Baptism For The Remission Of Sins

In the religious world today there is much controversy over the subject of baptism. Some believe it is necessary to obedience and one may not refuse to submit, but it is not essential to our becoming a child of God. Others believe it is not necessary at all while others believe it is a prerequisite in becoming a Christian.

What Do The Scriptures Say?

Peter was asked by the those assembled on Pentecost, “What should we do?” (Acts 2:37). He replied, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). The expression, “for the remission of sins” is literally “into (to, unto, with a view to) the remission of sins.” Also note that inspiration puts (1) repent and (2) baptism before (3) “remission of sins.”

Argument Over The Word “For”

Some in the religious world argue that the word “for” before “remission of sins” is translated from the Greek word “eis” and means “because of.” In other words, one is to repent and be baptized “because” his sins have already been forgiven.

First, that would be a strange interpretation putting repentance after one becomes a Christian rather than before. Can one be saved without repentance (Luke 13:3,5; Luke 24:47; Acts 17:30-31)? Secondly, it is also interesting that Jesus himself tied baptism with belief (faith) in Mark 16:16. He also put “saved” after both belief and baptism. If one is saved before repentance and baptism, then the same would hold true of belief (faith) in Mark 16:16. Is one saved before he believes that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God?

The Greek Expression “Eis” And A Similar Passage

Does the Greek expression “eis”, rendered “for” in Acts 2:38 mean “because of?” If the expression means one is already saved before he repents and is baptized, it would have that meaning in other passages where it is used. If it does not mean that in other passages, it cannot mean that in Acts 2:38.

When Jesus instituted His supper, he stated in the latter part of Matthew 26:28, “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Who will argue that we are saved before Jesus shed his blood (Hebrews 9:22)? If the expression, “for the remission of sins” means one is saved before what is described prior to the expression in Acts 2:38, then that interpretation must also apply in Matthew 26:28. It would make Jesus saying His blood was shed for many because their sins were already forgiven. Just think, you and I were saved before Jesus shed His blood! If we were, then we were saved by something other than the blood of Jesus!

Conclusion

If the phrase “for the remission of sins” in Matthew 26:28 means Jesus’ blood was shed “in order” that you and I might receive the remission of our sins, then the same expression in Acts 2:38 means you and I repent and are baptized “in order” to receive the remission of sins.

Mike Riley is a member of the Montana Street church of Christ in El Paso, Tx and is the author at Gospel Snippets.

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15 Comments

  • Pastor Nick says:

    In the KJV John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” I point out the words “only begotten” and “should”. The words “only begotten” means that Jesus was the only Son of God to be a physical Son of God. Luke 3:38 states “Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.” Adam was the son of God but not in the same manner as Jesus was the son of God. The word “should” is not an imperative as in the statement “I should not smoke” but doesn’t mean I will not smoke; this leaves salvation open and not an imperative.
    The NIV John 3:16 leaves out “begotten” and states “one and only son” making the verse in Luke 3:38 false stating “Adam, the son of God.” The world “should” is changed to “shall not” which is an imperative meaning if used in the statement “I shall not smoke” an imperative statement. So I guess salvation is not a choice because I had to believe in Jesus before I could makje the choice to be saved by Jesus.

  • glenda says:

    If I were speaking with someone about Christ, I would not say to them be baptized for the remisson of sins. Help me, doesn’t the bible require faith, belief, confession that one believes Christ is the Son of GOD, then baptism – now remission of sins, salvation, forgivness. All of these conditions come before salvation. Not that baptism remits my sins. Christ did that for all accepting and obeying – the baptism doesn’t. All of these conditons are for the remission of sins- baptism is just the final one.

    • scott says:

      I pray for those who teach baptism is needed for salvation. What if someone witnesses to an unbeliever and they come under conviction. The lost person see’s he is lost and his efforts to save himself will not work. Now if the sinner truly repents at that moment and ask Christ to forgive him of his sins he is saved at that moment!! He may leap for joy and tell others around him that Christ is his lord and savior now. Two minutes after this he or she falls over dead. The bible plainly says whosoever calls upon the Lord shall be saved. Did they not just call upon the name of Christ for salvation?? You cannot have it any other way!Please, baptism is an outward sign of a new believer just as circumcision was in the old testament. Yes it is very important and should be done but it cannot nor will not do anything to assure your eternal destiny. Why must the bible be interpreted so many different ways???

