By J. Randal Matheny
You're ready to be baptized when you know that only in Jesus Christ can your sins be forgiven and you be returned to the presence of God, Ep 1.7.
You're ready to be baptized when you believe in Jesus as God in the flesh, the One appointed to die in our place, the Risen one who will come again, Jn 8.24; 2Tm 3.15.
You're ready to be baptized when you decide to abandon the old life of sin and live a holy life by imitating the Lord Jesus, Lk 24.46-47; Ac 2.38.
You're ready to be baptized when you are willing to publicly declare yourself to be one of Jesus' followers even in the face of death, Rm 10.10; Rv 2.10.
You're ready to be baptized when you understand the reason for baptism, as burial into Christ's death, to have your sins washed away by his blood, Rm 6.1-4; Ac 22.16.
You're ready to be baptized when you accept participating in the suffering of Christ in order that the gospel may be spread, 1Pt 2.9-12.
You're ready to be baptized when you are committed to showing sincere and earnest love to your Christian family, 1Pt 1.22.
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QUOTE: BELIEF = OBEDIENCE
“Paul saw that if a man accepted the Gospel it could be said of him that he ‘believed’—a word he uses to mean to accept baptism and become a Christian … because the Gospel demanded to be believed since it was God’s word, to accept it could also be called ‘obedience’.” —A.R.C. Leaney, Letters of Peter and Jude, 28. http://QuickBibleTruths.com
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