Does Baptism Save You? A Biblical Analysis

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What is the purpose of baptism?  What does baptism symbolize?  Does baptism save you?

What Is The Purpose of Baptism? 

Shortly after I was saved I was baptized.  I was baptized with the understanding of making a public testimonial of my profession of faith in Jesus Christ.  The key was that I was saved before I was baptized.  Baptism serves a purpose in the church and for Christians.  We are told to be baptized after we are saved by placing our faith in Christ.

If I were to put it in my own words I would say that it is an outward expression of an inward profession of our faith in Jesus to save.  When we are submerged into the water it symbolizes our death, when we are under the water it pictures our burial, and after we come up out of the water this symbolizes our new life; being resurrected in Christ to eternal life.  The ordinance of baptism did not save me, the water did not save me, the symbols did not save me; it was when I placed my faith in Jesus Christ that saved me.

Baptism does not make you a believer but it shows you that you are a believer.  It does not save a believer; it shows the believer has been saved.  It is often done in the presence of family members, in front of the church a person is or has joined, and reflects an inward expression of an outward faith.

Many of the Old Testament patriarchs and matriarchs were never baptized yet we know that they will be in the kingdom of heaven.  Men and women like Abraham, Moses, Ruth, Deborah, Aaron, David, Elijah, and so many others.  Even the thief on the cross was saved by his profession of belief in Jesus Christ as the Messiah and there was no chance of his coming down from the cross to be baptized.  The point is that a person can be saved even outside of a church home although this is no reason not to be part of the Body of Christ (the church) as the author of Hebrews says in chapter 10:25, “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”

What Does Baptism Symbolize? 

Baptism is a clear, public symbolic picture of the new life that we have in Christ.  We are not sinless of course after we are saved but we have died to sin and die to ourselves and have been raised with Him to new life.  This is precisely what Paul says in Romans 6:1-4, “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”  Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

Baptism is also symbolic of our identity with one another in the church.  We are united with other brothers and sister who are already in the faith-family of God thus we are identified with Christ and with the Body of Christ, the church.  The Greek word used for baptism (baptisma) is a noun and literally means “to submerge” or to be completely submerged which differs from being sprinkled.  When Jesus was baptized it was said that “when He had came up out of the water” which explains why John was called “John the Baptist“.  It was not referring to his denomination but to his method and if baptizing completely under the water was wrong, Jesus could have corrected John but He did not.

Does Baptism Save You?

First of all let us find out what the Bible says about what saves a sinner.  A personal opinion or idea will not do here.  We must fully trust in what the Word of God says because it is without error.  Humans are fully capable of making mistakes so when we find out what saves from the Bible itself, it is God speaking to us and we know it is right.  So what does the Bible actually say about what saves a sinner?  Let God speak to us from His inerrant Word.

The jailer asks the question that we are asking here in Acts 16:30-31:

Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”

Acts 4:12Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Romans 10:9 -13 “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 1:16For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”

Ephesians 1:13-14In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.”

Acts 13:38-39Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the Law of Moses.”

John 3:16-17For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

Not one of these Scriptures has adjacent verses that talk anything about adding to the saving work of believing in Jesus.  No mention is made of baptism in these verses and nothing is said like “but you must also be baptized”.  It is not believing plus baptism, believing plus church membership, believing plus (fill in the blank).  No, it is when you believe in Jesus Christ that saves you.  Anything that adds to this belief is works and to suggest that being baptized is necessary to being saved is tantamount to saying that Jesus perfect life, sacrifice, death, and resurrection was not enough:  I must add baptism to it to complete the saving work of Christ.

I have had the amazing experience of leading our church elder’s father-in-law to Christ on his death bed.  This gentleman had heard the gospel and knew about Christ but had never expressed his belief in Jesus’ atoning work on the cross.  He was so weak that he could not get out of bed.  He was extremely near death.  When I shared the message of the gospel with this man in his “death bed” he finally expressed his belief in Jesus Christ and placed his trust in Him.  I asked him if he believed that Jesus was born of a virgin, if he lived a sinless life, if he died on Calvary for our sins, if we was raised again in the resurrection….and this man say “Yes!  I do believe”.  He had tears in his eyes because I think he knew we was going to die soon.  I believe with all my heart that this man came to saving faith while lying in his bed.  He had no chance of ever being baptized.  He could not even muster enough strength to get up out of bed to be baptized or join a church.  He could not add one work to his faith except his belief in Christ.  Less than two days later this man did die.  No one can tell me that I will not see him in the kingdom of heaven or that since he was not baptized he was not saved.