      • Steve says:

        Scott

        First let me stress I have no doubt that Baptism is part of how we receive our salvation, there are many scriptures that point to it as such.
        We all must agree that there is a point in time that we recieve the gift of salvation, what most do not agree on is when that point in time take place. I believe with all my heart that it is at baptism. Scripture tells us it is when our sin is removed, we become hiers according to the promise made to Abraham, we are buried with Christ. It also tells us it happens then not because of something we have done but because of what God has done for us.
        If you study circumcision of the old testatment you will see that it was a mark God put on them basically marking these people as His people. it wasnt for others to see unless you believe the men in those days went around dropping their pants or lifting their gowns to prove they had trusted in God. You will also see that there was a penalty for those who were not circumcised, they were cut off (from the covenant of God) because they had not obeyed God’s command. The New Testament relates baptism to circumcission. Do you suppose if one is not baptized that they may be cut off as well?
        Some teach baptism is required others teach it is not, one is wrong the other is right. One will enjoy eternal life with Christ the other will be seen as a false teacher and suffer as a result.
        Scripture tells us there is a way that seems right to man but it is wrong.
        In order to know the truth we must take in all scripture, it must fit or none of it is true.
        Scripture tells us that God saves us,Christ’s blood saves us, His life saves us,the cross saves us, we are told to save ourselves, faith saves us, repentance saves us and yes baptism saves us. These all must fit together or none of them are true.
        Take a minute and think about these things look them up, you will find them and then tell me which one you are willing to stand before God and say it was not required.
        No where will you find in scripture that says baptism is an outward sign, that is adding to scripture and is dangerous.
        Look at Paul’s own conversion in Act’s 2:16 and see how he called on the name of the Lord.
        Your final thought is this, “Yes it is very important and should be done but it cannot nor will not do anything to assure your eternal destiny”
        Please show me scripture to justify your thought and I will reconsider my thoughts on baptism. You will not find any teaching other than the teaching from man to justify this comment.
        One last thought, Paul says the gospel is that Jesus came He died was buried and rose again. Paul also says that when Christ returns He will take vengence on those who do not obey the gospel. How do we obey the gospel 2 Thesalonians 1:8. The bible says when we are baptized we are buried with Christ and we rise to a new life. Baptism is how we obey the gospel.

  • Rev. Mike says:

    Acts 2:38 in Peter’s great sermon on Pentecost says that he told the very large crowd, probably 5,000 or more, when they realized they had crucified Jesus, that they needed to (Acts 2:38) …repent and be bapttized for the forgiveness of their sins, and they also would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit… (which is Paul says, the mark and seal of our salvation).

    Yes, repentence is important, and probably doesn’t come without someone coming to and now having faith, and certainly repentence involves confession. I would always tell someone though, that baptism is for the forgiveness of their sins. It is the act that cleanses the soul. Remember Jesus saying you don’t put new wine, a reference to the Holy Spirit, in old wineskins. The old wineskins would effect the wine put in it. It is only after baptism, and being cleansed, given new wineskins miraculously in baptism so to speak, that he can pour into us the new wine, his Holy Spirit. Peter said in 1st Peter 3:21 that baptism is not just the washing of our bodies, but participating literally and figuratively in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Yes, just being sprinkled or immersed in water by itself with no faith, no repentence, no confession that you are a sinner in need of salvation, would be foolish. But that does not negate the fact that we are baptized for the forgiveness of our sins, and you would assume that someone being baptized has come to believe in Jesus and has faith, has repented, changed the direction of their life, confessed that they are a sinner and their need for forgiveness, and these things have brought them to baptism. God Bless! Rev. Mike+

  • Zechariah Smith says:

    amen brother riley. keep teaching the word. remission means forgiveness. The bible says in I John 5:8, that the water, blood, and the spirit agree as one. Jesus sheddeth his blood and the way we get in contact with the blood is through obedience. Being taught(hearing) produces Faith, which endeavors one to change(repent) and confess that Jesus is the son of God, and being immersed in water for the remission of sins, b/c I Peter 3:21 says that Baptism saves.

  • Jeff says:

    Jesus died “for” our sins. Did He die so that we can sin or “because” we have sinned? Peter was preaching to Israel at Pentecost and he did not have a complete Bible in front of him. God had been forgiving Israel’s sins all through the Old Testament. Check Numbers 14:18, Ex. 34:7 and many others. Peter doesn’t have the full revelation of saved by grace through faith. That verse isn’t aimed at any of you. Peter is addressing the house of Israel vs.36. Baptism “for the remission of sins” never means in order to get your sins forgiven. Your sins are taken care of at Calvary.It is finished!

