The greatest of all miracles is the salvation of a soul. -Spurgeon
And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Acts 8:37
Baptism is a wonderful time in a person’s life. However, it is not for everyone, it is only for the repentant believer. The one who has trusted Christ as Saviour is the only candidate for baptism. It is not for the infant, the one who has reached a certain age, the one who has repeated a prayer, or for church membership. It is only for those who have confessed their sin, asked Jesus to forgive their sin, and trusted Him to do it. Scripture has a clear definition of baptism.
Baptizing is the representation of what has taken place in our heart. It is us identifying with the death, (Rendering your will to that of the Lord’s), the burial, (The submersion in water), the resurrection, (The coming up out of the water resurrected to new life). How can one be baptized but has not already taken place in their heart?
Friend, don’t get your cart before the horse. If you get baptized before you get saved all you really did was get wet. I close this morning with a verse from Mark. Notice with me which the emphasis is on, the belief or the baptism. Hint—only one will damn someone to hell for all eternity, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Mark 16:16