The “death bed” conversion of that dying man was one of the most awesome experiences of my entire life.  I cried like a baby.  So did the church’s elder and his wife which was the man’s daughter.  I have done similar things to others in nursing homes or assisted living care centers where people were near death or in their last days.  They could not take the stress or strain of getting into or out of a tank, tub, or pool to be baptized, yet they still believed in Jesus Christ and placed their trust and faith in Him as their Savior.

Let me say that the word “believe” means to fully trust in, to completely rely upon, to absolutely lean on, and place all a persons faith in.  When they say they believe in Jesus it means that they believe that He was born of a virgin, that He lived a perfect life, that He gave His life on Calvary as a ransom for us, that He died and was resurrected on the third day, and that He will come again for us.  If any of these things are not believed, then there is no true faith.  To believe in Jesus Christ also means that we obey Him.  As the old church hymn says, we “trust and obey, for there is no other way.”  Even the devil and his demons believe but the do not obey nor do they place their trust in Him.

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Dennis May 24, 2016 at 10:46 am

Many influential men have weighed in on this subject though the ages. And I fear that many have been led astray due to false teachings. Consider Paul’s conversion. He was confronted by Jesus himself on the road to Damascus. Surely he believed. And for 3 days he was blind. The scripture tells us he was praying. If ever there is an example of the “sinner’s prayer” then this is it. A truly convinced believer who is calling out in prayer. BUT! This did not suffice. Paul was further instructed to get up and be baptized and wash away your sins calling on the name of the Lord.

About the thief on the cross. It has been noted that this was before the New covenant had been instituted but let me add that what the thief did was exactly what other true believers in Christ do. He confessed who Jesus was, acknowledged his own sin, and was killed along side Jesus. We can follow this example by getting in a time machine and crawling up on a cross beside Jesus or we can die to our old selves and be buried in the waters of baptism. Only one is possible.

As to baptism being a work. It is a work but it is a work of God. All we do is get in the water. God does the forgiving of sins. It’s like giving a toddler a bath. Who does the work? The toddler is getting the reward but the adult is doing all the work. In baptism we get the reward and God does the work. I am so thankful that he is willing to scrub on me.

False teaching is a reality. The scripture is very clear that there are wolves in sheep’s clothing at work. The tactics used are the same ones from the very beginning. Satan told Eve that God had said if you eat of the the fruit you will surely NOT die. He just added a word. NOT. The trick worked then and it still works today. It is Satan that says baptism in NOT needed for salvation.

I do believe in faith only salvation. I have faith that if I believe that Jesus is the son of God, that he died for my sins, that if i repent of my sins and then I am buried with Jesus in the waters of baptism then God will wash away my sins.

All that being said let me finish with this thought. I like the idea of the sinner’s prayer. If i were going to set everything up then that is the way I would do it. But it’s not up to me. If we are to be true believers then we should meet God on his terms not ours.

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Mary Southard September 9, 2016 at 8:26 am

The poster above is speaking the Truth. In addition to the Lord washing our sins away when we are buried with Jesus at baptism, He also places His Spirit in us. “Repent and be baptized everyone of you for the forgiveness of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2: 38. “This promise is for you, your children, your children’s children, for All whom the Lord our God shall call.” Acts 2: 39. The Lord calls us through the Gospel: I Thess. 2:14. There is no power in the water, but in Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and our faith in His power to resurrect us and save us. There are many verses teaching about the Lord cleansing us and giving us rebirth, but I doubt you will be convinced. We must rightly divide the word of truth and include all the pieces in the big picture. John 3: 3-5, I Peter 3: 21, Titus 3: 3-5 just to name a few.

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Peni September 23, 2017 at 7:13 am

I totally agree withis brother before, that we have to repent of sin by confess that Jesus is Lord follow by the act of surrender to Jesus, through baptism we seal or hope, for only through the death and the resurrection of Jesus, we have hope of been set free from the law that enslave us to sin, for it is through death that is the only wages demand by the law so that it can be satisfy, take note God does not break his law for he is Holy, but according to the scripture this false teaching used. Roman 6:3-5 through baptism we therefore DIE with Christ BURIED with Christ and RAISE with Christ. The Law that enslave us, has been fulfil and satisfied only through the death and the resurrection of Jesus.
Word believe is much deep then how we say it. Believe is like this picture. Two man both have a cup of poison and Jesus said to both man, if you drink the poison you will surely die. They both said to Jesus we believe you 100% but one drink and the other did not. Which one believe should we assume Jesus used? The one that drink and the other that did not drink? For even the devil believe that Jesus is Lord and is trample with fear. Was the devil saved? So thank you brother or Sister Dennis for sharing. God blessed you in Jesus name

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Darren January 11, 2018 at 3:45 pm

I don’t understand how one can teach on baptism and ignore every scripture that actually references baptism. Do these scriptures not have meaning? Do they lack authority? We need to trust and honor all scripture when we seek to understand their meaning. Among the many verses on baptism, are Christ’s command to baptize in the Great Commission, “those who believe and are baptized will be saved” and Peter’s reminder that “Baptism… now saves you.”

