Doctrine of Baptism by Apostle Edu Udechukwu
In this sermon it was said that Christ had emptied Himself of His divinity, yet had lived without sin. John wondered then why Christ should be baptized. After all, what was there to repent of? Christ, however, was baptized as an example to His disciples. His baptism helped the disciples understand that His sacrifice was about our reconciliation with the Father.
Christ was baptized because He would lay aside His mortal life and come up with a new spirit, immortal life. Even though John didn’t fully understand that at that time, he went ahead and baptized Christ. Thus we see that baptism is more than repentance. It is more than the washing away of our past sins. It pictures the burial, the laying aside of our life in the hope of rising in the new life, as one comes out of the water and has hands laid on him or her.
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