Jesus says to Nicodemus 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.” You decide for yourself. 2:5; 3:6). Does he go to heaven or hell? 15:1-4). If He goes to hell, then trusting in Jesus, by faith, isn’t enough for salvation. Baptism symbolizes a death, burial and resurrection, which is why the early church baptized by immersion. But that is unlikely since Christian baptism hadn’t yet been instituted. But at the same time, we must understand that circumcision did not guarantee salvation to all who received it. The thief. This is why we receive our salvation by faith. In the middle of the road, he gets hit by a car and is killed. Additionally, in Acts, Peter was preaching the gospel, people got saved, and then they were baptized. ", Men do not decide when or how God does what He does. being given immortality at Christ’s return 1 Corinthians 15:42-50), he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Of course, he is. It was the Ark that saved. The meaning of baptism. 5:1, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”, Gal. Also, this concept fits with Peter’s statement in Acts 10:43 where the same phrase “sins may be forgiven” is used. Answer: The belief that baptism is necessary for salvation is also known as " baptismal regeneration." A covenant is a pact or agreement between two or more parties, and that is exactly what the Abrahamic covenant was. The idea of an un-baptized believer was anathema to the New Testament writers. The penitent woman (Luke 7:37-50), the paralytic man (Matthew 9:2), the publican (Luke 18:13-14), and the thief on the cross (Luke 23:39-43) all experienced forgiveness of sins apart from baptism. I’ll address those now. Rom. Salvation comes, as we’ve already read, by undergoing true baptism, being taught the true gospel, believe the true gospel, undergo the true baptism into the body of Christ, the Church Of Christ. It is difficult to answer the question of which Protestant denomination is the right one without first laying out a... by Luke Wayne | Feb 20, 2020 | Mormonism, World Religions. 40. Roman Catholics, the Churches of Christ, Lutherans, Anglicans, and proponents of the Federal Vision, all say that the water-rite of baptism is necessary and effectual for salvation. That is the nature of God’s covenants with men, and further evidenced by how one enters into the body of Christ. No, baptism doesn't save, doesn't help save, and I'll go even further to say that it doesn't have anything in this world to do with the saving of a soul" - Good News, 3/2/72 (a Baptist paper) However, some have concluded from this fact that there is nothing that man can or must do for his salvation. Some Protestants like to use 1 Corinthians 1:17 to claim that this teaching contradicts the Bible. In other words, the phrase “each of you get baptized in the name of Jesus Christ” is parenthetical since it is in the singular, and “repent” is in the plural as is “your” of “your sins.”  Therefore, “repent” must go with the purpose of forgiveness of sins. What hinders you from being baptized? Then in verse 6, He says that “flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” The context seems to be discussing the contrast between the natural and the spiritual birth. If baptism were necessary for salvation, then these verses would state that we are justified by faith and baptism; but they don’t. 2:25) and is given to believers only. For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel . There it is granted on the basis of faith alone. If that is so, then baptism isn’t necessary for salvation because the baptism of repentance is no longer practiced. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. That is why baptism is essential to salvation. Objection Which of all the Protestants denominations is the correct church? When we take communion, we are partaking of the sacrament. Justification is God’s declaration upon a sinner that the person is declared righteous in God’s sight. 6:4, “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.” Because the believer is so closely united to Christ, it is said that the symbol of baptism is our death, burial, and resurrection. Some have asked if baptism in this passage is baptism in the Holy Spirit rather than in water. Then why baptism? We should be careful not to fall prey to the old argument, "Well, no one of them proves it, but if you look at them all together, if you take them in combination, they give such strong evidence of the fact that you really cannot deny it." by Allen Dvorak. This verse is a tough one. Water, therefore, could easily be interpreted there to mean the natural birth process. 6:4; Col. 2:11-12). Noah entered the ark by faith. Paul valued baptism, dearly, but preaching the gospel was his core concern because he knew that receiving the gospel by faith was the necessary ingredient for salvation. People not baptized are saved. Therefore, the ones in Acts 10:44-46 who are speaking in tongues and praising God are definitely saved; and they are saved before they are baptized. It is based upon the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, and the condition is faith in Jesus Christ. Obviously, it is the blood of Jesus, and the washing here refers to the calling on Jesus’ name. 9:14; Rom. Baptism is necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament [Mark 16:16]” (CCC 1257). 