15 Bible Verses About Baptism

by David Peach on May 25, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

There are several different types of baptism talked about in the scriptures. Primarily when we think of baptism we think of water baptism in a church. However, the Bible speaks of baptism by the Holy Spirit and by fire (judgment) as well. It is important to read these scriptures in context to understand what the Bible is saying about baptism.

Luke 3:16 “John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:”

Jesus’ Baptism by John

... and he saw the Spirit of God ...

Matthew 3:13-17 “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Mark 1:9-11 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Luke 3:21, 22 “Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.”

John 1:29-33 “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

Baptism in Water for Believers

Matthew 28:19, 20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

Mark 1:4, 5John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.”

Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Acts 8:35-38 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.”

Acts 16:31, 33 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.”

What Baptism Means to a Believer

Romans 6:3-6Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 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. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”

1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”

Galatians 3:27 “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”

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:”

Christian Quotes About Baptism

“A man who knows that he is saved by believing in Christ does not, when he is baptized, lift his baptism into a saving ordinance. In fact, he is the very best protester against that mistake, because he holds that he has no right to be baptized until he is saved.”  ~ Charles Spurgeon

“Baptism separates the tire kickers from the car buyers.”  ~ Max Lucado

“We may never be martyrs but we can die to self, to sin, to the world, to our plans and ambitions. That is the significance of baptism; we died with Christ and rose to new life”  ~ Vance Haver

“Baptism is faith in action.”  ~ Watchman Nee

“God’s people should be baptized because God commanded it, not because some church requires it.”  ~ John R. Rice

Looking For Something Else? Here are some more Bible verses and pages about baptism and related topics that you might want to check out:

Does baptism save you? Jack Wellman shares a Biblical analysis on the purpose and symbolism of baptism.

7 Spiritual Growth Tips In this article David Peach mentions how baptism affects the spiritual growth of the believer.

1 Corinthians Commentary is a verse by verse examination of 1 Corinthians, in it Jack touches upon baptism.


Resources:

The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

YouTube: “Born Again” by Third Day

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Tracie July 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I am a 40 year old woman that is getting baptized for the first time in 3 weeks. I know in my heart that this is the right time and I will be starting anew. This is a new life for me. I have always believed but lost touch for a few years. I am not really familiar with the bible or all of the stories in it. I really like the Romans 6:3-6 verse but I am still looking for the perfect one.

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Nerlin Anaya May 9, 2012 at 7:33 pm

wel the bible says that real baptism is in the lord jesus crist. Peter gave that message in the day of pentecost. No one in the bilble was baptize in the three titles father the son and the holy ghost.

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lea July 14, 2012 at 1:16 am

Matt. 28:19-20

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Fran September 5, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Nerlin,
Please read Matthew 28:19-20

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

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cynthia January 24, 2013 at 12:42 pm

You are right, no one was baptized in the titles Father, son and Holy Ghost, they were baptized in the NAME (there is only one name)of the Father , which is Jesus, the name of the son, which is Jesus, and the name of the Holy Ghost, which is Jesus..yes these are the words of Jesus and so is the entire bible which is the Word of God.every scripture was inspired by the Holy Ghost (the Spirit of God)

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cynthia January 24, 2013 at 12:45 pm

By the way I love Matthew 28:19 this is our salvation and it goes so well with Acts 2:38…Praise the Lord!

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Ruth July 24, 2014 at 6:38 am

Actually that is not true. It was Jesus who declare, baptize in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit after His resurrection. It is false to say that if you are baptized in the name of the Father, the Son , and the Spirit you are wrong. Also there is no evidence that no one is baptized this way in the New Testament. In Acts Peter was talking with people who needed to claim Jesus as the Son. The Jews of that time rightly understood the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (rabbi’s at that time taught this truth though now they do not) but the truth that Jesus is the Son needed to be acknowledge.

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robert davis February 6, 2013 at 5:28 am

Peter was given the keys in Mathew 16-16 by the LORD Jesus. Later they were told to tarry at Jeruselem and wait for the promise Luke 24 and then we see them in Acts 1:8 at Jeruselem being endued with power from on High, Acts 2:14 Peter who originally receved the keys stood up with the other eleven (all twelve in one accord) preached a sermon and when the people where pricked in there hearts (convicted ) Peter in Acts 2:38 said repent be Baptized in the Name of the LORD Jesus Christ and ye shall receive the gift of the HOLY GHOST. In Luke it said he that is baptized and beleives shall be saved. Jesus Name saves Acts 4:12, also look at the formula in Acts 10, Acts 19:1-6 Acts 8:48 Look also at Gal. 3:27 Romans 6: 1-10

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p Anvesh October 31, 2012 at 2:43 am

sis
believe in almighty is believing in bible
what bible says you must believe through these words firstly “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.john 3:16
“Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world”.john 4:42
believe in almighty

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Summer. September 4, 2011 at 10:06 am

Amazing! Thank you!

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Yuliy October 25, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Tracie,

Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples,
and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

JOHN 8:31-32

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Kendall Dean November 20, 2011 at 8:31 am

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. – Matthew 4:18-20
Heres the beautiful thing, turly following anyone means thats its not about you. Simon and Andrew weren’t looking for the perfect verse, the best way to follow Jesus or even for God. However when Juses (God) found them they followed. If your heart is right follow it, God will find you; and you have been made with everything you need to do great works in his name. You have a heart from God, now have the courage to follow it.

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David Peach November 21, 2011 at 11:08 am

I like the way the book of Mark quotes Jesus’ words, “And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.” He didn’t say that they would immediately be fishers of men, but that Jesus would teach and train them how to do it.

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fortune rafomoyo March 5, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I have a question. I have been having some debates as so how people should be baptised.I believe people should be baptised in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost and because a lot of verses have said ‘baptised into Christ’ there has been a confusion that has been created with most of the churches now baptising only in the name of ‘Christ’.Please help me understang this issuye as i think its one of the fundamentals of christianity. According to my understanding only one verse tells us ‘HOW’ people should be baptised and that is Mathew 28vs 19-20. All the other verses basically tell us we are being baptised into Christ which is 100% correct but not baptised in the name of Christ only.Please help me understand.

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Jack March 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Thank you Fortune for your question and for visiting us. Very good question and which much confusion does occur. The first thing is that it is not so much if you are put under the water three times or one time, but from what I learned at seminary, we had real baptisms to go through the process. I believe a person is not saved by baptism but we should be baptized. Baptism is a symbol of death (going under the water) and new life (coming out of the water) but not eternal life (which comes from placing your faith and trust in Jesus and repenting and believing in Him).

I personally like to use this method as an ordained minister patterned after the biblical model.

