Water Baptism, the final word

𝐖𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐑 𝐁𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐒𝐌, 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐅𝐈𝐍𝐀𝐋 𝐖𝐎𝐑𝐃

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“𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐖𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐁𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐢𝐬 𝐍𝐨𝐭 𝐑𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐒𝐚𝐥𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧”
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𝟐 𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐲 𝟐:𝟏𝟓 𝐊𝐉𝐕 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
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𝐑𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟏𝟎:𝟐-𝟑 𝐊𝐉𝐕 – 2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to 𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
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𝐆𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟔:𝟏𝟒 𝐊𝐉𝐕 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
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𝐖𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐁𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐢𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐚𝐥𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. Several groups say that water baptism is required for salvation. They base this off of a few verses and a wrong interpretation of those verses. 𝐌𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝟐:𝟑𝟖 𝐊𝐉𝐕
We will look at this verse first.
𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝟐:𝟑𝟖 𝐊𝐉𝐕
Then Peter said unto them, 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.
𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝟐:𝟒𝟏 𝐊𝐉𝐕
Then they that 𝐠𝐥𝐚𝐝𝐥𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝 were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Peter’s audience “𝐠𝐥𝐚𝐝𝐥𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝”—and by necessary inference believed in their hearts and put their trust in Jesus— 𝐛𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝. 𝐒𝐚𝐥𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐮𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐆𝐨𝐝’𝐬 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭.
𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝟐:𝟒𝟒 𝐊𝐉𝐕
And 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐝 were together, and had all things common;
Peter was speaking to Jews as the church was completely Jewish at this time. When someone is given a medal for bravery, it is not so that they can obtain bravery but because they already had it. Folks that use this verse say it is for salvation because the Holy Spirit came after water baptism.
We find in Acts chapter 8 that the Holy Spirit came with the laying on of hands (((𝐏𝐑𝐈𝐎𝐑))) to water baptism. Also, in chapter 10 of Acts, the Holy Spirit came as they received the word (((𝐏𝐑𝐈𝐎𝐑))) to water baptism. The argument then is void as Acts is a transitional book that gives a history of the early church. Early on it was all Jewish and later Gentiles were added.
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🢂𝐉𝐄𝐒𝐔𝐒 𝐍𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐑 𝐖𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐑 𝐁𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐙𝐄𝐃 𝐀𝐍𝐘𝐎𝐍𝐄🢀
🢂𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧 𝟒:𝟐 𝐊𝐉𝐕
(Though Jesus himself 𝐁𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐙𝐄𝐃 𝐍𝐎𝐓, but his disciples,)
𝗜𝗳 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝗕𝗮𝗽𝘁𝗶𝘀𝗺 𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘀𝗮𝗹𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝘄𝗵𝘆 𝗱𝗶𝗱𝗻’𝘁 𝗝𝗲𝘀𝘂𝘀 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝗯𝗮𝗽𝘁𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝘆𝗼𝗻𝗲? 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗶𝗱 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝗯𝗮𝗽𝘁𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝘆𝗼𝗻𝗲, 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗶𝗱 𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝘆𝗼𝗻𝗲?
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🢂𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝟏:𝟓 𝐊𝐉𝐕
𝐉𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐬’ 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐬 🢂🢂 For John truly baptized with 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫; but ye shall be baptized with the 𝐇𝐎𝐋𝐘 𝐆𝐇𝐎𝐒𝐓 not many days hence.
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🢂𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐰 𝟑:𝟏𝟏 𝐊𝐉𝐕
I indeed baptize you with 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is (((𝐌𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐓𝐈𝐄𝐑 𝐓𝐇𝐀𝐍 𝐈))), whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall (((𝐁𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐙𝐄))) you with the (((𝐇𝐎𝐋𝐘 𝐆𝐇𝐎𝐒𝐓, 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐖𝐈𝐓𝐇 𝐅𝐈𝐑𝐄:)))
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🢂𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝟏:𝟖 𝐊𝐉𝐕
I indeed have baptized you with 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 but he shall (((𝐁𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐙𝐄))) you with the 𝐇𝐎𝐋𝐘 𝐆𝐇𝐎𝐒𝐓.
