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How did we get here? A topic so fundamental to the Jewish culture and first century life before Jesus (aka John the Baptist). Seemingly so clear to the Jews of that day that converted to Christianity, like the twelve that had been baptized “into John’s” but hearing the truth on baptism, immediately were baptized “into Christ” (Acts 19:3-7).

How did we get here, indeed?

For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:13

sound doctrine: baptism

What is baptism?

The word for baptism that is consistently used in the New Testament means to submerge or overwhelm in water.1 Not only is the Greek word consistently used, but the examples of baptism show immersion and not sprinkling.2 Furthermore, we see metaphors used3 that perfectly align with submersion.

What’s the point of it?

The purpose for baptism is profound and so much more than simply a symbolic act1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,11. John the Baptist prepared the way with “a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins”9. Peter says the same thing on the day of Pentecost – baptism (and repentance) was the remedy for removing/forgiving sins1 – saving us3.

Paul makes the same direct connections to forgiveness of sins2,5 and salvation4,12. He further makes a connection to being “buried with Christ”2; and to the Galatians he connects baptism to what put them “into Christ” – effectively putting on Christ7,11 and a condition of church membership8.

Do you want to put on Christ7? (And would we really consider someone saved without putting on Christ?) Or, put the way Paul states it in Romans2 and Colossians6, do you want to be “buried” and “raised” with Christ? Baptism is the only thing that does these things, allowing us to “walk in newness of life”2 and inherit the kingdom of God12.

When put in these terms, wouldn’t you agree the purpose of baptism is essential for salvation? BTW, these connections explain perfectly the immediacy of being baptized after hearing the word preached4,5. We even see immediacy when there’s every reason in the world to wait10. Just as Paul said, “And now why do you wait?”5.

Is baptism required for salvation?

Salvation is a process beginning with God’s grace1 to all. However, it is only received by those that believe/accept Jesus Christ1,2 and live Godly lives1,2. Scripture is very consistent on the critical role of baptism4,6,7,8,9,10,12. Its requirement for salvation is stated emphatically3,6,13 and demonstrated over and over by new converts4,5,9. Specifically, it is the very first “work” of obedience4,6,9,12, the moment we are cleansed and forgiven of sin and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit6,7,8 – exactly how Jesus appears to be defining being “born again” to Nicodemus11.

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    Is baptism for the forgiveness of sins?

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    What was God’s plan for a savior?

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    Will we be judged according to works?

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    For whom did Christ die?

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    Is God’s grace irresistible?

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    What does the Bible say about God’s seal?

    The seal of God or 'God's seal' is a term that comes up enough in Scripture to take note. In fact, based on much of the published material about God's seal, there is too often only one instance that seems to be taken as the primary or default passage. Unfortunately, [more]

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    What was Jesus’ mission on earth?

    Jesus' mission is something that can be confused with His actions. What Jesus came to this world to do (Jesus' mission) and what he did (Jesus' activities) are not necessarily the same thing. For example, one of the things He did was feed the hungry. But was that Jesus' [more]

  • Lose Salvation

    Can we lose our salvation?

    It is such an important question. Can we lose our salvation? Or said another way: Can God's grace be rejected? Can someone actually squander, neglect, or even return as it were their free gift from God? There is a prevailing thought about this question among the Christian community. For [more]

  • Salvation

    What saves you?

    If the message of God's word is mankind's redemption and salvation, shouldn't it include information about what saves you? This is a really BIG question with an eternally-weighted answer. Unfortunately, we can find lot's of different answers out there among different church leaders and religious "experts". When it [more]

  • Age of accountability

    Is there a specific age of accountability?

    Does the Bible have anything to say about an individual's age of accountability to God? Does a person reach a point in their lifetime when they are responsible for their sin and require reconciliation to God? Some might say, "No." In fact, this answer was given to a similar question [more]

  • Purpose of baptism

    What is the purpose of baptism?

    We've looked in another question about what baptism is, but what is the purpose of baptism? There are many in the religious world today that would say, "it's an outward showing of an inward commitment." In fact, an almost identical statement is made by Crosswalk.com where they say, [more]

  • Baptism

    What is baptism?

    Baptism has something to do with water right? Some believe it's just getting wet ("sprinkling") while other Christians insist one isn't baptized unless the individual is completely submersed in water. In fact, Dictionary.com defines it as, "a ceremonial immersion in water, or application of water, as an initiatory [more]

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    How is the sinner’s prayer used in scripture?

    The sinner's prayer is something frequently referred to by preachers today. In fact, at the close of every sermon from Joel Osteen he asks those that are not saved or have fallen away to pray with him. The prayer is asking Jesus to "come into their lives." He [more]

  • Baptism for Salvation

    Is baptism required for salvation?

    The act of baptism is well recorded in Scripture. Not only was it a tradition among the Hebrew people for centuries, but it is what at least one Bible character was know by (John the Baptist) and it was something that Jesus the Messiah did himself. (Matthew 3:13-17 [more]

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    What does it mean to ‘call on the name of the Lord?’

    Invitations to 'call on the name of the Lord' are often extended by preachers and especially, it seems, by tele-evangelists. This may be at the end of their sermon when they invite the audience to recite a prayer, often referred to as the "Sinner's Prayer". Sadly, and all too often, [more]