“I baptize you in the Name of the Father (going under the water), and in the Name of the Son (going under the water), and in the Name of the Holy Spirit (going under the water a 3rd time).”

Having said that, I believe that baptism is an outward symbol of an inward conversion and baptizing someone only one time under the water and saying “I baptize you in the Name of Jesus Christ” will suffice because no one receives eternal life by baptism but by Jesus’ Christ’s atoning work at Calvary and a repenting, confessing (of sin), professing Christ as Savior and Lord, and possessing Him in their walk in life. Myself, I prefer “I baptize you in the Name of the Father and in the Name of the Son, and in the Name of the Holy Spirit ” even if you are submerged under water one time or three times. Sprinkling is not considered a baptism because the verb form is βαπτιζω in the original language (Koine Greek it is baptidzo) and it means “to dip repeatedly, to immerse, submerge…to cleanse by dipping or submerging”. I like the cleanse by submerging wording here.

Let me know if this helped to answer your question and again, thank you for your question Fortune.

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Shane May 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm

You believe that baptism does not save? But 1 Peter 3:21 shows 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:”

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Jack May 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm

I believe that Jesus saves. Baptism is to be followed by a person being saved. By the way, 1 Peter 3:20-21 says, “In it only a few people, eight in all,[Noah & those in the Ark] were saved [they were saved first!] through water, [the flood, not baptizing water] and this water [the flood water] SYMBOLIZES baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.”

You need to include ALL the text instead of taking one portion of one Scripture out of context to make a pretext. That is bad hermeneutics.

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Shane May 15, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Mostly you just asserts that baptism is an outward symbol of inward conversion. You do not prove that in the Bible. Just as Noah and his family were saved from the wickedness of the world through the water of the flood so also the water of baptism saves us from sin and wickedness. I don’t know what you mean they were saved first. Certainly the water that saved them was the flood–everyone knows this. The water that saves us is baptism as the text says.

Jack May 15, 2012 at 6:39 pm

I feel badly for you Shane that you are basically saying that Jesus’ death on the cross was not enough to save us and that you have to add the ordinance of baptism to make it enough for us to be saved. Jesus said at the cross, just moments before He died, “It is finished.” The Greek for this is “Tetelestai” which literally means “PAID IN FULL.”

For every one of the handful of Scriptures people use to try and prove that baptism saves, there are 10 more to show that Jesus alone saves (Acts 4:12, etc.). God bless you.

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Rhonda June 12, 2012 at 10:53 am

Jack or anyone…send me some of that enlightenment will you…I have been doing a lot of soul searching and am filled with confusion. I have been UPC for 20 years off and on…and all I am, is confused.
I don’t feel saved, I feel doomed. I don’t feel love and growth…just fear.

David Peach September 17, 2012 at 5:39 am

Rhonda, Please see our link at the top called Come to Jesus. After reading that contact us and we will help you as much as we can. You don’t have to live in fear.

nozipho zulu March 28, 2012 at 5:11 am

this is indeed poweful I did gain a lot,stay blessed.

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jen March 30, 2012 at 10:26 am

“As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. ” Joshua 24:15

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jen March 30, 2012 at 10:28 am

“I am a child of God.” John 1:12 These are the two we are using. :)

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rene April 16, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Hi there, please help! Is it true? If u r not baptized one will never be filled with the holy spirit?

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Jack April 16, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Hi Rene. Thank you for your comment. There are many who have been baptized but obviously were not saved but I believe, as the Bible teaches, that everyone that is saved should be baptized. Jesus alone saves (Acts 4:12) and we are saved by grace alone and not by works but we are saved for works and grace alone does not remain alone for it produces works. If baptism is required to be saved, then does this mean that the thief on the cross is lost since he was not baptized is….and Abraham, David….and others?

Many mention Mark 16:15,16 and several others that they claim ties salvation into baptism? Does salvation come before baptism or as a result of it? We can no more be saved before baptism than we can before believing.

It is like 1 + 1 = 2. Take away either of the “1′s” and you no longer have two. Likewise if you take away either faith or baptism, you no longer have salvation. Read the Scripture. It actually says you will be condemned if you don’t believe, but it doesn’t say you will be condemned if you are not baptized.

The Bible does not always spell out what we have to do to be lost. It tells us what we have to do to be saved and expects us to realize that, if we don’t do it, we will be lost. Further, the person who has a true faith will believe that baptism is necessary. Jesus said to believe the gospel (v15,16). What does the gospel say? “He who believes and is baptized shall be saved.” What if I don’t believe that? Then I don’t believe the gospel! What does the passage say about people who don’t believe the gospel? There are a lot of people who have been baptized but are clearly not saved (by the lack of fruits, by which Christ said we would know them).

Please read more at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/does-baptism-save-you-a-biblical-analysis/#ixzz1sEZIun9M

I hope this answered your concern. Thank you for your comment, your question, and for visiting us.

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C.GARY May 9, 2012 at 12:05 am

“Jesus alone saves (Acts 4:12) and we are saved by grace alone and not by works but we are saved for works and grace alone does not remain alone for it produces works. If baptism is required to be saved, then does this mean that the thief on the cross is lost since he was not baptized is….and Abraham, David….and others?”

The thief on the cross nor Abraham or David would need to be saved by baptism because the great commision had not gone out until after the resurrection of Jesus. (Mat 28:19). They were still under the old covenant and Baptism as part of salvation(Mark 16:16) and for remission of sins(Acts 2:38) was after. So of course The thief on the cross would not need to be baptised.

Am i saying that Baptism by itself saves? No. But it is commanded by God himself(Mat 28:19) and the apostles(Acts 2:38) and you have examples in Acts where people were baptized. If something is commanded and not followed is that not disobedience? Baptism plays a part in our salvation.

Mark 16:16 states belief and Baptism saves, but one is condemned if they don’t believe. The common answer to that is that “it doesn’t say you are condemned if you are not baptized”. Well if one does not believe they will not Baptized, so that is not a good argument.

I’ve also heard many say they believe Baptism is an outward show of faith. The first problem with that is that they say they BELIEVE. Is it our own belief or the bible. The second problem is that, the bible states that nowhere, not one verse of scripture says that.

I’ve also heard we saved by faith alone and grace alone and there is nothing we can do. First off, if its by grace alone, then there is no need for faith. If its by faith alone, then there is no need for grace. People need to watch how they word things. We are saved by faith THROUGH grace(Eph 2:8-9). We do not deserve to be saved but because of what christ did on the cross we have the opportunity for eternal life. Does Eph 2:8-9 exclude all works? No. Paul throughout the new testament excludes works of the LAW, which the Jews tried to hold on to. (Rom 4, gal 3, etc.) Does that exclude belief? No. But that is something we are required to do on our part. It is also said to be a work(john 6:29). Is baptism something we need to do? yes. So does Eph 2:8,9 exclude it?no. What about repentance? (Acts 17:30, luke 13:3-5), that is something we have to do.

