Water Baptism - Is It Essential To Salvation?

IS BAPTISM ESSENTIAL TO SALVATION?

The question comes up sometimes as to whether Water Baptism is essential to salvation. We will give a few places to show what the bible teaches on this subject. First, I would like to show you the steps needed to be eligible for baptism. Notice what they asked Peter.

 Acts 2:37

37.  Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

(They wanted to know what they needed to do to be saved.)

 38.  Then Peter said unto them, Repent,

(The first thing they needed to do was to repent – That’s quitting, laying aside the works of the flesh – After they quit sinning, then what? You ask God to forgive you, which he will do, but asking forgiveness doesn’t cleanse you from your sins. The sins are still on your record until you take the next step)

and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,

(That’s what baptism does for you; it gets you remission of your sins. Remission is cleansing. Even though you’ve repented, the sins are still on your record until after you’ve been cleansed. It takes water Baptism to wash away your sins, as we will show right shortly.)

and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

( Notice, the Holy Ghost comes after Baptism.)

 39.  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. (This is for you, too.)

 40.  And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

(How were they going to save themselves?)

 41.  Then they that gladly received his word were baptized:

(That’s how they were to save themselves) and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

(Baptism also added them to the church.)

  1. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

 (Let’s go to a baptism being performed by John the Baptist.)

 Matthew 3

 1.  In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

 2.  And saying, Repent ye: (Be sorry enough to quit doing wrong) for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

 3.  For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

 4.  And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

 5.  Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,

And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

(Why were they confessing their sins? They had to ask forgiveness, as well as quit doing them.)

    

Matthew 3:

11.  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: (John could help them obtain forgiveness, but he could not cleanse them) but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

(The fire of the Holy Ghost will burn the chaff off. That’s how God cleans you up.)

 12.  Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge (Cleanse) his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

 13.  Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

(Jesus is setting an example here for us to follow. You pick up the footprints of Jesus at the waters edge, not at the altar, as some preachers would have you believe. Jesus never had to repent for anything)

 14.  But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

 15.  And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness.  

(Jesus plainly said he had to be baptized to fulfil all righteousness) Then he suffered him. (He baptized him)

 16.  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:

(Are we any better than God’s son? The heavens were opened unto Jesus after he was baptized. That’s when they are opened unto us as well. After we’re baptized. I know you can see this.)

17. And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

(If you want to please God, you’ll have to go by the same route Jesus went, which included water baptism.

Now, let’s see what baptism does for us. Remember when Saul was struck down in the way? Let’s let him tell you what happened on that day.)

 Acts 9:17-18

17.  And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

18. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

(When Saul received his sight, he was baptized. Showing you that if you can see spiritually, you’ll be baptized, as well. Now listen, as Saul rehearses to them what happened after he was struck down. Ananias began to talk to Saul in the next place.)

 Acts 22:

12.  And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there,

 13.  Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him.

 14.  And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.

 15.  For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.

16. And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

(Notice, baptism washes away your sins. That’s when the slate is wiped clean. After baptism, your sins are completely washed away. They’re not on your record anymore

St. John 16:3

3. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

(Jesus said you are clean through the word he had spoken unto them. I’ll give it to you again in the next place. Peter preached what Jesus gave them to preach. Here’s part of what he gave them.)

 Acts 2:

37.  Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

 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.

 39.  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

 40.  And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

 41.  Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

42. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

(You can see that Jesus expected them to repent and be baptized if they expected to go to God’s heaven. A lot of people want to use Peter’s words as the Baptism ceremony because he said to be Baptized in the name of the Lord, but the preacher has to use the ceremony Jesus gave us to use, which I’ll give you in just a moment, but Peter wasn’t the lawgiver as I’ll show you here.)

 

James 4:

12. There is one lawgiver,who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?

 (Was the lawgiver Peter or Jesus? You know it was Jesus)

Col 3:

  1. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

  2. (Notice he said in the next place, “do all in the name of the lord.” The convert’s job is to go down in the water in the name of the lord, but that’s not the baptism ceremony. You’ll find that in Matthew 28:19-20 in Jesus’ own words. Here’s what Jesus told the preacher to do.)

