"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
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Water baptism is by immersion. We commit our life to God in this ceremony. It is as we are dead, buried, and live a new life in him. If so, we are in Christ. In communion, Jesus is the bread that was broken for us, the wine is his blood that was shed for us, we partake them, and so he is in us. Ceremonially, we are in him by baptism, and he is in us by communion.
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. These two ceremonies are required for Christian life and eternal salvation.
Water baptism is a frequent subject in churches. Jesus Christ took water baptism, he himself baptized people, 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 shows the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in the life of the believer. So, we will be inside of Christ, or we may say that we have put on Christ, by baptism. "Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Romans 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 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. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin."
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 will we 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." These explanations are symbolical and ceremonial. So, it is our responsibility to live up to this, and of course God will provide his grace and power as needed, to see that our striving is fruitful.
You may read the lessons on the links to have complete understanding: "Water Baptism", "Partake Communion."
God Bless You