“Many mention Mark 16:15,16 and several others that they claim ties salvation into baptism? Does salvation come before baptism or as a result of it? We can no more be saved before baptism than we can before believing.”

I mentioned Mark 16 earlier but i would like to address the question about when one was saved, before or after baptism. Here is a biblical example many overlook….Acts 2:40And with many words did he testify and exhort, saying, save yourselves from this untowrd generation.41then they gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
When were they saved or added to the body of christ? Was it before or after Baptism? They were already pricked in there hearts and already believed when they asked in verse 37, what shall we do. Do we just take one passage of scripture and come to a conclusion or do we put them all together.

From reading God’s word we will be saved by Gods grace through faith and obedience to what he requires of us which includes faith, repentance, renewing our minds and living a holy life, baptism, etc.

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C.GARY May 9, 2012 at 1:54 am

I forgot to add one thing…
Another common thing asked is what if a person believes before he dies on a deathbed and doesn’t get the chance to be baptized?
Good question, but i would say do we teach what the scripture says or off of a feeling, event or situation? The answer is we teach from the word of God. Should we keep God in a box? No. God can’t be put in a box, it is up to God and God only to make the call on whether that person will be saved on there deathbed. Neither myself or anyone else can assume what would happen in a situation like that. All we can do as christians is spread Gods word based off of what it says not what we think. So in a nutshell the answer to the question about what would god do with the person who confesses on his deathbed is “NO ONE KNOWS”.

One last thing as far as the command to be baptized, as stated in hebrews the new covenant(testament did not go into effect until the death of christ)..Hebrews 9:15And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means od death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.18Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood19For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, 20Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. 21Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. 22And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

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Christian Apologist Yannik May 10, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Awesome Bible Lesson C.Gary! Thank You! I Agree with what You said. GBU!

M.DELIGHT April 10, 2014 at 2:02 pm

C.GARY*** I so much like ur inspirational message,
Pls keep it up and remain blessed***

aaron April 28, 2012 at 11:24 am

I believe when one gets saved, that we are baptized in the blood of Jesus and that we should get baptized with water as an outward expression of what we have received on the inside. You are symbolizing burying the old and coming out renewed in Christ. We must put action behind our faith. For faith without works is dead. see James 2:26

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patricia gutierrez May 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Hola compañeros queridos.

El problema no es si alguien es bautizado o no y si por esto es llevado a ser salvo o no.

La vida en Dios es un proceso, o en otras palabras es una REMODELACION DEL ALMA, mucha gente es bautizada y no ha muerto a esas viejas costumbres pecaminosas que lo distancian de la presencia de nuestro padre; y existen muchas otras personas que sin tener el bautismo cristiano nos dan lección de vida en muchos aspectos de la existencia humana.

Lo único cierto es que una persona que se determina a seguir a Cristo debe decidirse a hacer la voluntad de Dios, la cual es buena, agradable y perfecta. Dios mismo nos dice que el ejemplo a seguir es su hijo Jesus, por eso nos invita a que seamos semejantes a El.

Jesus se bautizo para darnos ejemplo.

Ahora bien, las escrituras hablan del padre, del hijo y del estiritu santo y aunque en varios versiculos habla del bautismo en el nombre de Cristo, ello, es solo una muestra del camino que debemos seguir (Jesus es el camino, la verdad y la vida) y se entrego a si mismo por amor a nosotros y como tal debemos reconocerle y honrrarlo como nuestro padre que esta en los cielos, le ha glorificado.

Dios los bendiga.

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Jack May 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Muchos Gracias Patricia. Let me translate, in my less than perfect Spanish to our readers what this lady just said:

“Hello comrades.

The problem is not whether one is baptized or not and if it is taken to be saved or not.

Life in God is a process, or in other words is a REMODELING OF THE SOUL, many people are baptized and have not killed those old sinful ways they distance themselves from the presence of our father, and there are many others without the Christian baptism give us life lessons in many aspects of human existence.

The only certainty is that a person who is determined to follow Christ should decide to do the will of God, which is good and acceptable and perfect. God tells us that the role model is his son Jesus, so we invited us to be like Him

Jesus was baptized to give us an example.

Now, the Bible speaks of Father, Son and Holy estiritu and although several verses speak of the baptism in the name of Christ, this is just a sample of the way forward (Jesus is the Way, the Truth and life) and gave himself for our sake and as such we recognize and honrrarlo as our father who is in heaven, has glorified.

God bless you.”

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xola ndlovu May 19, 2012 at 11:37 am

hi jack,n shane as wel as otherz,im gettng batisd 2moro,n iam a saved young child of GOD,it ma prayer dat lord gve m gifts of holy spirit.amen

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Jack May 19, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Congratulations Xola. I am so pleased that you are saved. If you are saved, you do not need to pray that God gives you His Holy Spirit for you already have it when you are saved. Great news on your upcoming baptism.

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Jeswin Samuel June 3, 2012 at 11:08 am

To Nerlin Anaya,
It,s Jesus’ own command to baptize in the three titles Father the Son and the Holy Spirit
Matthew 28:18-20
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Hence wherever, in the scriptures, baptism has taken place, we must understand it accordance with commandment of Jesus Christ. Means, every baptism that stated in Bible is in the three titles Father the Son and the Holy Spirit.

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Jack Wellman June 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Rhonda, let me say that you can be sure you are saved. I love to have those who doubt their salvation read 1, 2, and 3 John. These three little books in the New Testament are wonderful in reassuring a believer that they are saved….or, if they are not, they show that they are not. They contain tests of what John says you can “know” for sure or you are not for sure. I highly recommend you read these three books and the gospel of John for the reassurance of your salvation. It is not about what you feel but about what you can know for sure.

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Rick June 15, 2012 at 11:09 pm

if i die before i get baptized am i condemned?

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Jack Wellman June 16, 2012 at 11:34 am

Hello Rick. I can not speak for the author of this article, David and he may tell you something different but let me say this. Jesus is the One Who saves (Acts 4:12). To say that baptism saves is to say that the sufficiency of the price that Jesus paid at Calvary is not enough and we must complete the work of salvation by baptism. I would say that if you are saved you need to be baptized but no one enters heaven apart from placing their trust and faith in Jesus Christ. Which comes first? Salvation and after salvation comes baptism but the thief on the cross had no chance and Jesus said “Today you will be with me in Paradise.” Hope this helps Rick.

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David Peach June 16, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Rick, your salvation does not depend on your baptism. But let’s back up a minute and start with some more basic information.

