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Baptism and Salvation

Updated: Feb 4, 2023

Note on Baptism and Salvation: (taken from Matthew 28:18-20).

When considering whether Baptism is necessary for Salvation, it’s essential to understand that Salvation is a gift from God. Baptism helps us acknowledge and adhere to this gift by publicly declaring our Faith in Jesus Christ and demonstrating our commitment to Him.

It doesn’t determine our Salvation – that comes solely through God’s grace. However, Baptism signifies an outward acceptance of God's love. It demonstrates our willingness to be obedient to His Word, an essential element of the Christian life. Ultimately, Christians who truly accept Jesus Christ as Lord will undoubtedly choose to be Baptized to make that belief known to others.

At the same time, we must also recognize there are Christians who have not been baptized and yet still demonstrate a deep faith in God throughout their lives. We must therefore understand the necessity of Baptism is not found solely in its literal action; it is instead an internal understanding that our commitment to God’s love results in a desire to obey His word and follow Him. Whether we are Baptized or not, Salvation comes only when we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Scripture to support the conclusion:

Romans 10:8-10 (NIV), “But what does it say? ‘The Word is near you; it is in your mouth and your heart,’ that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified; with your mouth, you profess your Faith and are Saved.”

1 Peter 3:21 (NIV), “And this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also – not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.”

Acts 2:38 (NIV), “Peter replied, ‘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.’"

These scriptures remind us that although Baptism is an outward declaration of our Faith in Jesus Christ, it does not guarantee Salvation. Only through His Grace and Merely accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior can we be assured of Salvation. Ultimately, understanding Baptism's importance in our spiritual lives is one of the keys to genuinely finding God’s Peace and Promise. Therefore, let us pray and strive to live out the truth found in His Word. Amen.

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