There are those who think that baptism is of little importance. It is implied and sometimes said that baptism is only a symbol.
Let’s think about the importance of baptism for just a minute.
How important is baptism? Well, all of life on earth was destroyed as a symbol of baptism. 1 Pet 3:20&21 (NIV)(in part) AGod waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also‑‑not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ@. You can see that though baptism saves you it would have no power without the resurrection of Jesus.
I use to reverse this in my head. I use to think baptism was a symbol of the flood, instead of the flood symbolizing baptism. The symbol is of less importance than what it symbolizes, so destroying the whole world is of less importance than baptism. But anyway, anyone can see the Bible does say one is saved by baptism. Read it again Abaptism that now saves you also@.
God says you must be born of the water and the Spirit to enter the kingdom of God (1 John 3:5). In Mark 16:16 Jesus said, AWhoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.@ Some say, because He did not repeat baptism in the second part of the sentence only belief is important. If you think about it, if you don=t believe you will not be baptized, so it wasn=t necessary to say any more about baptism.
Look, if we were having a conversation about what was necessary for physical life (not spiritual life) and I said, Ayou must drink water and breathe air to live@ and later, in the same conversation, I said only that you must breathe air to live, not repeating the part about water, it would not change my first statement. How many times must God say something before it is true?
Baptism alone does not save, however salvation without baptism may not be possible. The man who is certain in his own mind that baptism is not necessary risks his eternal salvation for nothing more than his pride of being correct. The man who teaches that baptism is not necessary risks the eternal salvation of others for the same reason. But if I am wrong no one goes to hell because of it. One can only say that I am an idiot for saying what I have and do say. I would even agree with them, though I am not perfect and therefore not a perfect idiot (yes, I already know I should try harder).
Jesus said that among men there was none greater than John (Mat.11:11). Think about that for a second. He is greater than Abraham, the father of all who are faithful, Moses, who brought the law, and anyone who came before him (Jesus came after him). What do you think made him greater than any man before him? The way he dressed? What he ate? That he proclaimed the coming of the Lord? Had not many proclaimed this before John? If you still can not see it, he was greater than any man that came before him because he brought baptism.
Well, you can see that I believe that baptism is very important. Perhaps I will write another post on baptism; why you should be baptized.
If baptism seems important to you check out my post “What Baptism does”.