Are you saved? Have you put your faith and trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross as payment for your sins? Our condemnation has nothing to do with what we will or should do as a Christian. Our condemnation exists because we are sinners in need of a Savior.

Make sure of your salvation first. Then, as an act of obedience to the Savior you should consider baptism. But until you put your faith and trust in Christ as your Savior you could be baptized 50 times and it will do nothing for you.

If you are saved and do not get baptized you are not condemned to hell. As Jack pointed out, the thief on the cross had no opportunity to be baptized but Jesus said that he would be in paradise with Christ that same day.

While baptism is important, there are many other commands of Jesus that we should obey. We are told to love one another. We are told that our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost and that we should be holy. Which is more important, baptism or loving others? Both are acts of obedience. But neither will earn your salvation.

I hope this helps you Rick.

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Pamela Rose Williams June 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I would like to add this my brothers. If our salvation was based upon the “work” of baptism than we would not be saved by grace through faith.

We are saved by the “work” that Jesus did on the cross not by any “work” of our own. (Isaiah 57:12; Romans 4:6; Eph 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)

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binnu July 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm

its vry nice to read tis baptism bible scriptures

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Tiffany Gordon July 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I got baptized today and let me tell you WOW – The feeling of happiness and thankfulness was so profound. This is the biggest commitment i will ever make and I know without a doubt I will stay commited!! God is so good and so forgiving.

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David Peach July 15, 2012 at 9:19 pm

That is exciting to read Tiffany! Thank you for sharing.

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Greg Lute July 30, 2012 at 3:32 pm

That is great news Tiffany!! I pray that you never lose the feeling that the Holy Spirit is giving you now. Let the Holy Spirit work in your life and you will do great things for our Lord Jesus the Christ!

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Eunice August 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I have a question. I’m real confused. My pastor wants all of us to be baptized again even if we were already baptized before. I have been baptized years back and receive the Holy Spirit too. My mom doesn’t agree with me being baptized for the second time. I know I should obey my mom but I should also obey my Pastor. I don’t know what action to take. To make it worse I’m real confused in what he wants to baptize under Jesus only or In the name of the Father, the son & the Holy Spirit. What should I do? I’ve been asking the Lord for guidance but this will take place Sunday & I still don’t know what to do. Please help me.

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David Peach August 28, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Eunice, I am sorry that I did not get a chance to answer your question before that particular weekend. But I will answer it anyway so that it can be a help to others. Obviously I don’t know what choice you made, but here is what I would recommend.

Depending on how old you are, you should seek to obey, respect and honor your parent’s desires. If you are still under their authority, then I would have to say that you need to obey your mother and not be baptized at this time. Talk with your pastor and let him know why you are making the choice that you are. Then ask your pastor to speak with your mother. It may be that your mother does not have all the information she needs. Either way, I think your pastor would agree that it is important to obey the clear command of God and honor your parents. When you are no longer under their authority then you can be baptized at a later time.

As for getting baptized a second time, I would say it depends on why he is asking you to be baptized again. In my church we would accept some people’s previous baptism, but not others. It depends on which church and doctrine they came from. A quick example is that we believe baptism does not save a person, it is merely an identification with Christ and a step of Christian obedience. However, if you came from a church that believed that salvation was earned through the act of baptism, then we would ask you to be baptized after you gave clear testimony that you are trusting in the shed blood of Jesus Christ for your salvation. Then you would be baptized in order to join our church as a member.

There are many other reasons why a pastor may ask you to be baptized again. That is just one example.

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lorna September 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Hi I’m studying in a Christian university here in Nairobi, Kenya – East Africa. We have been told to research on this question as part of our assignment. Please assist me.

Identify at least one Christian tradition and critically assess the main elements of their Christian faith, indicating how this is in conformity or variance with the mainstream Christianity.

My idea is baptism and I have points such as immersion and infant sprinkling which our churches have adopted. Any other ideas you can chip in?

Be blessed.

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Jan October 3, 2012 at 8:55 am

Thank you for the fedback from the brethren.concerning baptism, in john 3v5 it says unless a man is born again with water and the spirit he cannot see the kingdom of God and mk 16v16 says he who believes and is baptised shall be saved.acts 2v38 first everyone should repent and then baptised in Jesus name for the remission of sins and then shall recieve the gift of the holy spirit. once you do this you are born again.Baptism is always in the name of the Lord Jesus christ because salvation is in the name of Jesus christ.

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JUKE October 7, 2012 at 9:57 pm

john 3v5 it says unless a man is born again with water and the spirit he cannot see the kingdom of God. This alone tells you that water baptism is an integral part of salvation.

Mark 16v16 says he who believes and is baptised shall be saved. (This verse makes it clear that that just saying that you believe is not enough. If you realy believe you will accept baptism).

Acts 2v38 told us we should repent and then baptised in Jesus name for the remission of sins and then shall recieve the gift of the holy spirit. (It is to be noted that baptism should be done in the name of Jesus Christ)

Acts 4v12 told us that neither is there salvation in any other name but that of Jesus Christ ( This being the case man can only be saved if they are baptised in the name of Jesus Christ)

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David Peach October 8, 2012 at 10:17 am

Jan and Juke, our writer Jack has an excellent article on this issue. Check out what he has to say about whether baptism saves or not.

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M.DELIGHT April 10, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Hi
Everyone will like to claim right in time of debates and argument and it’s also known that No one is perfect like our Heavenly father,
I just want us to know that uncompleted journey is not yet completed until we reach where we are hoping to reach,
It’s pure and simple that baptism saves because bible let us know that a true born again without baptism can never and never see the Kingdom of God*
@sir David- sir Jack have know right to decide (whether baptism saves or not) bt it matters what the Holy bible says concerning baptism***

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Alan October 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Believe in GOD.He is mighty GOD

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Ashley Autry October 28, 2012 at 3:56 am

There are quit a few more versus in the bible that speak on salvation with no baptismal reference. If baptism were that important to/in salvation, then God/Christ would have proclaimed it in the text. He is a loving God, and He would have stated in EVERY verse that baptism should be performed if it took such a huge part in salvation itself. However, He did not do that. There is a reason He didn’t. Christ wanted to emphasis the importance of being saved through grace by faith, not baptism. If baptism were needed for salvation, we would need it daily if not hourly. We are still human sinners, even with Christ we are not flawless as He…we strive to be! (I do!) It is challenging, sometimes we may not even know we have sinned until it is pointed out to us. Who knows the times we have not even recognized our sin due to our human nature. So, do we get baptist often? Of course not. Baptism it simply verification of the fruits of your spirit. (The only way we may judge someone.) Baptism is mentioned to the effect of outwardly showing your inward change. We are suppose to carry that effect with us everyday so that OTHERS may see Christ in us just as baptism showed Christ IN us to them. Think of it this way. If Christ were in us at salvation (belief by grace through faith), then why would we need it again through baptism? One gains the Holy Spirit through salvation alone. Also, if baptism is an equal step in salvation, then one could come before the other, but we all know there is scripture that disproves that. God would not have made a two fold process due to the fact we know not what a day may bring. In other words, we could die the next hour before baptism. The thief on the cross is an excellent example of that. I think God planted that thief on the cross at that exact time to show that baptism is not a deal breaker. My prayer is that you search the scripture out. Please read the whole bible before going with a man’s opinion. Ask God to give you WISDOM! It’s the best think I ever did! May God Bless each and every one of you and the purpose you are so divinely made for! – Love ya!

