What do you do with this?
Jesus said, “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matt. 28:19)
Imagine – You have never heard of any denominational group, creed or teaching. You have no strong religious history. You’ve never heard of Billy Graham. No internet search experience.
You just read this verse in the context of the New Testament writings. What do you understand about baptism, just reading what Jesus told His disciples to do?
You know about God’s gracious offer of salvation, based on the death of Christ. You are fully aware of His grace in making such an offer to sinners. You know you have sinned, and nothing you have done or will ever do, will merit or earn salvation.
But knowing all that – which is called THE GOSPEL, you want to change. You want to get out of sinful living, be a child of God – and live right, and go to heaven.
What are you going to do with this, where Jesus said – Go, preach the gospel, make disciples of people from all nations … baptizing them?
I believe your conclusion will be – I’m going to consider this necessary; I’m going to do this to become a disciple of Christ.
It is part of my reception of what God offers. My response to and my faith Jesus Christ – will be, to be baptized.