Is baptism necessary?
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Yahushua, the Anointed, for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38.
What personal example did Yahushua set in respect of baptism?
“Then comes Yahushua from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.” Matthew 3:13.
Answer: He was baptized by John the Baptist (in river Jordan) not because He had sinned, but as an example to us, and to fulfil all righteousness (Matthew 3:15). Heaven was pleased, for we read, Lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased (Matthew 3: 17). He commanded His disciples to baptize converts among all nations.
NOTE: The true Christian will obey the command of Yahushua that brings him into such a close relationship with Yahuwah. The baptized believer is actually adopted into the royal family of Yahuwah and takes the royal name of "Christian," a follower of Yahushua, the Christ("the Anointed").
Of what is baptism a symbol?
It is a symbol of the death, burial, and resurrection of Yahushua for our redemption. See Romans 6:3-8.
NOTE: Just as Yahushua died for the sins of the world, was buried in the tomb, and was resurrected again, so the sinner must die a spiritual death to sin; his old life must be symbolically buried in the waters of baptism, and then he must be raised from the watery grave to live a new life in the Anointed, Yahushua.
What is the only form of baptism that properly represents Yahushua's burial and resurrection, sprinkling or immersion?
Answer: Baptism by water is Yahuwah's plan. This is made clear by Yahushua's words to Nicodemus:
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of Yahuwah. John 3:5. John baptized at Aenon, because there was much water there (John 3:23).
“Buried with him in baptism” Colossians 2:12.
Burial beneath the water, entirely hidden from the world, the eyes closed and breath held, just as in a real burial, then raised again from the water, opening the eyes, catching the breath, and again associating with loved ones, just as in an actual (⬇️⬇️⬇️)