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Robert February 28, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Ashley… your argument that grace by faith prevails as the only criteria for being saved because if baptism was required then God/Christ would have stated so in every verse is flawed… one example:

On the day of Pentecost, Acts 2:37-41 says, [37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” 38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” 40 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!” 41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.]

If your argument were valid then in this passage, by your own criteria, you would necessarily reason that ‘faith’ (not mentioned anywhere in this passage) is not needed to be saved.

But, we know that belief and faith in Christ is indeed the first requirement in our gaining salvation. If one does not believe then one has no hope (John 3:18), nor any reason to pursue a Christian life in any other way in seeking salvation.

I would close in asking something that has always left me wondering… Since the bible is the Inspired (God breathed) word of God; how many times should God/Christ have to say something for it to apply?

God Bless All There

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rc July 27, 2013 at 10:30 am

it is amazing to me that we can put a physical act that we perform (baptism) on the same level as the act of the “I AM” who died and rose again. Man continues to try and climb up on the cross with Jesus and take credit for his/her salvation. What can wash away my sin…..NOTHING but the BLOOD of JESUS!!! Yes!!!! Be baptised as an expression of your love and devotion to the ONE who paid it all……..JESUS….it’s all about HIM!!!

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Jack Wellman July 27, 2013 at 10:43 am

Amen RC. You have said it well and that the bottom line is that we are saved by Christ alone and having faith or trust in Him alone. Yes, we should get baptized but it is not to be saved but because we are saved we get baptized. That is a huge difference. Great comment RC. Thank you.

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C Gary July 28, 2013 at 8:07 am

The question isn’t what men think or feel what Baptism is? It’s what does the bible say in regards to baptism. I see many people say Baptism is an outward show of an inward faith, etc. But where is that in scripture? At the end of the day its about what the bible says and not what we think or feel.

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Margo November 7, 2012 at 11:48 pm

I have recently gone through a “faith rejuvenation” and during that time I decided that I have a strong desire, more like a need, to be baptized as an adult by my own decision. I have a few reasons why I find this so important, but the question I have at the moment is when will I know that I am ready to be baptized? I have a sense of urgency to be baptized in the very near future, but I want to know when the right time for me will be; I guess I don’t want it to be perceived as an impulsive act. The other problem I face is that I have not yet found the church that I want to become a member of and therefore, I have nowhere to be baptized at the present moment. So, how will I know when I’m ready and how can I find the right church for me?

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Jude January 21, 2013 at 4:06 am

Hi,

I have always been a believer in Christ and I have no doubts that he is my lord and savior but never water baptized, 7 years ago at the age of 23 I was baptized by a Catholic Priest, I was baptized the catholic way (not fully submerged). I am not a catholic. I believe completely that I am saved. I know that Jesus was fully submerged when he was baptized and that his baptism is an example. I believe that baptism is an act of obedience and public declaration of that obedience and faith in Jesus Christ. Which I declare everyday with all my heart.

If we are to use Jesus’s baptism word for word as an example of the only way to be baptized then by those standards, no one is really baptized until they are baptized in the River Jordan.

I like to believe that somethings are beyond our human comprehension and that we will have our answers/explanations in our Lords own good time, until then we need to live in faith.

I think we spend too much time on technicalities, and less time in just glorifying Jesus and being thankful for his sacrifice.

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Jack Wellman January 21, 2013 at 11:07 am

Thank you Jude for your comment. You mentioned that you are a Christian and I thank God for that but then you said that “no one is really baptized until they are baptized in the River Jordan.” Were you baptized in the River Jordan? If not, then are you saying that you are not truly saved or were properly baptized? What about Jesus command in Matthew 28:18-20 where He said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”? Do these in the other nations need to come to the River Jordan to be properly baptized or saved sir? I am trying to understand what you have said and so I apologize if I am misunderstanding.

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Jude January 21, 2013 at 11:55 am

Hi Jack,

I apologize but I think you misunderstood me or maybe I just didn’t explain well, I was referring to the debate on the correct way of being baptized, the question of being fully submerged once or submerged 3 times or having water poured just over the head, My belief is that baptism has a much more deeper meaning, it means that I am making a public declaration of my obedience to his word, my decision to turn away from sin and my declaration to everyone that Jesus is my lord and Savior. the manner in which one is baptized doesn’t matter as much as what’s really going on in their hearts and that is what our lord Jesus looks at.

If the reason the only correct way to be baptized is to be fully submerged because that is the way Jesus our lord was baptized then by that example the only correct way to be baptized would also entail being fully submerged in the river JORDAN.

Jude.

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Jack Wellman January 21, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Thank you Jude. I am sorry…perhaps it is my grandfatherliness that is catching up with me. Please forgive me sir. You are spot on sir about the submersion being the actual biblical baptism that is spoken on. It comes from the Greek word baptisma, meaning submersion, not sprinkling, or dipping, or pouring. Thank you for your input sir.

Now…what did I do with my car keys!? LOL

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Anthony June 10, 2013 at 12:53 pm

The Catholic Church, the one started by Jesus Christ, the one whose leaders can trace their office back to one of the 12 Apostles. The only reason that any Christian today has reverence for the Bible is because the Catholic Church has said that the books contained therein are sacred Scripture.
Just the simple fact that we revere Scripture and follow what is contained within is a Tradition of the Catholic Church. Some people follow Catholic teachings and don’t even know it!

“Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ,” said St. Jerome

Sam March 1, 2013 at 2:45 am

Jude…

Consider… was the Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts 8:36 baptized in the Jordan? (where both he and Philip ‘went down into’ the water by the way). The eunuch was returning to Ethiopia on the road descending from Jerusalem to Gaza. The Jordan is many miles from where they were.

Lydia, referred to in (Acts 16:11-15), was baptized somewhere in Philippi, which is nowhere near the Jordan. Paul and Silas’ jailer of (Acts 16:27-34) was baptized there too.