    • Kenneth Miller says:

      O yes Peter does have the full revelation for God. Remember look at the first few vs of Acts 2. The Holy Spirit gave Peter ‘Utterance’ so that all could understand him…..Are you saying that The Holy Spirit didn’t know what he was talking about?

      Here’s the full meaning of Acts 2:38 and following versus.

      Acts 2:38-41,47

      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 shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to him.” And he testified with many other words and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added to their number that day about three thousand souls… …praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

      The crowd is confronted with the fact that the very Messiah that they have long awaited has been rejected and murdered some 50 days beforehand. Perhaps there were some in this crowd that were even present during the day Christ was crucified. They were cut to the heart and in turmoil. They realized the terrible mistake they had made and were fearful of the precarious position in which they were now in. In verse 37, they asked, “What shall we do?” They had just heard Peter, in the language of Joel, speak of a possible salvation; and the question, “What shall we do?” indisputably means, What shall we do to be saved?

      Peter tells them to repent, each and every one of them. He tells them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Some translations actually render this –so that your sins will be forgiven. He tells them this is for every one of them. He tells them that if they do this they will receive the Holy Spirit. He tells them this is a promise of God. He tells them this promise of God is for them. He tells them this promise of God is for their children as well (meaning it is for all generations). Peter tells them very clearly and carefully this promise is not just for them, but for all that are far off—this is God’s plan of salvation for everyone for all generations everywhere, for all time. (This applies to us today. God’s salvation plan is still the same for us today as it was when Peter spoke these words to this crowd. It has not changed.) For further emphasis he tells them this promise of God is for everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Him. Peter continues with many other words and urges them to heed his words and to save themselves from this evil generation (This statement of Peter confirms undeniably that he was speaking to people who were NOT saved). And those that accepted his words were baptized and about 3,000 souls were saved that day. This is God’s salvation plan in a nutshell. This is the new birth Jesus spoke of in John 3:5

      Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God .

      …and those are the Words of Jesus Christ, the One we all must answer to

      With repentance and faith (belief) in Jesus the Son of God who died for our sins and was raised from the dead, God promises to forgive our sins (each and every one of them, past, present, and future) and give us the gift of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit when we are baptized into His Son, Jesus Christ.

      Notice verse 42 says the believers continued steadfastly in the Apostle’s doctrine. What is the Apostle’s doctrine? Peter just told us in the previous verses (v.38-39). Notice also the phrase, “added to their number” — how it is associated with the word “baptized” in verse 41 and then in verse 47 it is associated with the words “being saved.”

      Question:

      James 1:22 says,

      “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

      How would you “do what is says” in regards to Acts 2:38?

  • I would say this: Saved by Grace Alone, In Christ alone, through faith alone. Baptism and repentance are a product or fruit of faith. I do not think that this God of love will banish to hell all those who have not been Baptized or who have not lived perfect lives. No one lives a perfect life. Further more most of Church History is full of those who have not been baptized either by not knowing about it or simply not getting a chance. Was the thief on the cross baptized before he entered paradise with Jesus? Unless it rained heavy that day I don’t think so.

  • In regard to 1 Peter 3:21 here is a possible meaning:

    The water (mentioned in previous verses in relation to the flood) is symbolic of baptism, but not outward baptism: “not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience” based on the resurrection of Jesus, the Messiah. An inward baptism of God’s grace is the baptism that saves.

    Paul says “By Grace are ye saved, not by works” (outward baptism is a work, inward baptism is in God’s grace).

  • tommy lee says:

    you can believe in the water baptism to get you to Heaven, but I will believe in the Blood of Christ to get me to Heaven by believing in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ which baptizes me in the Holy Spirt which baptied me in the Blood of Christ the second i believe in the Blood of Christ.

    Eph 1:12, 13
    12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
    13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the Word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,
    Note: these verses say very plainly that when you first believe in the Gospel of Christ you are sealed in the Holy Spirit, baptized in the Holy Spirit.

    Ephesians 1:7,12,13
    In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. On whom ye also trusted after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with the holy Spirit of promise.
    Note: this plainly says that the Blood of Jesus Christ is shed for the remission of sins,it dosen’t say anything about water or anything else being shed, dipped in, baptized in, or anything else for the remission of sins.