21And corresponding to that, baptism now saves you” (NASB). 10:16; 30:6; Jer. It means “copy,” “type,” corresponding to,” “a thing resembling another,” “its counterpart,” etc. Submission to water baptism is a requirement for obedience after salvation (Matt. He went to Elisha the prophet in 2 Kings 5:9 to ask him what he could do to be cured of his leprosy. What does baptism correspond to? Noah built and entered the ark by faith and was saved (Heb. ” (1 Cor. That is His prerogative as Lord, God, and Creator of the universe. This concludes the commentary on texts purported to support the doctrine that baptism in water is necessary for salvation. 3:27), the cleansing of that person’s sins (Acts 22:16), the identification with the one “baptized into” as when the Israelites were baptized into Moses (1 Cor. A better translation is found in the NASB which says, “and corresponding to that, baptism now saves you.” The keyword in this section is the Greek antitupon. Then understand that baptism is the means that God has given us to appeal to Him for forgiveness through Jesus. 12:41; and Mark 1:4. Also, unbelievers don’t praise God. In this context, only the regenerated, repentant person is to be baptized. They can’t because praise to the true God is a deeply spiritual matter that is foreign to the unsaved (1 Cor. If he goes to heaven, then baptism isn’t necessary for salvation. Perhaps the most convincing refutation of the view that baptism is necessary for salvation are those who were saved apart from baptism. 10:2 ), and being united in one church (1 Cor. But still, what about those verses that seem to say that baptism is part of salvation? 1:14-17). Nevertheless, disagreeing with them does not make it so and particularly when we have verses like the following: The problem with baptismal regeneration (the belief that baptism is part of salvation and necessary for it) is that it contradicts other scriptures that state we are justified by faith. Lk 23:43 Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” (NIV) Since the thief was saved without even going through water baptism, baptism could not have been a prerequisite for salvation. Besides the normal ritual baptism of water and invocation of the Holy Trinity, the Church has also accepted two other forms of baptism a baptism of blood and a baptism of desire. Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.” Is the washing away of sins done by baptism, the representation of the circumcised heart (Col. 2:11-12) which means you are already saved; or is it by the blood of Christ (Heb. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. The baptism of John the Baptist was an Old Testament economy baptism and it only signified the participant's willingness to confess his sin and therefore, John the Baptist's baptism was for repentance (Acts 19:4). The moment when you receive God’s saving grace is the moment you emerge from the watery tomb of baptism. 11:7). 46For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God…”. 4:4; 9:25, 26; Ezk. 2:14). Thank you for your interest in supporting CARM. So, any interpretation which comes to the conclusion that baptism, or any other act, is necessary for salvation, is a faulty interpretation. Baptism is necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament [Mark 16:16]” (CCC 1257). In other words, “Baptism is the time and place that God forgives and saves.” [1] Thus, when it comes to salvation, baptism is not the what but the when. It symbolized the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ and it shows the death of the old sinner in the one being baptized. Baptism is a representation, a copy, a type of something else. Let’s further suppose that this person confesses his sinfulness, cries out in repentance to the Lord, and receives Jesus as Savior and then walks across the street to get baptized at a local church. The Catechism, however, adds a caution: "God has bound salvation to the Sacrament of Baptism, but He Himself is not bound by His sacraments" (No.1257). Most arguments claiming that baptism is necessary is found from Acts 2:38, “And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Additionally, in Acts, Peter was preaching the gospel, people got saved, and then they were baptized. Was it the water or the ark? “No one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit” (Jn 3:5). (Exo. For us humans, works are an output rather than an input. These people were saved. “They represent the same spiritual blessings that were symbolized by circumcision and Passover in the old dispensation.”2Berkhoff, Lewis, Berkhoff’s Systematic Theology, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988, p. 620. The repentance, the change of mind that includes faith, gets you to the train. That is why it says, repent and get baptized. Mormonism teaches that every one of us existed as spirit bodies in heaven before we were born here on earth. “Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. There was a man named Naaman who had leprosy. She knew the importance of the covenant between God and her children. 