†††† Today, it seems
that people think Baptism is just an outward sign for an inward change and has
nothing to do with salvation. In fact, most would say that all you have to do
is believe that Jesus is the Son of God and say the sinnerís prayer. However,
most people would agree that you must be in Christ and have your sins forgiven
to be saved. How do you get into Christ? The Bible says Baptism puts us into
Christ (Rom 6:3; Gal ) and its how we get into the 1 body (1Co ; Eph 4:4), which is Christ body/church (Col
). It is at this point when God
adds us to the church (Acts ).
We want to be in that 1 body/church, because Jesus is the savior of that body.
When are your sins forgiven? We can find the answer by examining
what Ananais tells Paul in Acts
ďAnd now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your
sins, calling on the name of the Lord.Ē †Even though Paul believed that Jesus was Lord
and had been praying and fasting for 3 days, his sins were not washed away
until he was baptized. (Acts 2:38;Rom 6:6). Thereís
nothing magical about the water and itís not a work of man. Instead, its your obedience of faith in the operation of God that you
know that you are being united together with Christ in his death, having your
sins washed away, being raised a new creature, and being added to the
body/church of Christ. (Col
2:12-13; Rom 6:3-8). Have you obeyed the plan of salvation? (Rom -18; Jn 14:15) Letís take a logical
approach now. The Bible says the following things save you: the word, (Js ) grace, (Eph 2:4-5) hope, (Rom ) belief, (Jn ) confession, (Rom 10:9-10) repentance, and baptism.
(1Pe ; Acts ; Mk )
Since all of these things save you, is it not logical that it takes all of them
working together to save you? Logic would dictate that you are not saved by any
of these by themselves, but that they are all necessary in order to be saved.
Have you ever wondered why in the NT people were in such a hurry to be baptized
when they heard the word of God if Baptism isnít part of salvation? I hope and
pray that you will be like the people at Berea
and study what I have presented to you to see if it is so. (Acts ) I have proclaimed this message because
I love you and do not want you to be found outside the body of Christ. If you
believe that Jesus is the Son of God, why not repent and confess him as Lord
and be baptized into Christ having your sins washed away. Once you get into the
body you become a servant of righteousness and we are told to be faithful unto
death. () If you would like
to setup a study or have more info, please email me at email@example.com.