What does baptism symbolize?
Baptism is a way of showing others that you have entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It symbolizes what took place in your heart at the time of salvation.
By getting baptized, you are making a public declaration that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. His death and resurrection are demonstrated by going under water, in which you become dead to your old life, and then by rising out of the water, you have been given a new life in Christ. We are symbolically washed clean, and our sins are continually being forgiven by His sacrifice on the cross.
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. (Read full chapter)
“I was shamefully aligned with the enemy. I tried to fight him so many times, but never found the strength to win. I thought, how could God ever forgive me? When I learned that all we need to do is receive his mercy and walk with Him, I said, ‘Okay God, I’m all in!’ I turned from the enemy and was saved—and I never looked back.”
— John P.