6:4, ". Gal. That is why the rest of the verse says, “not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God” which is consistent with what Paul said in Col. 2:11-12 where He equates baptism with being circumcised of heart. Jesus’ teaching on baptism Obviously, we did not die–unless, of course, it is a figurative usage. Jesus says to Nicodemus in John 3:5, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the … Faith precedes baptism and is operative in baptism. 10:2 the Israelites were baptized into Moses. It is an outward representation of an inward reality. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.‘”. Also, baptism is one of the signs and seals of the Covenant of Grace that was instituted by Jesus. To say what God did is not enough, not complete, is against everything taught in Scripture. by Matt Slick | Dec 8, 2008 | Oneness Pentecostal, World Religions. One of the Mormon religion's central doctrines is their teaching that the New Testament church fell into absolute,... by Matt Slick | Feb 23, 2020 | Roman Catholicism, World Religions. Also, consider this from The Bible Knowledge Commentary: “The preposition used here is eis which, with the accusative case, may mean “on account of, on the basis of.” It is used in this way in Matt. It is the initiatory sign and seal into the covenant of grace. We strongly believe that each and every Christian should be water baptized by immersion. That is why baptism is essential to salvation. Baptism is an identification of an old life dying with Christ and a new life being resurrected as a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Baptism is the manifestation of the repentance, that gift from God, that is the sign of the circumcised heart. Another way of making this clear is to use an illustration. It seems to say that baptism is part of salvation. A person who had received a saving faith would want to be obedient, thus would be baptized, not for salvation but because of it. Baptism is NOT a requisite for salvation, there are many bible verses used to make this assertion as proof text, which are principally as follows.. Mark 16:16 - “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” John 3:3-7 - “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto… 28:18-20), but it is not a prerequisite to spiritual regeneration. The circumcision of the heart is signified by the circumcision of the flesh, that is, baptism (Col. 2:11-12). It has been shown that there is no text in the Scripture which proves the necessity of baptism for salvation. Alright, so this sounds reasonable. For example, it represents the reality of the inward washing of Christ’s blood upon the soul. Then Jesus says that he must be born of water and the Spirit. The word “baptizo” means to immerse. If you have any issues, please call the office at 385-246-1048 or email us at info@carm.org. This act is extremely important as it is a demonstration of belief in the gospel and the scriptures tell us that it is necessary to salvation. Mark 16. Everyone needs salvation . The Covenant of Grace is the covenant between God and Man where God promises to Man eternal life. 2:8, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”. Christ also says, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved." Paul writes, “For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.”. It is also said to be a visible sign of an inward grace. Baptism here, in my opinion, refers to the Ark–not the waters. (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) God later instructed Abraham to circumcise not only every adult male but also 8-day old male infants as a sign of the covenant (Gen. 17:9-13). Many people believe that water baptism is not essential to a person’s salvation. See Gal. Many people believe in Jesus, but do not obey Him. Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation Debate. In the Greek, “repent” is in the plural and so is “your” of “your sins.” They are meant to be understood as being related to each other. But, I must say with Paul: ‘Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel’ (1 Corinthians 1:17).” “You may know that we urge immediate and extensive Bible study for each convert. 3:11-14; and Phil. Matthew 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit" In this verse we see that the apostles were told to go and baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is our contention that baptism is an important step of obedience for a Christian, but we adamantly reject baptism as being required for salvation. No, baptism doesn't save, doesn't help save, and I'll go even further to say that it doesn't have anything in this world to do with the saving of a soul" - … In other words, “Baptism is the time and place that God forgives and saves.” [1] Thus, when it comes to salvation, baptism is not the what but the when. It is also essential to membership in the church which is his body." Baptism is not necessary for salvation. Titus 3:5, “he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. Do not be one of those people. If this verse did mean baptism, then the only kind that it could have been at that point was the baptism of repentance administered by John the Baptist (Mark 1:4). 