 Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard that he was baptizing and making more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus himself didn’t baptize them—his disciples did). 3 So he left Judea and returned to Galilee.

Matthew 28:19

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Water Baptism In The Book Of Acts

Acts 1:5

John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

Acts 2:38

Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:41

Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.

Acts 8:12

But now the people believed Philip’s message of Good News concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ. As a result, many men and women were baptized.

Acts 8:36

As they rode along, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look! There’s some water! Why can’t I be baptized?”

Acts 10:47

“Can anyone object to their being baptized, now that they have received the Holy Spirit just as we did?”

Acts 16:15

She was baptized along with other members of her household, and she asked us to be her guests. “If you agree that I am a true believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my home.” And she urged us until we agreed.

Acts 16:33

Even at that hour of the night, the jailer cared for them and washed their wounds. Then he and everyone in his household were immediately baptized.

Acts 18:8

Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, and everyone in his household believed in the Lord. Many others in Corinth also heard Paul, became believers, and were baptized.

Acts 19:5

As soon as they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Bible Verses About Baptism In The Epistles

1 Corinthians 1:13-17

13 Has Christ been divided into factions? Was I, Paul, crucified for you? Were any of you baptized in the name of Paul? Of course not! 14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 for now no one can say they were baptized in my name. 16 (Oh yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas, but I don’t remember baptizing anyone else.) 17 For Christ didn’t send me to baptize, but to preach the Good News—and not with clever speech, for fear that the cross of Christ would lose its power.

Romans 6:3-4

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.

Galatians 3:27

And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes.

Ephesians 4:5

There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,

1 Peter 3:21

And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Understanding The Meaning Of Water Baptism

Water baptism in the Greek language means to immerse, to completely soak. It is the Greek word baptizo.

So when you read these Bible verses on baptism I would suggest you remove the religious meaning you might have been raised with and read it as it was meant to be understood.

To be baptized means to be immersed or soaked in water.

There are those that would tie baptism to salvation. I can totally understand the confusion because of certain verses seem to indicate that when read separately from the rest of the Bible.

You have to read all the verses on baptism and some that have nothing to do with baptism to get the big picture.

The thief on the cross was not baptized yet He saw Jesus in paradise. The gentiles in Cornelius’s house received the Holy Spirit prior to being baptized.

So baptism is something that is done by a person who already believes.

There are no recorded instances of baptizing children or the practice of infant baptism in the Bible. That is a church tradition.

There are many instances of dedicating your children to the Lord. Somehow, down through history baptism has been combined with infant dedication.

However as you can see with these Bible verses about baptism, the choice to get baptized is one made by those that are old enough to understand that they are identifying with Christ and that they are making a public proclamation that they have been made new by the grace of God.

Young children and infants are incapable of doing so by their own free will. As parents, we all want our children to become believers in Jesus. Infant and child baptism is not an assurance that they will be those believers.

We have to love them enough to allow them to make their own choice when the time comes and wise enough to lead them down that path as they are learning about our great and glorious Lord.

I hope you have enjoyed these Bible verses on water baptism. If you have not already been baptized since you became a believer in Jesus, I would urge you to talk to your Pastor, or Minister, or Priest and celebrate what Jesus has done in your life by publicly proclaiming that you are identified with Christ and will follow Him!

Do you have a favorite baptism scripture? Please feel free to share it in the comment section below.

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Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of L.I.F.E. Bible College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988. He and his wife Sue are currently leading The Vineyard Church in San Carlos Ca.Pastor Duke specializes in healing hurting churches and bringing revival, renewal, and restoration of the presence of God to the body of Christ in America to make the church spiritual again.Pastor Duke has a few limited dates available to speak in other churches. If your church needs a fresh move of the Spirit of God or has gone through a painful and wounding season, click here.