 Matthew 28:19-20

19.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

 20.  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 (Jesus told the Preacher to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. That’s the baptism ceremony. It’s also the Wedding Ceremony that joins you to Christ.)

 Genesis 49:

10. The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

(That lawgiver was Jesus. I’ll give you his words again. Remember what we read a while ago. Ye are clean through the word I have spoken unto you. Here it is again.)

Matthew 28:19-20

19.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

(Here is what Jesus preached about Water Baptism. Did he believe it was essential to salvation? It didn’t matter at all if the unbeliever was baptized or not because he was already lost unless he became a believer, but the believers had to be baptized. You can see that)

 Mark 16:

15.  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

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

 17.  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

16. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

 

St. John 15:

14. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

(If you want to be a friend to Jesus, you’ll have to do his commandments. One thing was to be baptized, wasn’t it?)

 Romans 6:

1.  What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

(Is it alright to keep on sinning? That’s what he was asking here.)

 2.  God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

(What is being dead to sin? It simply means they’ve quit doing it. That’s what repentance is. Quitting.)

 3.  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

( See, baptism puts you into the church, which is Jesus Christ's body)

4.  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:

(Being buried with him by baptism into death. What does that mean? When you bury a man naturally, his eyes are closed, his hands are folded, and he is not breathing, and you have to cover him completely.

When you’re buried with him in baptism, that’s a spiritual burial. It’s typical of the burial of the Son of God. Your eyes are closed, your hands are folded, and you are not breathing, then you are lowered into that watery grave.

That’s where that old man of sin dies. You leave him in that watery grave. When you come up out of the water, a change takes place.)  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.

Jesus was buried with a natural body, and raised a spiritual body. When we are baptized, we have been forgiven, but our sins are still on our record, so we still are sinners at that time. We leave those sins there during baptism, the old man of sin dies out. Then we come out of the water a new creature. We become a child of God.

We are baptized into his body, the church. Since our sins are washed away, we are no longer a sinner unless we go back out and start sinning again. That’s what makes a new creature out of you.)

 5.  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

 6.  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed,

(See, that body of sin is destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. You can see that you should no longer serve sin)

 7.  For he that is deadis freed from sin.

(What kind of dead? Dead to sin, of course.)

 8.  Now if we be dead (To sin) with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

 1 Cor 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.

 (See, Baptism puts you into his body, which is the church)

1 Cor 1:

10. Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

( If you get in Christ, there won’t be any divisions among us, will there?)

 

Ephesians 1:

22.  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

 23.  Which is his body,

the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

 (The church is Jesus’ body)

Ephesians 2:

1.  And you hath he quickened, (To be quickened is to be made alive)  who were dead in trespasses and sins;

( If you’re in trespasses and sins, you’re dead to God. That’s what he said, but you don’t have to stay in that shape. He gave us a remedy, which I’ll show you in a minute)

 2.  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

(That’s when you were a sinner)

 3.  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

 4.  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

 5.  Even when we were dead in sins, (When you were a sinner) hath quickened us together with Christ, (Made us alive.) by grace ye are saved;

6. And hath raised us up together,

(Made us alive by taking the sin out of our life. Now, we can walk in a higher state of life, if we quit sinning.)

and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:   

(That Heavenly place is in the body of Christ- the Church)

 

Col 2:

10.  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

 11.  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

 12.  Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

 13.  And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

  1. Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

  2. (He blots out your sins by washing them away through Water Baptism)

 Galations 3:

27.  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

  (Through Water Baptism)

28.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

(It doesn’t matter who you are, he will accept you if your meet the conditions)

29. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

 

2 Cor 5:

17. Therefore if any man be in Christ, (You’re baptized into his body, the church.) he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

(When you get rid of the sin, you’re a new creature. Your hands quit reaching for things you shouldn’t have, your feet don’t go where they shouldn’t go anymore. Instead of things that are wrong, our mind stays on Christ instead of sin. That’s how you become a new creature)

Thank you and may God bless you.

 

 

 

 



 	        
          

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