Mark 16:15-16
15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. 16 He who believes AND IS BAPTIZED will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned.”

1 Peter3:18-22
18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit; 19 in which he went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. 21 BAPTISM, which corresponds to this, NOW SAVES YOU, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a clear conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him.

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Jack Wellman January 11, 2018 at 4:22 pm

Hello Daren. Those are two great Scriptures but there are 10 times as many Scriptures which tell us to repent and believe, which is what Jesus said the gospel was. Every saved person should get baptized, but not to save themselves. Water has no redeeming qualities to save. Jesus alone saves. You are requiring water to complete salvation so then was Jesus death was not enough? We must add to it like with baptism. What of the man who had a “death bed” conversion and was in no condition to be baptized in such a state of physical deterioration that he could not even be lifted up out of his bed due to the risk of fracture of his vertebrae? That dying man’s conversion was not enough then to believe in Jesus Christ to be saved? (Acts 4:14, Rom 10:9, Acts 16:30-31). We could not baptize him yet he came to saving faith just before he died so he is headed to hell? How can another woman in a nursing home who accepted Christ also on her death bed not be saved after professing saving faith in Christ? She too is headed to hell? There are also scores of people who in car wrecks who professed faith in Christ. Once with a pastor who included it in his lifetime experiences and came to the scene after the accident. Remember that these three people who were dying and not able to be baptized professed with their tongue faith in Christ. The two elderly people understood the plan of salvation as I explained it clearly to them. And this was clearly in the New Covenant…this was just last summer! This was one of the most awesome experiences of my entire life and yet you say because they were not baptized they are not saved and headed to hell for eternity. I disagree.

The New Covenant was clearly established by Christ but it was actually BEFORE the cross if you believe Jesus: “And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples…. And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (Matthew 26:18-28 ). He repeats this phrase THREE TIMES “this is the new covenant” during the Passover.

27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the new covenant, which IS (is meaning it already is in effect) poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. He did not say, this “will be” the new covenant but “is”.

What would you say to those two death bed conversions of those two who had clearly believed in Jesus Christ before they died? Are the headed for hell then? What do you say about them?

It is not water + Jesus = salvation. It is Jesus + nothing = salvation, but then they are to be baptized, but not in order to be saved, but because they are saved!

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Chase April 18, 2018 at 10:42 am

1 Peter 3:21 “There is an antitype which now saves us – baptism (NOT THE REMOVAL OF FILTH OF THE FLESH, BUT THE ANSWER OF A GOOD CONSCIENCE TOWARD GOD), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

Jack, I agree that water does not save, but the above verse claims that it is the answer of a good conscience. Baptism saves because it is my response of obedience to God. You say these are good verses but there are more that don’t include baptism. What verse in Scripture says that baptism is to be done after being saved? What verse in Scripture says that baptism is an outward sign of an inward faith.

John 3:5 – “Unless one is born of WATER AND THE SPIRIT, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”

1 John 5:8 – “There are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.”

What else could this be describing if not baptism?

We must take all of Scripture together as one. Therefore, you are correct. There are a lot of great Scriptures that mention belief leading to salvation. But there are also many that include confession, repentance, faithful living, and baptism. If I believe and am not baptized, I’m not saved. If I am baptized but do not believe, I am not saved.

Acts 22:16 – (baptism washes away sin)

Acts 2:38 – (belief is not mentioned here as linked to remission of sin, so does that mean I don’t have to believe? Of course not. Also, how can I enter into heaven if my sins have not been forgiven? Baptism is linked here to remission)

Ephesians 5:26 – (regenerated by water?)

Romans 6:1-7 (This one seems to have already been covered in earlier comments)

Galatians 3:27 – (How can I be in Christ if I have put him on in baptism?)