    I will depend upon the BLOOD of CHRIST to get me to Heaven.
    all water bapatism does is get you wet
    if your are a sinner, you go down a sinner and come up a wet sinner, if you are a Christian when you are baptized you go down a Christian and come up a wet Christian.
    Jesus said, This is My Blood which was shed for the remission of sins. – He dosen’t say any thing about water baptism being for the remission of sins.
    when i first believe in the Gospel of Christ is when I came in contact with the Blood of CHRIST.
    Like i said before, i will depend on the shed Blood of Christ to get me to Heaven.
    thanks for your concern

  • tommy lee says:

    Mark 16:16
    16 “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”
    {Note: (Some denominations include water baptism in the process of salvation, i. e, being saved. Not being baptized is not included in not receiving your salvation, so it can‘t be included in receiving your salvation either. If a condition is not included both positively and negatively in being saved, receiving your salvation, it is not included in it at all.)}

    John 3:18,36
    18 “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
    36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
    {Note: ( These three verses tell of every condition for going to Heaven and not going to Heaven: He that believes and is baptized; He that believes not; He that believes.)}

    He that believes and is baptized will be saved; (Mark 16:16 a.)
    He that believes not will be condemned; (Mark 16:16 b.)
    He that believes is not condemned; (John 3:18 a.)
    He that believes not is condemned already (John 3:18 b.)
    He that believes has everlasting life. (John 3:36 a.)
    He that believes not shall not see life. (John 3:36 b.)
    {Note: (No where does it say that if you are not baptized you will be condemned, So if not being baptized cannot condemn you, then being baptized cannot save you either. Two out of three times it only says to believe and you will be saved. Only one time has it got being baptized mentioned with being saved. )}
    (If you believe and are then baptized because of your faith in the Gospel of Christ is what Mark 16:16 is actually saying.), (He that believes and is baptized because he believes will be saved; {not baptized to believe or become saved.})

