Although it is not required. After you ask Jesus to come into your heart then you were saved and on your way to Heaven after death. According to Ephesians 2:8,9 “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” verifies this fact.
Baptism is for believers only according to Acts 8:12 “But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women”.
It is an act of obedience letting others know that you are not ashamed of letting him into your heart. It represents the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus according to Romans 6:3-5 “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 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 the newness of life. For if we have been planted together in likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:”.
- Standing in the water represents his death hanging on the cross.
- When you are let down fully under the water it represents his burial in the tomb.
- As you are being brought up out of the water it represents his resurrection.
This means that after we accepted Jesus into our heart we let go of our old life and now our new life is following Jesus.
It’s time to please God the Father like his son Jesus did according to Matthew 3:17 “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”.
Now go and find a good Independent Fundamental Baptist Church to start attending on a regular basis and talk to the pastor about being baptized.
Have you been baptized? Start thinking about it.