1 Corinthians 12:13 – (baptism linked to the body of Christ)

Matthew 28:18-20 – (disciples made through baptism, not belief alone)

James 2:24 – (only time “faith alone” is used in Scripture is when we see that we are not justified by “faith alone”)

We can even see a parallel from 2 Kings 5 when Naaman was healed of leprosy. Was it the dirty water of the river that healed him? No. It was his obedient response that healed him.

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Jack Wellman April 18, 2018 at 11:09 am

Are you saying that baptism saves us or that it is what your conscience demands? This is not biblical. Baptism is an identification with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Water gets you wet. Jesus’ blood cleanses. We should get baptized, yes, but not in order to be saved but because we are saved. Naaman was cleansed because he obeyed what was told him, not because water cleansed him. Water gets dirt off but not sin.

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Dennis January 12, 2018 at 1:11 pm

It is not up to us to decide who is saved and who is not. And I am so glad to not have that responsibility. It is however our duty to share what the Word teaches us. One only need to read through Acts to clearly see what people in the 1st century who were being taught by the Apostles were doing to receive the gift of salvation from God.
Acts 2 Day of penecost
Act 8 The Samaritans
Act 8 The Ethiopian Eunuch
Acts 9 Conversion of Saul
Acts 10 Household of Cornelius
Acts 16 Lydia’s household
Acts 16 The Jailer and family
Acts 18 The Corinthians
Acts 19 The Ephisians
In everyone of the above examples baptism was done. What is baptism? WE DO NOT SAVE OURSELVES THROUGH BAPTISM. GOD SAVES US BY WASHING OUR SINS AWAY. He chose baptism to do this. What a wonderful scene to see a truly repentant believer buried in water and then be raised a brand new creature, having their sins washed away by God. A beautiful reenactment and acknowledgement of the death burial and resurrection of God’s only begotten son.

If someone becomes a true believer and repents of their sins but for some reason is not able to be baptized before they die then we should leave their salvation up to God. All we can do is teach what the Bible says try to follow God’s will to be best of our ability.

God is able to cleanse us of our sins in the waters of Baptism. Do you believe that he is able to do this? It’s not the work of the water or the work of the preacher or the work of the sinner being baptized but it is rather the work of God.

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Jack Wellman January 12, 2018 at 2:11 pm

You are not redeemed water but “with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot” (1 Peter 1:19) and taking even one example you gave of many, like in Acts 18, it does not say that they must believe and be baptized but Acts 18: simply says “his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized” so they believe first… They are not believers after water baptism but after they believe, so your examples have nothing to do with water completing a person’s salvation or that they must be baptized in order to be saved, so your argument falls flat. You wrote “God is able to cleanse us of our sins in the waters of Baptism” so tell me what chapter and verse. You are so wrong, but instead we are cleansed ” “with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot” (1 Peter 1:19). If water baptism saves anyone, I’d open up every fire hydrant in New York City and baptize them all, but it does not work this way my friend. Please reconsider that you are placing value on water and robbing God of glory because Jesus’ blood alone saves.

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Dennis January 22, 2018 at 10:15 am

Here is a chapter and verse as you requested. The passage speaks for itself and is very clear. It is sad that some will try to twist and explain way this clear teaching.

Colossians 2: 8-14
8See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spiritsa of the world, and not according to Christ. 9For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 11In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.13And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

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Jack Wellman January 22, 2018 at 10:47 am

Yes, we were buried with Him in baptism but not saved by Him in baptism. You are twisting this verse to mean something its not and taking a text out of context to create a false pretext. This is no proof text but just the opposite, showing we are saved only by Christ and not by water. I suggest you find out the true meaning of baptism which means to be identified with and not be saved by water. You need more study on this as you are surely off base.

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Shelia April 9, 2018 at 3:34 pm

Many religious people think, “He that believeth is saved and should be baptized.” But Christ Jesus said: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved (Mark 16:16). Some teach, “Baptism does not save us.” But the inspired apostle Peter wrote: The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (1 Peter 3:21, KJV). Which should we accept—the teaching of men, or the plain statements of the Word of God (John 12:48)?

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Jack Wellman April 9, 2018 at 4:47 pm

For that one verse or the other 2 or 3 that join salvation with baptism, there are dozens and dozens more that don’t mention baptism, so what people are saying that believe baptism is necessary to save is this: Jesus + baptism = salvation” when actually, Jesus + nothing = salvation (Eph 2:8-9) so I disagree that water is necessary to save. Every saved person is commanded to be baptized but not in order to be saved. I will not accept what you say because it is Jesus alone that saves. Water is water, and nothing more. Please be more diligent in studying this important doctrine.

