But the Pharisees and the experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves by refusing to be immersed by John.
The Jewish leaders’ refusal to be immersed by John signaled their rejection of God’s purpose for them.
John had been “sent from God” (John 1:6) to prepare the way for Jesus. His message included a change a life and immersion in water so that sins might be forgiven. Although his baptism was preparatory and temporary (see Acts 19:1ff), during that period it was part of God’s purpose as a concrete sign of repentance and to bring about God’s forgiveness.
Today, there is only one baptism (Ephesians 4:5), immersion in water in Christ’s name for the forgiveness of sins. This act of obedience also is part of God’s plan, even more essential, if that were possible, to his plan of salvation.
As such, whoever refuses Christ’s baptism, as it is taught in Scripture, also rejects God’s purpose for his life.
Learn today the scriptural baptism!