Baptism is an outward picture of what has happened to a Christian inwardly. They have spiritually been cleansed of all sin. They have passed from death into life. Baptism pictures these spiritual truths. But also, baptism becomes a basic test of our faith. It is a first step of obedience that calls for a public declaration of your trust in Christ. When Jesus gathered His disciples to Himself and gave them what we call “The Great Commission” (Matthew 28:18-20), He told them to make disciples of every nation, to teach them, and to baptize them.