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Jack Wellman January 12, 2018 at 2:12 pm

I suppose you must be from the Church of Christ.

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Shelia April 9, 2018 at 3:48 pm

What Is the Church?
The word “church” means “a called-out group of people.”

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Jack Wellman April 9, 2018 at 4:50 pm

Hello Sheila. I had to edit out your links as they were linked to a cult and it is not allowed on this site. I know the church is called “the called out ones” and the church is not a building. Nothing in this article even hinted at that. Please know your links and other comments were not allowed due to the heretical nature of them.

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Dennis January 25, 2018 at 11:31 am

I understand that my comments will not be posted. This should make you rethink your position on this matter. If the scriptures that I have been using to address the purpose of baptism are being incorrectly applied then I beg of you to please let me know where my error is. I am open to your comments and if you can show me with scripture where I am wrong then please do so.

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Jack Wellman January 25, 2018 at 11:36 am

Hello Dennis. I am glad you have commented but most of your stuff is so unbiblical that I don’t post it because I don’t want people to be misled. You are basically saying Jesus + Baptism = salvation, when Christ alone saves…with our without water. We should be baptized but not in order to be saved. This position of yours robs God of glory and glorifies water and gives water baptism special powers, which it does not have. You might want to start your own blog to post your opinions but not here my friend as our obligation is to the people of God to stay firmly in the Word of God and not mislead the people of God.

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Rodger April 25, 2018 at 9:32 am

God created water and used water to destroy mankind, save Noah and his family. Jesus turned water into wine, he walked on water, and he commanded water in the midst of a raging storm. If God wants to use water to cleanse us of our sins then he is certainly able. All you have to do to be saved is believe, but you have to believe it all. Do you believe Jesus is the son of God, that he came and walked among us, that he taught, that he healed, that he cried, that he suffered, that he died, that he was raised again? Do you believe that the Holy Spirit was poured out on his disciples, that they preached as the Spirit guided them, that they told the masses to repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins? Do you believe that Paul was visited by Jesus, that he was blinded for three days spent in prayer, that Ananias was sent to him, that Paul was told to arise and be baptized, washing away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord? All you have to do to be saved is believe, but you have to believe it all. Do you believe?

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Jack Wellman April 25, 2018 at 9:55 am

Yes, we only need to believe, but we must believe that only Jesus’ shed blood cleanses our sins and that the Bible says this in hundreds of places, but water is water and it gets you wet and water cannot take away sins. Only JEsus can and HIs shed blood. We should be baptized but not in order to cleanse our sins. Jesus did that and water can never do that.

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Rodger April 25, 2018 at 10:17 am

Paul says in Romans 6 that we are baptized into his death. You are correct in saying that the blood of Jesus, his sacrifice, is what saves us. This is what separates John’s baptism from us being baptized into Jesus. The only path to this saving blood, that is found in the Bible, is truly believing. Causing us to turn away from sin and being buried into the death of Christ in baptism and then raised a new creature. If there is another path, other examples of people being saved found in the Word, then I would very much appreciate those being called to my attention.

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Jack Wellman April 25, 2018 at 10:25 am

Yes, it is only by believing in Christ that we are saved and it’s a free gift, and one that doesn’t come after baptism. Acts 4:12; 16:30-31, John 11:25-26,etc.

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Rodger April 25, 2018 at 11:47 am

Acts 4:12 Peter says salvation only is found in Jesus. How very true.
Acts 16:30 Jailer asks what to do to be saved. Paul and Silas tell him to believe and he will be saved. But believe what? They spoke the word to them and what happened? He was baptized at once. He believed it all.
John 11:25 Jesus says whoever believes in me though he die he shall yet live. Gotta believe it because he said it. Se we must believe in Jesus. That after he said this he would go on to be sacrificed for our sins and die, but then be raised again. That he would send a comforter in the Holy Spirit. That the Spirit spoke though men to tell the story of Jesus. Men who made it abundantly clear that are sins are forgiven when we believe these facts and are buried with Jesus in baptism. You have to believe it all. It seems that we believe the same thing. I just believe more of it. All you have to do is believe but you have to believe it all.

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Keith Copeland October 16, 2018 at 4:44 am

Hi,
I’m curious as to why you and others frequently mention Acts 16:30-31 but not verses 32 and 33?

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Jack Wellman October 16, 2018 at 1:27 pm

Perhaps it is because those verses are often used to say that we need to repent and be baptized in order to be saved, even though that’s not what is says. It is correct to say if you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ you will be saved and that’s the point of this article. It is not Jesus + baptism = salvation.

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