They said to him, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and all who live in your house (Acts 16:31).
We are buried with him by baptism into death: that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so, we also should walk in newness of life.
Baptism comes from the Greek word which means immersion. Water baptism is therefore the immersion of a person totally into water.
It is not sprinkling or pouring of water. A lot of water is needed for baptism by immersion (Matthew 3:16) Water baptism is a command to anyone who becomes born again and a direct act of obedience to Christ’s instruction.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.
In Mark 16:15-16, Baptism is not for church membership, but an open declaration of our new stand in Christ. For as many of you as having been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
In Galatians 3:27, When you are baptized, you are openly declaring that you have by faith put on Christ so that men may see Christ in you.
We identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ in baptism. The lowering of the convert completely under the water pictures Christ’s death.
The submersion of the convert speaks of His burial and the raising of the convert from the water signifies His resurrection.