3:9. I don't beat about the bush about it at all. It is not the symbol that saves but the reality. This is significant because tongues is a gift given to believers (see 1 Cor. If a person claimed to believe in Christ, but was ashamed to proclaim that faith in public, it would be an indication that the person's faith was not genuine. As the Communion Supper replaced Passover, baptism, in like manner, replaces circumcision. So is baptism necessary for salvation? AddThis. Here’s my bottom-line answer to the question: faith precedes baptism. And baptism is important for all kinds of reasons, but it’s not causative in the same way that repentance is. Baptism symbolizes a death, burial and resurrection, which is why the early church baptized by immersion. Paul likens it to Christ's burial in Rom. What is going on here is simply that repentance and forgiveness of sins are connected. Baptism is necessary for salvation. If you understand that baptism is a covenant sign, then you can see that it is a representation of the reality of Christ circumcising our hearts (Rom. But, the NIV translation of the verse is unfortunate. It is my opinion that the water spoken of here means the water of the womb referring to the natural birth process. If baptism is a necessary component for salvation then we are saying that Christ's work on the cross is not enough. Jesus said in verse three that Nicodemus needed to be born “again.” This meant that he had been born once–through his mother. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.” The washing of rebirth can only be that washing of the blood of Christ that cleanses us. 45And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. Anything less is not true biblical baptism and amounts to … However, one hears about the thief on the Cross, as if this event prior to the command of baptism in Matthew … I don't beat about the bush about it at all. 12:13). Some say that water here means baptism. The reality is the blood of Christ. It is important to get some clarity here. As circumcision referred to the cutting away of sin and to a change of heart (Deut. The power to save rests entirely with God. 4:24-25). Acts 22:16, “And now what are you waiting for? If baptism is necessary for salvation, then why did Paul downplay it and even exclude it from the description of what is required for salvation? See also Rom. Does John 9:2 imply that we pre-existed in heaven before birth? The gift of the Holy Spirit was on the Gentiles, and they were speaking in tongues. Baptism! Trust in Him and obey Him in baptism so that you can have salvation in Him. 1 Cor. The meaning of baptism. Paul said, “For you are all sons of God by faith in Christ Jesus, for as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ…”Galatians 3:26-27. The gospel is defined as the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus for our sins. The word “baptizo” means to immerse. Baptism of the penitent believer is for the remission of sins. Nicodemus responds with a statement about how he can’t enter again into his mother’s womb to be born. The power is in Jesus' blood, but that power is applied to the individual when he meets the conditions. Consider these verses: Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit (e.g. 20-21), via Handbook of Religious Quotations, p. 10. It is because baptism isn’t necessary for salvation. It is said to represent the death of the person (Rom. But, I must say with Paul: ‘Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel’ (1 Corinthians 1:17).” “You may know that we urge immediate and extensive Bible study for each convert. It is in this sense a sacrament. I would like to add that there are scholars who agree with the position, and some who do not. Baptism is an important step of obedience that every Christian should take. -- Standard Manual for Baptist Churches, Hiscox (pp. Baptism is not necessary for salvation. Christ commanded his disciples to preach the Gospel, draw people to faith in him, and baptize those who come to conversion. The question is, “Of what is it a type?” or “Baptism corresponds to what?” The answer is found in the previous verse, verse 20: “who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water. It is like saying, “All of you repent, each of you get baptized, and all of you will receive forgiveness.” Repentance is a mark of salvation because it is granted by God (2 Tim. Some believe that the water refers to the Word of God, the Bible; and others claim it means the Holy Spirit. A number of groups teach that baptism is necessary for salvation. But, because this subject can become quite lengthy, in fact, sufficient for a book in itself, I’ll only address a few verses and then only briefly. . The Lord himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for salvation. 4:3, “For what saith the scripture? It is our outward proclamation of the inward spiritual blessing of regeneration. To one who has received Christ, baptism is a necessary and meaningful experience. Ministry of John the Baptist Fourth, Peter's statement in Acts 2:38 can be interpreted in the light of the ministry of John the Baptist. 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.”, Rom. Doesn’t that go against the Scriptures that say that salvation is a free gift (Rom. 3:27, “for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” This is speaking of the believer’s union with Christ. No. 13:3) and the work of God (John 6:28). 