What do you think Matthew 3:15 means? Why was Jesus baptized? Matt 3:14-15 14 But John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?" 15 But Jesus answering said to him, "Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he permitted Him. NASU Since none of our righteousness will get us to heaven, then it must be all of Christ's. Christ was clearly baptized "to fulfill all righteousness." Thus, when the thief on the cross BELIEVED, then Christ's righteousness immediately became the thief's imputed righteousness. Therefore, the thief was indeed baptized -- He received Christ's baptism FOR him. Is this concept far-fetched, or is it a proper application of imputed righteousness and righteousness by faith alone?