Jesus said in John 3:5 “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

He says “of water” here, and in NO verse of the bible does it say of water from any particular source.

God desires for all to be saved (1 Tim 2:4). In (Mark 16:15-16 Jesus Himself says); 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

Jesus said ALL the world. In desiring all to be saved would God require someone living somewhere on the other side of the world travel to the river Jordan in order to be saved?

Also… as to baptism, which originally is written ‘baptizo’ (immersion) the bible contains examples of those that suffered because things were not done the way in which He, our Holy God, prescribed.

In (Gen 12:1-3) God told Abram to ‘Go forth from your country and your relatives… but Abram & Sarai took along Lot, whom God did not authorize. It was not until Lot left Abram after trouble between his an Abram’s herdsmen, and went into the Valley of the Jordon and Sodom, before God blessed Abram/Abraham in (Gen 13:14-16). In (Numbers 20:8) Moses struck the stone to bring forth water instead of speaking to it as God had instructed, and thus was denied going into the Promised Land (which he had sought for many hard years in service to God). Lot’s wife simply looked back at the destruction of Sodom, in spite of God’s warning, and was turned into a pillar of salt… and we can find other examples.

Holy God, our Creator, Master and Father of All, deserves to be worshiped in respectful obedience. Doing things as man ‘thinks’ is a possible prescription for suffering and even disaster. Is it worth it to take a chance on missing heaven because we “think or believe, or don’t think or believe” it makes a difference to God the way we do things? Wouldn’t it simply be better to obey?
In (Isaiah 55:8-9) God says:
8″For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.

I hope we all can further mature and learn in our desire to walk in the light as God wills. I know I personally have much learning to do and I am so thankful that I have the Holy Spirit as a guide and friend along the way.

Praying for God’s blessings upon all…
Sam

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Akwue Chima Choosy February 18, 2013 at 11:26 am

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agnes collins February 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Why would anyone be baptised if they did not believe? You first have to hear, then believe, and have faith and then be baptised. No baptism alone does not save you but if you will believe just part of the bible and not all of what it says then you are taking a very big chance on your salvation. As for me I am not willing to take that chance and am baptised by emersion, a very small sacrifice to take next to what Jesus had to go through for us to be saved.

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M.DELIGHT April 10, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Thanks @JAN*** Baptism is very vital to every Believer of Christ Jesus because I completely understand that repentance without baptism can never experience the Kingdom of God***
I am even preparing for my own baptism on 16 of April 2014 just to complete our God’s command***

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Heston March 3, 2013 at 3:16 pm

The word baptism is a transliteration. In the Greek language the word is baptizo which means Immersion. So when the Bible says baptize it literally is supposed to be the word immersed. If one were to say ,I baptize with sprinkling or pouring, they would be saying , I immerse with sprinkling or pouring, which is a complete contradiction of terms. Baptism is a salvation issue and is very important. The Bible requires of submerging or dunking, not sprinkling or pouring.

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brent bacon March 16, 2013 at 9:08 pm

I believe if one is able to be baptized- one must to be saved. Just like if two people were at a park- and see a woman getting robbed. One man that was able bodied did nothing, and a man in a wheel chair did nothing. I believe God will hold the able body man accountable and the wheel chair ridden man he may not. I believe conversion is a process- and baptism is a essential part of the process. If a person dies before they are baptised but believe in Christ- repented and live a clean life- that is Gods decision not mine. I Repented- confessed Jesus as my Lord and Savior- I was immersed into the watery grave, and now am a new creature following the rules he has set forth. I have followed the plan for me in the Bible- and I have confidence I am saved as long as I live clean and repent of my sins- Jesus will wash them away with his blood.

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Heston March 18, 2013 at 6:49 pm

I agree

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David Peach May 20, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Thank you for your comment Brent.

Do you have scriptural proof to say that if someone is not baptised that they cannot be saved? Or that one must live a clean life after salvation to keep their salvation?

It sounds like you are saying that the Bible teaches a works salvation. I just don’t see that taught in the Bible.

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Bill Iskra April 22, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Thank you for your website and the excellent articles . I have been ministering to people who have been trapped in the doctrines and cultic reasoning of the UPC . It is good to see some intelligent articles based upon Scripture .

I appreciate you giving readers an opportunity to comment or ask questions . I will be recommending your website to people as I like to show that I am not alone in many of the things I say in articles which I write . I am sure you know that sometimes it is very frustrating to read or hear statements from people who obviously have not adequately researched the subject they are presenting and are very judgemental . I have had someone from the UPC tell me that I may have crossed over the line with God to the point of no return . The reason is that I left the UPC and no longer believe that Salvation is through the Baptismal formula in the name of Jesus .

I am so thankful that I can say without a doubt that Salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ whereby someone receives the remission of sins and the Holy Spirit .

May God bless your ministry .

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Matthew Afuape May 20, 2013 at 2:43 am

Thank God for more explanation o n Baptism Commanded by God for all Believers…

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lou May 28, 2013 at 5:41 pm

I am a 16 year old girl getting baptised this weekend, and I would like to read out a bible reading but I’m not quite sure which one?

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brent bacon May 29, 2013 at 9:01 am

New American Standard is the most literal translation and easy to understand.

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David Peach May 30, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Maybe your pastor can help you pick something out. You can print these quotes for him to look at, or you he can give you some to consider.

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Helen Villaruel May 28, 2013 at 11:23 pm

for the past 3 yrs. i attended several christian church, attend the service mass, praise and worship, bible study, prayer meeting and seminars. But until now i have not decided when i be baptized, i know in my mind i want already to be baptized but in my heart says no. I am not ready yet, i was confuse. Our church says(Pastor), i cannot teach or give message during our church service to my co christian until i baptized,is it true?

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David Peach May 30, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Helen, Since baptism is a step of obedience, your pastor would like to see you show maturity in that area before he can trust you with other areas. There is nothing in the Bible that requires you to be baptized before you can teach others, but people who are teaching should be mature Christians. I think it is a very reasonable thing for your pastor to require you to be baptized.

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Helen Villaruel May 31, 2013 at 8:09 pm

PRAISE GOD!Thank you for the reply, i understand our Pastor, i am from Cebu Philippines,54 yrs.old, i was born and baptized Roman Catholic, but not religious one, i did not go to church every Sunday because i get bored and even to worship other idols i did not do it, and it was confusing and ask myself WHY?i was different from the other as a catholic, i remember before we have a subject in school Religion, but it hard for me to understand and memorized the traditional way how to pray and worship even rosary,i have with me a small book to enable to say the prayer, why i am like. Until,such time,i was already on my late 40′s, i have this very serious problem for me no one can help even my family and close friends. Until one day i went to the church(catholic)i make sure no mass that time, only few people inside the church,i pray but not infront those idols, i don’t even pray,i just sit, but i cry, and asking for help to him(GOD), I realize that moment GOD is listening to me, because GOD has a purpose of everything in my life,he guide me where’s the place i should go, until i attend Christian fellowship, read bible meet new friends,thats why one of my favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

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brent bacon May 29, 2013 at 9:03 am

There are many steps for us to be saved and Baptism is a required step. Plain and simple.

