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Is baptism just a ceremony, or is it a crucial step in the process of your salvation?

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[Darris McNeely] Occasionally someone will write in and ask us whether or not baptism is required for salvation. Salvation is the essence of being saved, eternal life, the promise, the gift of eternal life that scripture talks about. The short answer to this question is “yes”. Baptism is a part of the process that leads to salvation, as the Bible teaches, and it is important that that baptism be done correctly, in the right way at every step of the way for everyone. But the Bible does show that it is necessary. There’s a scripture in Acts 2:38 Acts 2:38Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
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– it is the first great sermon in the Bible, in the New Testament. The apostle Peter gives it and he comes to a point where people want to know what they should do to be forgiven, and he says, “Repent and be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” In that, he shows that through the baptism and the receiving of the Holy Spirit, that begins the process of salvation.

Jesus Christ Himself was baptized. He was baptized by John the Baptist. Christ never sinned. Christ lived a perfect life. He came as God in the flesh to show us the kingdom and to die for our sins, and to be resurrected, that we might have the hope of eternal life or therefore salvation. But He was baptized. And so, we must follow that example and also follow the example that is set in scripture.

The gift of the Holy Spirit that Peter talks about here in verse 38 of Acts 2 is what begins this process of conversion and growth and development that leads to the point where then salvation is possible.

If there’s one other scripture to look at that helps us to understand this, it is 1 Corinthians 15 and in a passage from verses 51 to 54. This is where the apostle Paul talks about the resurrection. And the resurrection in this case is to eternal life, to a changed life as a spirit being, and that again is what salvation is all about – the end result of salvation. Let’s read what he says. Paul writes, “Behold, I show you a mystery: we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump. For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” And so the dead will rise – they will be changed. “For this corruptible” – which is speaking about this flesh, this physical life that we have – “must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory’.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-54 1 Corinthians 15:51-54 [51] Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, [52] In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. [53] For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. [54] So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
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). The change to spirit that Paul writes about here in 1 Corinthians 15 is the essence of salvation, which – it means we are saved from eternal death, and that is the process that people fail to properly understand today, as good, well-meaning people seek to do what is right, seek to know God and to follow God, want to live forever and they want to escape the penalty of       eternal death, but do not understand the essence of the steps leading up to a proper baptism, and then the process of change and growth that comes about and leads to the process of salvation. It all begins with baptism. And so the answer is yes, baptism is a crucial step in that process of salvation.

That’s BT Daily. Join us next time.

Comments

  • Ivan Veller
    Christ’s sprinkled blood cleanses us: https://www.ucg.org/the-good-news/the-passover-bread-and-wine-the-meaning-of-the-passover-symbols We must die to sin: https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-road-to-eternal-life/water-baptism-and-laying-on-of-hands “By plunging our entire body under water, we are symbolically cleansed throughout”: https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-road-to-eternal-life/forgiveness-of-sin God’s glory (the “pillar of fire…”) “gave light” to the Israelites, who – walking by that light – “entered…the sea on the dry land. The waters were a wall for them on their right and on their left” (Exodus 14:20-24). “[I]mmersion is the only proper form of baptism…Paul describes baptism as a symbolic burial (Romans 6:1-6). No other form of baptism except full immersion in water can depict a true burial…of the old self…baptism should be performed in water deep enough to immerse—to completely submerge—” every part: https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/transforming-your-life-the-process-of-conversion/how-baptisms-meaning-and “Do not let any part of your body…serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God” (Romans 6:13).
  • Skip Miller
    Hello tpicarella, Baptize means to immerse. You can wet yourself down in a shower but that does not demonstrate the "death" we figuratively undergo at baptism. John (the Baptist ) baptized where there was "much water." (John3: 23) And let us be clear: When a person is baptized they need to consciously repent of their sins. Can a little baby do this? (What sin has it done?) Maybe a youngster could more fully understand sin but are they ready for a complete, lifetime commitment? Maybe not. Why does God not just tell us (in our own particular way) exactly what to do? Well, perhaps He does! Maybe you just haven't found the right "guide" yet. (Acts 8: 26--31)
  • tpicarella
    So I get that baptism is needed to get true salvation, but in what regard? We have so many different ways to do baptism. Some religions say you can do it as a baby and some say you have to be of certain age before you can be baptized. Which is correct because I don't see it anywhere in the bible. The other thing that is in question, is either being fully submerged or a sprinkling of holy water on the head. Which way is correct? Why does this have to be so confusing? Why cant this just be clear? If this is something that is required, then why isn't it as clear as the ten commandments?
  • Ivan Veller
    Hi Tpicarella, So we can find in “‘Hebrews 10:22: ‘Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.’ These two washings, the blood and the water, work beautifully together. They are not in opposition. They are not mutually exclusive. They are inclusive and in harmony—perfectly complementing one another. ‘Ezekiel 36:25-27 also helps us to understand that cleansing with water can symbolize washing away sins. God says: ‘Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you…I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out…and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them’”: https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/bible-questions-and-answers/regarding-lesson-8-of-your-bible-study-course-how-can Christ, as our High Priest, cleanses us with His blood: “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
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