Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Who Said Baptism Wasn't Important
All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
Who Said Baptism Wasn't Important Jesus said in Mark 16:16, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."
Apostle Peter preached to his Jewish listeners on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2:38-39, "...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. 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."
Apostles Peter and John, when called before the Jewish Sanhedrin for preaching Jesus Christ said in Acts 4:10-12, "Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
Apostle Paul said in Romans 6:3-4, "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: 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."
And finally Apostle Peter said in 1st Peter 3:20-21, "Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. 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..."
The week I turned to the Lord Jesus, my late mother asked me if I wanted to be baptized in Jesus name? I remember my response, "If it's in the Bible I want it!" It seemed pretty clear in the Bible. Baptism won't save you if you only get wet. But if you will give an answer, "...of a good conscience toward God, (as the Ethiopian Eunuch did in Acts 8:36-38) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ..." you too will be saved by baptism. If you have never repented of your sins and been baptized in Jesus name to receive God's forgiveness, why not do so today. God has promised to give you the Holy Ghost. If it's in the Bible don't you want it?