WATER BAPTISM

Water baptism is a New Testament ordinance. John the Baptist was the first to preach baptism, and Jesus Himself came to John to be baptized (Mark 1:1-10). During His earthly ministry, Jesus authorized His disciples to baptize (John 4:1, 2). When He was ready to ascend into Heaven after His resurrection, His last command was “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19). This is the biblical formula for water baptism. In some cases, we find the name of Jesus is mentioned in connection with water baptism. This is not to contradict the command of Christ but merely to show the distinction between the baptism of John and the baptism of Christ. It also shows the authority Jesus bestowed upon his disciples by authorizing them to perform the baptismal ceremony.