15 Bible Verses About Baptism

by David Peach on May 25, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

There are several different types of baptism talked about in the scriptures. Primarily when we think of baptism we think of water baptism in a church. However, the Bible speaks of baptism by the Holy Spirit and by fire (judgment) as well. It is important to read these scriptures in context to understand what the Bible is saying about baptism.

Luke 3:16 “John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:”

Jesus’ Baptism by John

... and he saw the Spirit of God ...

Matthew 3:13-17 “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Mark 1:9-11 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Luke 3:21, 22 “Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.”

John 1:29-33 “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

Baptism in Water for Believers

Matthew 28:19, 20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

Mark 1:4, 5John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.”

Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Acts 8:35-38 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 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. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.”

Acts 16:31, 33 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.”

What Baptism Means to a Believer

Romans 6:3-6Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”

1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”

Galatians 3:27 “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”

1 Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:”

Christian Quotes About Baptism

“A man who knows that he is saved by believing in Christ does not, when he is baptized, lift his baptism into a saving ordinance. In fact, he is the very best protester against that mistake, because he holds that he has no right to be baptized until he is saved.”  ~ Charles Spurgeon

“Baptism separates the tire kickers from the car buyers.”  ~ Max Lucado

“We may never be martyrs but we can die to self, to sin, to the world, to our plans and ambitions. That is the significance of baptism; we died with Christ and rose to new life”  ~ Vance Haver

“Baptism is faith in action.”  ~ Watchman Nee

“God’s people should be baptized because God commanded it, not because some church requires it.”  ~ John R. Rice

Looking For Something Else? Here are some more Bible verses and pages about baptism and related topics that you might want to check out:

Does baptism save you? Jack Wellman shares a Biblical analysis on the purpose and symbolism of baptism.

7 Spiritual Growth Tips In this article David Peach mentions how baptism affects the spiritual growth of the believer.

1 Corinthians Commentary is a verse by verse examination of 1 Corinthians, in it Jack touches upon baptism.


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Jada September 11, 2014 at 11:01 am

Hi My Name Is Jada & I Am 18 Years Old. I Want To Get Baptized But I Want To Know How Will I Know If Its The Right Time For Me To Get Baptized. I Am A Believer In The Lord & I Try My Best To Live My Life The Way He Wants Me To. I Also Have Been Praying & Repenting For My Sins. But Yes My Question Again Is How Will I KnowIf Its The Right Time For Me To Get Baptized?


Jack Wellman September 11, 2014 at 11:35 am

Jada…I am so glad you have repented and trusted in Christ. Baptism doesn’t save anyone but only Christ does (Acts 4:12, Acts 16:30-31, Rom 10:9-13) so talk to your pastor today. Call him now. Ask to be baptized because every person who is saved should get baptized as we are all commanded to do. Paul writes in 2 Cor 6:2 “I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” Let it be as soon as possible and get baptized, join a local body of Christ, if you haven’t already and know that now is the time. Don’t delay.


Jada September 11, 2014 at 11:56 am

Thanks. I Have Also Heard That If You Don’t Get Baptized That You Will Go To Hell. That Is Scary & I Wanted To Know Is That True?


Jack Wellman September 11, 2014 at 11:58 am

If that were true, then Jesus lied because He said to the thief on the cross “TODAY you shall be with me in Paradise” (luke 23:43) and the thief never had a chance to be baptized. Whoever teaches this doesn’t know their Bible. Read this friend and you’ll see why I can say that with authority at this link: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/does-baptism-save-you-a-biblical-analysis/


Norma Corban September 11, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Jada! Welcome :) HUGS. After I accepted Christ into my heart and life last year, I was reading the Bible, etc. The word Baptism just stood out so boldly to me :) Everywhere I looked and read! I then talked to my Pastor and told him about this and he smiled and said yep! hehe He then arranged to have a Baptism done. It’s so awesome! I will never forget that day. The mere fact that you are speaking about it, tells me you want to be and should be :) So by golly, getter done! God Bless you.


Eric November 16, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Hi, I came to Christ over 1 year ago. My life has changed dramatically since then. I strive everyday to come closer to God/Jesus Christ. I also pray/read scripture a few times daily and Repent turn from my sins.
I was in a FB group yesterday and a few people told me I must get Baptized (Immersion in water) to be saved. I was pretty upset because it made me question why my life has changed so much after taking Christ in my life verbally. I know for a fact that its the Holy Spirit is working in my life. So many people have different views on this. Reading the other comments on this page makes me wonder if its time for me to get Baptized also? Thank you, Eric


Yannik November 29, 2014 at 6:33 pm

Hi Brother Eric,
I just read your post and I felt the need to respond! ;) I came to Christ (born-again) as well but it was a few years ago (3-4 yrs ago) and I was transformed, like the scripture said: In Christ, we are a new creature, the old things is passed away… I’ve not been baptized yet like you although I know that I’m saved!
I have a strong desire to be baptize and I will although it is a bit complicated for me as I had a motorcycle accident which I broke my neck (at C5/C6 vertebrae) so I was instantly paralyzed from neck down (quadriplegic). I asked my Pastor to be baptize but I’m still waiting for him although I will ask someone else if it takes to long!
I urge you brother to do it too as soon as you can! Take care & God bless You!

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” 1 Peter 1:3


Eric December 1, 2014 at 12:40 am

Hi Yannik. Thank you for the response. Its funny like you I cannot say the exact date I took Christ but can give an estimate. Life has changed dramatically. I feel the Baptism will make it official. Not being saved but showing Christ and everyone I am serious. Thank you so much Yannik. I will pray that you are able to get baptized also. God Bless Brother!


Greg November 22, 2014 at 8:40 am

I was baptized as an infant then some years later as an adult. However I don’t feel as if my heart and mind were in the right place at that time. I’m wondering if there is any scriptural reference in regard to being re-baptized as a true believer.


Jack Wellman November 22, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Greg, since those who repent and trust in Christ should get baptized, I would say yes, because it is what we are commanded to do. Is the church you now attend able to baptize you? I don’t think infants know what repentance and trusting in Christ is all about. That you even brought this up shows me that you are thinking about it and so yes, I would, even though you are now saved I take it. Especially since you don’t feel right in your heart and mind and that is was at the right time. Good of you to ask and I think you’re asking this shows me that you believe you should be too my friend. May God richly bless you my friend.


Greg November 25, 2014 at 7:37 am

Mr. Wellman,

First of all, thank you for your quick response. This is further confirmation and it has given me more peace about my decision. I have attended this Baptist church for almost 11 years which has been very instrumental in my spiritual growth but I felt I was being led to ask someone with an unbiased opinion. This is, after all, a matter between God and myself and I am at the point that a public confession of faith might well serve to encourage others in my age group who have not done so to step up to do just the same.

Again thank you and God’s profound blessings to you.



Jack Wellman November 26, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Love this and I am so glad that you are doing this. Wished I could be there and may God richly bless you on this very special occasion and thank you for your blessing sir and may God richly bless you as well my beloved brother. Congratulations.


Angela Barber January 24, 2015 at 2:22 am

Do you have to be or become a member of a church to be baptized?


Jack Wellman January 24, 2015 at 1:40 pm

Thank you Angela. I guess it depends on the church. Some require membership and others do not. The Bible is silent on this so talk to your pastor about this.


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