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b chiwandire July 5, 2013 at 8:19 am

wonderful message

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b chiwandire July 5, 2013 at 8:21 am

wonderful
message

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Brent Bacon July 5, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Some people here are saying that baptism is an outward showing of be saved. It is supposed to be a humble submission to God, repenting of your sins and them burying yourself in the watery grave of Christ’s death, and then being born a new person coming up out of the water. Baptism is for the forgiveness of sins, because you repent of your sins before, and confess Christ is your Lord and then are buried with Christ in Baptism. This does not make Christ’s death a mute point, but allows us an avenue to submit our lives to Christ in a way that he submitted to his Father- death- burial, and raising from the death. That is what baptism is- not just an outward act, but and inward change.

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Moyo July 17, 2013 at 6:40 am

Thanks and Glory be to God for all your contributions children of GOD ,i have really benefited a lot from this topic of baptism and really you are all speaking the same language but only different understanding ,lets read JOHN 14:8-9,John 14:16-17and (1 John 5:7),John1:1-3 so the conclusion is that weather baptized in the Name of the father,son and holy spirit or baptized in the name of Jesus is one and the same thing because Jesus said when you see me you have seen the father and it is on the same Jesus where the spirit of God descended from heaven in form of the dove after being baptized and was led by the same spirit.2timothy 1:7,also God is spirit(Genesis 1:2,4:23-24,

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Granthana Sunder August 7, 2013 at 10:30 am

This article is awesome, I am going to put this in my bookmarks before I lose the link I don’t believe I’ll ever find my way back again otherwise.

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Abby September 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm

I am being baptized this Saturday, 15 Sept 2013 and am very excited about it! I was saved and became born again in August 2013!!! I am still doing the happy dance!!! :D

This is something I want to do, because it means something for me. I LOVE my Father in Heaven…I believe everything He has said in the Bible and I can’t get enough! Hungryyyy! :)

I am sure of my salvation! I was accepted as I am. He loves us all THAT much! I have a LOT to work on, and learn, but I know my Father will be right there, holding me up and cheering me on!

So for me Baptism, is yes, an outwardly show maybe for some, but for me, it is what I want to do, it is just something inside me that I want.

God Bless you all! Love YOU!!!!!!

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Cheryl October 25, 2013 at 4:17 pm

I was raised in a denomination that baptized in the Name of Jesus only. Is there a difference to be baptized in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost vs. the Name of Jesus?

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Jack Wellman October 25, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Hello Cheryl. I do not believe that it matters for we are not saved by the method of baptism but by Jesus Christ alone (Acts 5:12, 16:30-31, Romans 10:9-13, etc) but we should get baptized. A person is not saved by baptism but a saved person does get baptized that is to be by submersion and so whether it is in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost or in Jesus’ Name does not affect your salvation one bit.

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Karen January 29, 2014 at 8:11 pm

This was very helpful. I have been having a running conversation with a lady at work who is Church of Christ. She absolutely insists that you must be saved and baptized to go to heaven. In other words it is a 2 step process. I am equally adamant that though baptism is great and to be sought, it not an absolute into getting into heaven and that confessing the Lord as Savior, and asking for forgiveness of sin is the one and only must. I cited a person who is saved, is scheduled for baptism the next week or day, and suddenly dies. She insists they are out of luck. I cited the deathbed conversions and the Thief on the cross. She insists the thief on the cross example was old law and we are under the new law. She is adamant that somewhere in Acts says you must be baptized in order to go to heaven. I obviously disagree. We are still discussing going to heaven. She insists that it is not until the final judgement that it will be determined and you will be assigned heaven or hell. I feel that a person may have a sin on the books (say lying for instance) and they did not have a chance to ask forgiveness for and suddenly die. Even though I have confessed Jesus as my Lord and savior and been baptized, she seems to feel that if I die in sin (the unconfessed lie), I may be judged to be in sin and not be assigned heaven. I think it is ridiculous and would love more information on that.

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Jack Wellman January 29, 2014 at 9:21 pm

This person is wrong. Jesus died for our sins and why would Jesus change the game just for the thief on the cross and have a different standard for us today? He is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. Romans 8:28-29 says “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” I want you to read this article that stresses about sins and that even deathbed conversions are real at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/are-deathbed-conversions-real-are-they-fair/

How many of our sins were ahead of the time when Christ died? ALL of them. We are forgiven and as Rom 8:28-29 says NOTHING can separate us from God. The person that believes this that you need to add baptism to be saved use about 3-4 verse to “proof text” this but there are nearly 100 + verses that say that believe in Christ and you will be saved. This lady is deceived and a person that feels that they can be saved and then sin just moments before death is living in fear and teaching others to live in fear. Jesus said that ALL that the father gives me to not ONE shall be lost (John 6:37-39) and that NO ONE can snatch them from my (Jesus) hands nor the hands of the Father (John 10:28-29). Let me say this….that people who feel or believe this way are not aligned with biblical doctrine and you will never be able to persuade them so don’t even try. People like this are usually not teachable, and not humble at all…it is there way or the highway. A Christian that doesn’t learn something new is one that God cannot use powerfully. They love to argue these points and that there are hundreds of conversions in the middle of battles and I personal had one of an elderly man to frail be lifted and be baptized and he agreed with Romans 10:9-13, John 3:16, Acts 16:30-31, Acts 4:12…and others like this and Jesus said that “Whoever believes in me, even though he dies, shall yet live again” (John 11:25-26).

