Is Water Baptism Required for Salvation?
Baptism isn't an act that gets us into heaven-it is faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord that offers that assurance. Baptism (by full immersion as taught in the Bible) is an act of obedience that should be an immediate part of our acceptance of the gift of grace offered by Jesus Christ. But it does not mean that one who truly gives their heart to Jesus Christ on a death bed, in the heat of warfare, or in a crashing air plane, will be kept out of heaven because they failed to be baptized. The thief on the cross next to Jesus didn't have time to be baptized before he died, but he had an opportunity to believe in Jesus and put his trust in Him. Jesus responded by saying, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise"Luke 23:43.
True faith in Jesus Christ and His work on the Cross for our sins is sufficient for Salvation.
Christ has already done everything. By definition, His grace doesn't require any additional "works" by us. That being said, Jesus Christ commands us to be baptized.
"And Jesus came and spoke to them saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo,
I am with you always, to the end of the age." Amen. Matthew 28:18-20.
Therefore, all believers should be baptized.
In short, Jesus Christ commands baptism for His followers. Although the act of baptism does not cause eternal salvation, it seems that any believer who refuses baptism should examine his or her conversion.
Immediately following Christ's command, the Book of Acts describes the practice of administrating baptism to almost every group or individual's who believed in the preaching of the Gospel by the apostles.
Now when they heard Peter the apostle, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call." And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation." Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. Acts 2:37-41.
Also in (Acts 8:5-13, 8:35-39, 9:10-18, 10:34-38, 16:13-15, 16:30:33, 18:8, 19:1-6)...
Water Baptism- What does it symbolize?
According to the bible, the symbolism of baptism declares that three things happens to believers who are baptized:
1) they die and are buried with Christ to their old self;
2) they rise with Christ to become a new creature;
3) they are incorporated in their new life with a living community which looks for the coming of the Lord.
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Have you accepted the most Precious Gift
anyone could ever give you?
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16.
Faith in Jesus Christ makes the difference between death and life. God does not call the self qualified, He qualifies the called sinners.
If you will admit your need for Jesus Christ and ask Him to give you Eternal Life, you can be sure of Heaven today by praying a simple prayer like this:
Right now, in the best way I know how, I ask You to come into my heart to be my Lord and Savior. Thank You Lord Jesus Christ for dying on the cross for me. Fill me NOW with the power of the Holy Spirit and help me to live for You. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.” Thank You for saving me.
If you prayed this prayer to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, would you e-mail me and tell me? I care about you.
This prayer of faith starts you on the greatest journey one can ever make.
Now that you are born again (saved), you have become a child of God and God has become your heavenly Father. Seek Him every day through prayer and bible studies and join other bible believing Christians which are now your new heavenly family.