    Acts 16:30,31
    30 “And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
    31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
    {Note: (The answer in verse 31 does not say anything about being baptized to be saved, it only mentions believing. So being baptized has nothing to do with being saved either except after you are saved you will most likely want to be baptized to show other Christians and the rest of the world that you are saved, have received your salvation, by believing in the Gospel of Christ.
    If being baptized were so important to being saved I believe that GOD would have put it in all of the verses about Salvation.
    This would have been the perfect place to include being baptized in receiving your Salvation. A direct question was asked on how to be saved and only believing was mentioned.)}
    Water Baptism – A Scriptural Description: The subject of baptism has had a long and storied history in the church. But if Scripture is the sole authority, then it is there that we must go for our instruction on this issue. And if there is any passage which doctrinally teaches about baptism, it is the passage in Romans 6:1-7.
    What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
    For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin.
    In this passage the analogy of baptism is drawn precisely. And this analogy is not to the Old Testament practice of sprinkling blood or water for purification, but on the central theme of the New Testament, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. These are two separate concepts. One’s view of this central truth determines what mode of baptism is acceptable.
    Those who see baptism as being a purifying act would tend to authorize the use of non-immersion modes. With the possible exception of Acts 22:16, Scripture does not support such an analogy. The consistent analogy of Scripture with respect to baptism is death, burial, and resurrection.
    Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death . . .”
    Romans 6:3-4
    Colossians 2:12 repeats this picture:
    Having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.”
    Colossians 2:12
    Christ Himself associates baptism with His death. In Mark 10:38-39 and Luke 12:50, He speaks of His impending death as a baptism. The picture given is that the baptism reflects something that grieved Christ until it was accomplished. In Mark’s account, it is associated with the cup, which appears to be a reference to the cup of sorrow and death (Mark 14:34,36) Christ mentioned in the Garden of Gethsemane. Consistently baptism, when explained, is explained as a death, burial and resurrection experience.
    Even in the one passage which may be viewed as a cleansing analogy, Acts 22:16, the cleansing is not the concept of sprinkling, but a thorough washing, requiring something much more thorough.
    In those passages that give us some detail about baptism, two things emerge. First, the baptism is done in a body of water. Second, the people come up out of the water when the baptism is completed. Thus, the children of Israel were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea (1 Cor. 10:2). If we remember the story, they went into the Red Sea and the water stood on both sides as they walked through the bottom of the sea before coming up out of the sea. This is a picture of total immersion.
    John conducted his baptizing in the Jordan, which would not have been necessary if baptism involved only sprinkling or pouring. There was something about being in the water. Mark tells us that Jesus was baptized into (eis in the Greek) the Jordan (Mark 1:9). The meaning which comes most naturally to this word is “into” or “in.” Afterwards, Jesus came up out of the water (Matt. 3:16; Mark 1:10).
    Likewise, in John 1:26, John says that he baptizes “en” (in the Greek) water. This preposition can be translated “with” or “by”, but the most common meaning of the word is “in.” This corresponds with Mark’s account of baptizing into water.
    In the account of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch, they went down into the water, he was baptized, and they came up out of the water (Acts 8:38-39). Again, as in the other places where the details are recorded, the baptism is associated with actually being in the water.
    Thus, if we are to follow the example in Scripture, we should actually go into the water and then come back out. Further, if baptism pictures the death, burial, and resurrection, then the body should be placed into the water and brought back up, as Romans says, in newness of life.
    There is a dearth of Biblical support for other forms of baptism. Further, other forms lose the analogy of what baptism, Biblically, symbolized – the death, burial and resurrection.
    What is the function of baptism? I believe it is an outward symbol of an inward reality – the new life. It is not salvation, although it symbolizes the salvation experience. Christ Himself was baptized, yet He was never in need of salvation. John tells us that Christ Himself never baptized anyone (John 4:2). How strange for the man who came to save the world not to save anyone, if baptism is required for salvation. Yet, we know that Christ did save people. The thief on the cross went to heaven. Christ told Zaccheus that salvation had come to his house; yet, there was no hint of baptism. Christ told Nicodemus that belief would bring eternal life. Paul told the same thing to the Philippian jailer: “Believe and you will be save.” Paul tells the Corinthians that they were his children and he became their father through the gospel (1 Cor. 4:14-15). Yet, he says he baptized none of them, except Crispus and Gaius and the household of Stephanas (1 Cor. 1:14-16). He then makes the incredible statement: “Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel” (1 Cor. 1:17). For a man who spent his life converting the world, that is truly a remarkable statement if conversion is impossible without baptism. It makes no sense.
    Further, if baptism is essential for salvation, the many passages in Scripture that say that if you believe you will be saved, are woefully inadequate in their presentation of the gospel. In fact, they are wrong if, indeed, baptism is essential for salvation.
    Some would go to the Mark 16:16 and Acts 2:38 passages to show that baptism is essential for salvation. The passages simply do not support such a position. To the contrary, Mark 16:16 supports the opposite position – that belief alone is essential to one’s eternal destiny. The passage says that the one who “believes and is baptized will be saved.” But Christ’s words do not stop there. Christ goes on to state “the one who does not believe will be condemned” and He states “these signs will follow those who believe” (Mark 16:17). Condemnation, in Jesus’ words, comes to the one who does not believe. It does not come to the one who is not baptized. It is belief, not baptism, that is the divide between condemnation and salvation, even as it is in John 3:18. Thus, while those who believe and are baptized will be saved, those who believe and are not baptized will likewise be saved. The only condemned ones are those who do not believe. Baptism, while not saving, is the normal practice for believers.
    The passage in Acts 2:38-41, likewise, is unclear about the linkage between salvation and baptism. Peter said: “Repent and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.” While clearly those who repent and are baptized are saved, the passage does not state what happens to those who repent but are not baptized. If we had no other Scriptures on the subject, we might conclude that the only sure way of salvation would be to repent and be baptized. But we have many other Scriptures that base salvation on faith alone. If you believe, you are not condemned. The gospel, not baptism, is the power of God to salvation (Romans 1:16; 10:17; 1 Cor. 1:18; 15:1-2). If baptism is required for salvation, then Jesus’ words to Nicodemus, to the Samaritan woman, to the Jews in John 5:24, to the people in John 6:40, to the crowd on the great feast day in John 7:38, to the blind man in John 9:35, to Martha in John 11:25-26, to the rulers in John 12:46, and John’s purpose for writing the book of John as expressed in John 20:31 are misleading and erroneous. In each place, it is stated that those who believe are saved. Belief, not baptism, is the sine qua non of salvation. Both Jesus and Paul were involved in bringing salvation to the world, though their ministries did not include baptizing.
    I believe that baptism, being a sign of the inward baptism of the Spirit in our hearts (1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27) should follow conversion, not precede it. The example of Scripture is quite clear. In Acts 2:41, it is those who received the word who were baptized – men and women alike. In Acts 8:36, the eunuch asked Philip: “What prevents me from being baptized?” Philip answered: “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” Then, the eunuch was baptized. Cornelius was baptized after the Holy Spirit had come upon him (Acts 10:47-48). Lydia’s heart was opened and she was baptized (Acts 16:14-16). The Corinthians believed and were baptized (Acts 18:8). In each instance, the order is belief or conversion and then baptism. Nowhere does Scripture support a position reversing this order.
    Because baptism always follows belief in Scripture, I do not find any support for infant baptism. Some go to the passage of Acts 16:33 where Scripture states that the Philippian jailor and all his family were baptized. They contend that this must have included the children as it says “all.” But the passage does not support the presence of children. Acts 16:34 states that all his household had believed. The baptism was as extensive as the belief, no wider. There is no evidence that children were baptized who could not believe.
    An appeal to the early church is also revealing. In the earliest instruction on church matters, the Didache, written either in the late first or early second centuries, we find this teaching:
    Now concerning baptism, baptize thus: Having first taught all these things, baptize into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, in running water. And if you do not have running water, baptize into other water; and if you cannot in cold, then in warm. But if you have neither, pour water three times upon the head in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
    The instruction to teach first precludes infant baptism. The preference for immersion is clearly seen. Running water is preferred, as Jesus was baptized in the Jordan. Still water is permitted, as the Ethiopian eunuch was baptized into a body of water. Cold water more aptly symbolized death, but warm water is permitted. If a body of water is not available, then pouring (not sprinkling) was permitted. There is no Scriptural support for this last alternative, but it appeared to be an accommodation of the church to circumstances.

