"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
Water baptism is by immersion, and it is a ceremony of commitment. In baptism, we are baptized into his death, burial, and resurrection. If so, we are in Christ. God adds us to his church and we are united as his body by communion. Jesus is the bread that was broken for us, his blood was shed for us, these we partake. He is one, so we will be one and be his body. Jesus Christ says that if we eat his flesh and drink his blood, we dwell in him, and he in us. Communion is to abide with God.
Baptism is required to join the Church and to be saved. Communion is to eat bread broken (symbol of his body) and to drink from the cup of wine (symbol of his blood). This is to remember him, and to show his death. This is needed to be steadfast with Jesus Christ.
Water baptism is a frequent subject in churches. Jesus Christ took water baptism, he gave water baptism, he told his disciples to give water baptism, and he declared that those who do not believe and take water baptism will be damned. So, water baptism is important. Water baptism show the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in the life of the believer. He also told his disciples to have communion. Even though it is observed as a ceremony, the bread and the wine are the proxy for the broken body and the shed blood of Jesus Christ. As often as we take communion, we have to remember the Lord Jesus Christ, and we have to show the death of Jesus. "1 Corinthians 11:23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come." Not only we will show his death, but as he lives in us, we will show his life also from our life. "John 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. 52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? 53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him."
You may read the lessons on the links to have complete understand and significance of these very important ceremonies: "Water Baptism", "Partake Communion."
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