Bible Verses About Baptism
There are very few things in the bible that are more studied about as baptism. There is also wide disagreement about how and when baptism should be performed. It is up to every Christian to “study to show thyself approved”. I hope this list of verses about baptism will help you in your personal study. All verses are taken from the New American Standard Bible. I have kept the commentary to a minimum to allow for the greatest individual study.
Baptism is mentioned in two different ways in the bible. It is mentioned directly as baptism. But, it is also spoke of as being “born again”. These verses mention baptism directly.
Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Matthew 20:22 “But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.”
Matthew 20:23 “And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.”
Matthew 21:25 “The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him?”
Mark 1:4 “John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.”
Mark 10:38 “But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”
Mark 10:39 “And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:”
Mark 11:30 “The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.”
Luke 3:3 “And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;”
Luke 7:29 “And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.”
Luke 12:50 “But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!”
Luke 20:4 “The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men?”
Acts 1:22 “Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.”
Acts 10:37 “That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;”
Acts 13:24 “When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.”
Acts 18:25 “This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.”
Acts 19:3 “And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.”
Acts 19:4 “Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”
Romans 6:4 “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.”
Ephesians 4:5 “One Lord, one faith, one baptism,”
Colossians 2:12 “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.”
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:”
These verses speak about being “born again”.
John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.””
John 3:7 “Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
1 Peter 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”
1 Peter 1:23 “for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.”
I have only listed the verses themselves. I have not listed the verses around them. This list is meant to give you a point to begin your study. It is also important to look at the verses around them and the context with which they are written. I hope you find this list helpful to your study of the bible.