    God’s Plan of Salvation; the Original GPS:

    God’s plan for your life is that you come to know Christ in a more personal
    way. This is a very simple plan that can be found by following these steps.

    Step One –– Realize that you are a sinner. Romans 3:23
    ‘For all have sinned and come short of the glory of GOD.’

    Step Two –– Realize that there is a consequence for sin.
    Romans 6:23a ‘For the wages of sins is death.’

    Step Three –– Realize that GOD offers a free gift. Romans
    6:23b ‘… but the gift of GOD is eternal life through Jesus
    Christ our Lord.’

    Step Four –– This step is up to you, whether or not to accept
    this free gift. It is simple. Romans 10:9 ‘That if thou shalt
    confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your
    Hart that God raised HIM from the dead, thou shalt be saved’

    If you see your need to receive Christ as your personal Savior
    just pray this prayer and you will be saved:

    ‘Dear Lord, I know that I am a sinner and need you as my Savior.
    I believe that you came and died, and rose again for my sins.
    Please come into my heart and save me from my sins. Amen.’

  • tommy lee says:

    I know that there is no prayer that will get you to Heaven.GOD sees your heart.the prayer is just mostly for your purpose to let you know that you have let GOD k now your heart’s desire.GOD already knows tho because HE can see your heart.He dosen’t need to see your water baptism or hear a prayer from you.

    • Steve says:

      Tommy Lee,

      The first of the ten commandments is you shall have no other god’s before Me.
      If you cannot show your teaching to be true based on scripture then you have created your own god and you have broken the 1st of the ten commandments. You are also considered to be a false teacher or prophet and God will punish those who are false teachers or prophets.
      My point in this is that we must be able to prove what we teach by scripture. If we can not find it in scripture then it is not part of God’s plan of salvation.
      Please direct me to scripture for what you are teaching here.

  • Bert says:

    It still remains that baptism was practised in the Bible times.
    Why did these early Christians baptise, why did Christ speak about it and John the baptist baptise? because it is of no use?????
    Jesus seemed to have little regard for the things were of no use.
    Would Jesus mention baptism if it was of no use??
    It is very arrogant and stupid not to obey God, I have learn’t from very bitter experience that the slightest disobedience to the Spirit moving on my heart has caused me great loss, pain and heartache.
    Baptism is mentioned more that enough times for us to pay serious attention to it. There was a Pastor Peter J Peters of the La Porte Church of Christ, of “Scriptures for America” now deceased he was a good and Godly man who always preached on the need to be baptised. May the Lord guide and bless all the remnant.

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