Truly, only God alone knows whether a person has been saved or not. A man who was saved many years ago by an elder in the Moody Church was scheduled to be baptized the next Sunday but was killed before he ever had the chance. The point is that no one can say with certainty that this man was not saved just because he didn’t get the chance to get baptized. Also, there are many who are in the church today that have not likely been born again and they have deceived themselves but will have a terrible awareness some day by Jesus Christ Himself that they are not saved.
Now, let me share an experience with you about the wife of our church elder’s father. He was saved as a child, yet showed no fruit bearing repentance or fruits of the Holy Spirit in all of his life. I had known him for many years. Due to illness and impending death, he was moved to a bed and his daughter, the elder’s wife, asked that he move in with her so she could better care for him before he died. He was told he only had a few months, at best, to live. He was weakening rapidly and we could tell he wasn’t going to live much longer. I had been visiting him for several weeks when it occurred to me to share the gospel with this dying man in the event that he was not truly saved. I asked him if he believed that Jesus Christ actually existed, if He was God before the earth existed, if He was born of a virgin and conceived by the Holy Spirit, if He lived a sinless life, if He died on a cross to save sinners like you and me, if He was resurrected on the third day and ascended to and sits at the right hand of the Father? I also asked him if he was a sinner and needed a Savior. He weakly said, “Yes” each time. Then, a small tear came out of the corner of his eye. He said that he believed. Not only did he cry, so did I and so did the man’s daughter. He was too weak to be lifted up out of his bed to be baptized but he testified with his weak voice that he believed and we know that the promise is that “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

I truly believe this man was saved because he essentially believed and followed through on Romans 10:9-13

Finally, to say that baptism saves a person is to add works to the cross and robs God of glory for salvation is fully a work of God. I have written more on this at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/does-baptism-save-you-a-biblical-analysis/

Sorry this is so long but its very important. Stand firm. You are right because you believe what the Bible teaches…from the Old to the New Testament, from Genesis to Revelation.

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brent bacon January 30, 2014 at 12:10 am

There are so many things you have said that arevwrong, my head is spinning. Lets make this simple, why was the unich baptised, why was Paul told to be baptised?

we ourselves can seperate gods salvation from ourselves, if that is not true then once we become saved we are free to do anything we want, murder, cheating, stealing, lying.

baptism is not the act of being saved, it is the act of submissively being buried into Christs death and being born anew. This is when we are told we put the old man to death and the new man is born. Then we must grow in christ and continue to the end or we will be lost.

Baptism in the greek was baptizmo, immersion in water. Plain and simple. If baptism was not necessary then Christ was wrong in your eyes, since he told us to baptise and make disciples.

I see people saying being saved is free and does not need any action. If so, would the path be narrow or wide?

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Jack Wellman January 30, 2014 at 8:55 am

Mr. Bacon, truly, only God alone knows whether a person has been saved or not and you have no right nor do you have the ability sir to know if a person can be saved if they didn’t get or have time to get baptized. Surely they should get baptized but which comes first…conversion or baptism? Certainly a person is regenerated by the Holy Spirit first, by the Holy Spirit and not by water. A man who was saved many years ago by an elder in the Moody Church was scheduled to be baptized the next Sunday but was killed before he ever had the chance. The point is that no one, including you, can say with certainty that this man was not saved just because he didn’t get the chance to get baptized. Also, there are many who are in the church today that have not likely been born again and they have deceived themselves but will have a terrible awareness some day by Jesus Christ Himself that they are not saved.

Now, let me share an experience with you about the wife of our church elder’s father. He was saved as a child, yet showed no fruit bearing repentance or fruits of the Holy Spirit in all of his life. I had known him for many years. Due to illness and impending death, he was moved to a bed and his daughter, the elder’s wife, asked that he move in with her so she could better care for him before he died. He was told he only had a few months, at best, to live. He was weakening rapidly and we could tell he wasn’t going to live much longer. I had been visiting him for several weeks when it occurred to me to share the gospel with this dying man in the event that he was not truly saved. I asked him if he believed that Jesus Christ actually existed, if He was God before the earth existed, if He was born of a virgin and conceived by the Holy Spirit, if He lived a sinless life, if He died on a cross to save sinners like you and me, if He was resurrected on the third day and ascended to and sits at the right hand of the Father? I also asked him if he was a sinner and needed a Savior. He weakly said, “Yes” each time. Then, a small tear came out of the corner of his eye. He said that he believed. Not only did he cry, so did I and so did the man’s daughter. He was too weak to be lifted up out of his bed to be baptized but he testified with his weak voice that he believed and we know that the promise is that “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

I truly believe this man was saved because he essentially believed and followed through on Romans 10:9-13

Finally, to say that baptism saves a person is to add works to the cross and robs God of glory for salvation is fully a work of God. I have written more on this at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/does-baptism-save-you-a-biblical-analysis/

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Daniel Johnson March 9, 2014 at 12:38 am

Mark 16:16 states: He that believeth AND is baptized SHALL be saved. Ylou can’t do one without the other. Please notice the word ” and ” in this verse. You can’t do one without the other to get the results of salvation. Ex: If I told ppa person to walk north 20 paces and then take 10 paces east. Then at that very spot you dig down 12 inches in the ground at that spot you will find the gold. But you decide you weren’t going to do all that and you dig at the spot you wanted you wouldn’t pfind the buried gold. The Bible mentions 1) Hear. You have to hear the the gospel first to know what to do. 2) Believe. You have to believe the gospel is true. 3) Repent. You will need to repent of your sins. 4) Confess. Confess that Jesus is the Christ, God’s son. Then you are buried with Christ into His death to rise in a new life. Ready to serve God. A new creature ready to serve
God. That is what the Bible instructs. Faith without works is ” dead “

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moira March 27, 2014 at 1:22 am

Hat is the best script to put on a baptism candle??

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arlene April 1, 2014 at 1:15 am

If God Word convicted you to get baptize, and you obey, in the Father, Son and Holy Ghost or Jesus name, as long as do it in good faith, but without faith you can not please God. Jesus is coming soon Church get ready. Love in Christ…Arlene

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Ben April 27, 2014 at 5:49 pm

The difference between the thief on the cross and us is.
He was under the law of Moses for Jesus had not yet died. His repentance followed by baptism could not have been for it was not commanded by Jesus until he died and rose again. At the mouths of 2 or 3 witnesses ever matter shall be established. Where in the bible do you see (after Jesus’ death and ressurection) someone repenting but not being baptised?
The common call is to say if we must be baptised to be saved then it is of us and not given by grace. You are given a gift to but how do you take hold of it, use it, live it? The gift is given,it was given when Jesus rose, now what are we to do with that gift, how do we receive it? Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16, 1Peter 3:21. Paul, Peter to the 3000, The Eunech baptized by Phillip Acts 8. Lydia & the Phillipian Jailor Acts 16. Crispus Acts 19. With all of these examples baptism followed as soon as they received the revelation of Jesus. If it is not neccesary then why have we these examples. Romans 6 is also important to understand the spiritual death and new life we receive only through baptism.
God is gracious the word states it, he is not ignorant. If like the elderly Gentlemen mention about repented but was unable to be baptised then God is the judge and my hope and belief is this man can receive the gift of salvation. If we who are able ,know, read a believe God’s word, then you cannot deny the reason or the importance of being baptised. I cannot fathom standing before Jesus and saying “Nah I don’t believe that part of what you asked of us in baptism was important”. Will he say to you “well done my good and faithful servant”?

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