BAPTISM IS A COMMAND BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE
27th February, 2019
IPR DAILY DEVOTION
Topic: BAPTISM IS A COMMAND
Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV)
 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Can you imagine when you have all authority in heaven and on earth? That’s power! And that’s what has been given to Jesus when He conquered hell and death and rose from the dead.
It is with this authority that Jesus, the Head of the Church, commissions us to go and make disciples of all nations. As the Head, He’s made it clear that, for one to be His disciple or member of His Body, that person must be baptized. Every institution and its rules and regulations. If the Head of the Church says, the seal of discipleship for every member is for the person to be baptized, should we not do His Will?
The verse 20 of our theme Scripture even makes it stronger; it shows that baptism isn’t a suggestion; it’s a command! Jesus said, “teaching them to observe all things that I have COMMANDED you…” The Greek word translated “commanded” also means, “To order” or “To give charge.” It is a military term which mandates the one commanded to obey without questioning. And the word translated, “observe” also means, “to keep.”
We may not have all the revelation about baptism, but Jesus has given it to the Church as a charge to keep. The hymn writer, Charles Wesley, says, “A charge to keep I have. A God to glorify. A never-dying soul to save, and fit it for the sky.” To be fit for the sky, is to be fit for the rapture. Should we not fulfil all righteousness by keeping this charge?