Two ordinances the Lord Jesus established for the church, for every profession Christian, baptism, and the taking of the Lord’s Supper.
Baptism is one of the ordinances Jesus commanded to be initiated into, for one that will accept salvation. This would be an outward confession of one’s belief. John the Baptist baptized of repentance for the forgiveness of sin.
Baptism signified that a spiritual change had taken place in the recipients, which in turn would result in forgiveness of their sin. Baptism is the immersion into water; it is not the sprinkling of water. Baptism is an outward confession of one’s faith.
Prior to being baptized and receiving salvation, according to the Bible, we were dead, the walking dead (Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth My Word and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life – John 5:24). Walking and talking, but spiritually dead.
Spiritual baptism happens when the new believer is united with Christ and His people. It also identifies with Jesus in His death, burial, and resurrection. Baptism is the first step of faith; baptism indicates a person’s new life (Therefore, we are buried with HIm by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so, we also should walk in newness of life – Romans 6:4).
When we become baptized into Jesus Christ, we have become a new creation (Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature [creation]: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new 1st Corinthians 5:17). If one has been baptized into Jesus, they should not come up out of the water with the actions they had prior to being baptized.
Baptism indicates more than washing away the sins but the repentance of things we use to say, do, or go. Before one is baptized, they recognize they are sinners and need a Savior. They are sorry and have regrets about the life they are living.
Baptism indicates you have become one with Christ, and you’re no longer a vessel for Satan to use. If one comes up from being baptized, living the same lifestyle they were living prior to acceptance of salvation and baptism, they are carnal Christian, and that is just as bad as being not saved.
Salvation and baptism give one a new desire for the things of God and not the things of the world. Christians should live a holy life that reflects the nature of God. Christians should apply Biblical principles of separation and avoid what is prohibition.
When one has become a Christian, they present their entire body to God, not just a portion of it. We are to be holy, spirit, soul, and body (I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service – Romans 12:11) This means whatever urge you have, you will not yield to it, but present yourself to God holy on a daily basis.
Some professing Christians are committing fornication, adultery, alcoholism, drug addiction, and chasing after things and people that will be detrimental to their spiritual well-being. This should not be with one professing to be Christian. Christians don’t look at everything and listen to everything; they are careful what they allow in their eye and ear gates.
Everything that one should not do is not recorded in the Bible, but because one has been baptized into Jesus, their spirit will let them know what they should and should not do. When one is conformed to the world, they will do what the world does.
The Bible instructs the believer not to be conformed to the world (And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God – Romans 12:2). If were not conformed to the Word of God, we will be conformed to the world.