6:23) received by faith (Eph. Is it the flood, or is it the ark? Because God said that that is the point at which He will grant us our forgiveness and make us free from sin in Christ Jesus. That is why it is used in different ways. One last thought: If someone maintains that baptism is necessary for salvation, is he adding a work, his own, to the finished work of Christ? Let’s suppose that a person, under the conviction of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8), believed in Jesus as his savior (Rom. It is an identification with, a joining to, a proclamation of loyalty to, etc. "Baptism is not essential to salvation … but it is essential to obedience, since Christ commanded it. That is wrong! If the answer is no, then why is baptism maintained as being necessary the same way as the Jews maintained that works were necessary? Conversely, they would say, if you are not baptised you are condemned to a place called Hell, for eternity. 2:16; Gal. Baptism is not necessary for salvation. Acts 10:44-46 says, “While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the Word. Peter, when referring to the floodwaters, refers to them as the means of destruction of the ungodly (2 Pet. It is virtually undisputed truth that man is saved by divine grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8). Salvation comes, as we’ve already read, by undergoing true baptism, being taught the true gospel, believe the true gospel, undergo the true baptism into the body of Christ, the Church Of Christ. 10:9-10; Titus 2:13) and has received Christ (John 1:12) as Savior. . The Catholic Church teaches that baptism is “necessary for salvation” (CCC 1257). 14:1-5). The Christian belief that baptism is necessary for salvation is so unshakable that even the Protestant Martin Luther affirmed the necessity of baptism. Baptism is a public declaration of faith in Christ. It is not. 1:7)? 3:21, “and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also–not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. 3:8, “And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.”, Eph. John 3:5, “Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.’”. Circumcision was the initiatory rite into the Abrahamic covenant; it did not save. Saying that baptism is necessary for salvation is dangerous because it is saying that there is something we must do to complete salvation. The Roman Church would take it a stage further and say it was essential for acceptance into a heavenly afterlife. This is why we are justified by faith; this is why baptism is not necessary for salvation because, otherwise, it is not justification by faith. Baptism is not mentioned here. 2:21; 5:4. I come out with a plain, definite, NO! 5:9; Eph. This is why Moses’ wife circumcised her son and threw the foreskin at Moses’ feet. Is baptism necessary for salvation? What final act obedience stood between the Corinthians and salvation? Christ’s work is sufficient in itself; it is complete and finished, and there is nothing we could add to it. The Lutheran Confessions teach that baptism is necessary for salvation. God said to Abraham, “I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you” (Gen. 17:7, NIV). The Oneness theologians are in error. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”. The necessity of baptism is an issue that has been debated for centuries. This is the only verse that says that baptism saves. That means they were closely identified with him and his purpose. 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 22:16, “And now why tarriest thou? Elisha told Naaman, ", Understand-there is no power in the water and there is no power in the person who dips us into the water to save a person's soul. The problem with baptismal regeneration (the belief that baptism is part of salvation and necessary for it) is that it contradicts other scriptures that state we are justified by faith. Acts 2:38, “Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. "Is baptism necessary for salvation? The Bible says baptism is necessary to salvation just as clearly as it does the other conditions. The source or power to forgive is not in the water, or in faith, repentance, or confession. That is why I take an Acts 10:47 view of water baptism. Please consider the following verses: There are other verses, but these are sufficient to show that we are made right in God’s eyes–justified, forgiven–by faith, not by faith and baptism. 4:5; 9:30; John 5:24; Gal. Jesus’ teaching on baptism The floodwaters destroyed the ungodly. Consider the following verses. Many people are adamant that a person should not have to do anything to be saved (see article on Faith Only).At the same time there are people who are adamant that obedience combined with faith is necessary for salvation and that if we do not obey Him He will not save us. 6:11; 1 Pet. Obviously, it was the Ark. In fact, that is not what Paul says that the gospel is; and it is the gospel that saves us. If the answer is yes, then that person would be at a terrible risk of not being saved. 3:21; Titus 3:5) and to spiritual renewal (Rom. Both Matthew and Mark record Jesus' command to His apostles as He gave them the commission to preach the gospel to all the world. 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