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🢂𝐋𝐮𝐤𝐞 𝟑:𝟏𝟔 𝐊𝐉𝐕
John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫; but one one (((𝗠𝗜𝗚𝗛𝗧𝗜𝗘𝗥 𝐓𝐇𝐀𝐍 𝐈))) cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall (((𝐁𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐙𝐄))) you with the (((𝐇𝐎𝐋𝐘 𝐆𝐇𝐎𝐒𝐓 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐖𝐈𝐓𝐇 𝐅𝐈𝐑𝐄:)))
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🢂In 𝟏 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟏:𝟏𝟐-𝟏𝟔 𝐊𝐉𝐕
12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? (((𝐉𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐭𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲. 𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐧: 𝐖𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐜𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐡? 𝐌𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐜𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐡? 𝐌𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐨𝐧 𝐜𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐡? 𝐁𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐜𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐡?)))14 (((𝐈 𝐓𝐇𝐀𝐍𝐊 𝐆𝐎𝐃 𝐓𝐇𝐀𝐓 𝐈 𝐁𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐙𝐄𝐃 𝐍𝐎𝐍𝐄 𝐎𝐅 𝐘𝐎𝐔))), but Crispus and Gaius; 15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.
If water baptism is required for salvation, why would Paul (((𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐰𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐍.𝐓))) thank God that he didn’t 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 baptize any of the Gentiles?
🢂Here’s why 👉𝟏 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟏:𝟏𝟕 𝐊𝐉𝐕
For Christ sent me (((𝐍𝐎𝐓 𝐓𝐎 𝐁𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐙𝐄))), but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
🢂𝟏 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟏:𝟏𝟖 𝐊𝐉𝐕 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
🢂Then in verse 𝟐𝟏 he further stated, “…𝐢𝐭 𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞.”
Here we see that the (((𝐆𝐎𝐒𝐏𝐄𝐋))) does not include water baptism.
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐚 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞 𝐠𝐥𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐝𝐧’𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞, 𝐢𝐟 𝐝𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐨 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐝?
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🢂𝐑𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟏:𝟏𝟔 𝐊𝐉𝐕
For I am not ashamed of the (((𝐆𝐎𝐒𝐏𝐄𝐋))) of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐭𝐡; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Here we see that the (((𝐆𝐎𝐒𝐏𝐄𝐋))) is the power of God unto salvation. 𝐀𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐏𝐚𝐮𝐥’𝐬 𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐝.
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𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧 𝟏:𝟐𝟗-𝟑𝟏 𝐊𝐉𝐕
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 30 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐰𝐡𝐨𝐦 𝐈 𝐬𝐚𝐢𝐝, 𝐀𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐦𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡 𝐚 𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐦𝐞: 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐦𝐞. 31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫.
𝐒𝐨, 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐁𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐟𝐨𝐫? 𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐉𝐞𝐰𝐬, 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐌𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐡 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐉𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐬 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭.
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𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝟏𝟔:𝟏𝟓-𝟏𝟔 𝐊𝐉𝐕
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗯𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗲𝘃𝗲𝘁𝗵 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗱𝗮𝗺𝗻𝗲𝗱.
𝐖𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐝𝐚𝐦𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝. 𝐔𝐧𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐦𝐧𝐞𝐝. 𝗧𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗯𝗮𝗽𝘁𝗶𝘇𝗲𝗱 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗯𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗲𝗳 𝗶𝗻 𝗝𝗲𝘀𝘂𝘀 𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁.
𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐛𝐬 𝟑𝟎:𝟔 𝐊𝐉𝐕 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
𝟏 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟒:𝟔 𝐊𝐉𝐕 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.
𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝟐 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐝𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐆𝐨𝐝’𝐬 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝. 𝐈𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝟏𝟔:𝟏𝟔 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐠𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐥, 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭, 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐝𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐆𝐨𝐝’𝐬 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝.
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Baptism is the N.T. parallel to circumcision just as the Lord’s supper is the parallel to the Passover (𝐂𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟐:𝟏𝟏-𝟏𝟐 𝐊𝐉𝐕). Since circumcision “is nothing” (𝟏 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟕:𝟏𝟗 𝐊𝐉𝐕) and did not save anyone, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦?
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𝟏 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟏𝟓:𝟏-𝟒 𝐊𝐉𝐕
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the (((𝐆𝐎𝐒𝐏𝐄𝐋))) which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
Here we see that the (((𝐆𝐎𝐒𝐏𝐄𝐋))) is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
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𝐒𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐤𝐬 𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧 𝟑:𝟑-𝟓 𝐊𝐉𝐕 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐞 𝟔 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐞 𝟓. 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐬𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐧 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐞 𝟓 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦𝐚𝐥 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫, 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐬𝐧’𝐭.
𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧 𝟑:𝟑-𝟔 𝐊𝐉𝐕
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? (((𝐂𝐀𝐍 𝐇𝐄 𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐄𝐑 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐒𝐄𝐂𝐎𝐍𝐃 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄 𝐈𝐍𝐓𝐎 𝐇𝐈𝐒 𝐌𝐎𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐑’𝐒 𝐖𝐎𝐌𝐁, 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐁𝐄 𝐁𝐎𝐑𝐍?))) 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of (((𝐖𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐑))) and of the (((𝐒𝐏𝐈𝐑𝐈𝐓))), he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the (((𝐅𝐋𝐄𝐒𝐇 𝐈𝐒 𝐅𝐋𝐄𝐒𝐇))); and that which is born of the (((𝐒𝐏𝐈𝐑𝐈𝐓 𝐈𝐒 𝐒𝐏𝐈𝐑𝐈𝐓))).
Born of water is the physical or fleshly birth into physical life and the Spirit birth is one’s spiritual birth into life. It has nothing to do with water baptism. Verse 𝟔 clarifies verse 𝟓.
Can the word water as used in 𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧 𝟑:𝟓 mean water baptism? Why didn’t Christ say what he meant to say? If he really meant baptism—when he said water—by the same reasoning, he evidently meant baptism in the next Chapter (𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧 𝟒:𝟕-𝟏𝟓). Read again the story of the Woman at the Well and substitute the word baptism for water everywhere it is found in the story exactly as you substitute the word baptism for water in 𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧 𝟑:𝟓 and see what a story you make. 𝐅𝐚𝐥𝐬𝐞 𝐝𝐨𝐜𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐮𝐝𝐝𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫.
🗡️The same folks that see water as water baptism, (((𝐒𝐄𝐄 𝐖𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐑 𝐁𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐒𝐌 𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐘𝐖𝐇𝐄𝐑𝐄 𝐁𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐒𝐌 𝐈𝐒 𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐄𝐃))). They confuse the (((𝐒𝐏𝐈𝐑𝐈𝐓𝐔𝐀𝐋))) with the (((𝐏𝐇𝐘𝐒𝐈𝐂𝐀𝐋))).🗡️
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𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧 𝟑:𝟏𝟒-𝟏𝟖, 𝟑𝟔 𝐊𝐉𝐕
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever (((𝐁𝐄𝐋𝐈𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐓𝐇))) in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 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. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 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.
Notice it is the (((𝐁𝐄𝐋𝐈𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐑))) that is saved and the (((𝐔𝐍𝐁𝐄𝐋𝐈𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐑))) is lost with (((𝐍𝐎 𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍))) of water baptism.
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Water baptism requires a human (((𝐌𝐄𝐃𝐈𝐀𝐓𝐎𝐑))). If water baptism was required for salvation, the baptizer holds the power of salvation instead of God.
𝟏 𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐲 𝟐:𝟓 𝐊𝐉𝐕
For there is one God, and (((𝐎𝐍𝐄 𝐌𝐄𝐃𝐈𝐀𝐓𝐎𝐑))) between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
𝐇𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐰𝐬 𝟗:𝟏𝟓-𝟏𝟔 𝐊𝐉𝐕
15 And for this cause (((𝐇𝐄 𝐈𝐒 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐌𝐄𝐃𝐈𝐀𝐓𝐎𝐑))) of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
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𝟏 𝐏𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟑:𝟐𝟎-𝟐𝟏 𝐊𝐉𝐕
20 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. 21 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:
Folks sometimes think the baptism that saves is water, it isn’t. If they would just (((𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐃 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐏𝐀𝐑𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐓𝐈𝐂𝐀𝐋 𝐏𝐎𝐑𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍))) of the verse it tells you this. How do you wash away the filth of the flesh? With water. It is the (((𝐒𝐏𝐈𝐑𝐈𝐓 𝐁𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐒𝐌))) that happens at the instant of belief that (((𝐒𝐀𝐕𝐄𝐒))).
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𝟏 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟏𝟐:𝟏𝟑 𝐊𝐉𝐕
For by (((𝐎𝐍𝐄 𝐒𝐏𝐈𝐑𝐈𝐓))) are we all (((𝐁𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐙𝐄𝐃))) into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
If water baptism was the way, then 𝟏 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟏𝟐:𝟏𝟑 𝐊𝐉𝐕 would say, “For by 𝐖𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐑 are we all baptized into one body…”
But it doesn’t say that. It says, “For by (((𝐎𝐍𝐄 𝐒𝐏𝐈𝐑𝐈𝐓))) are we all (((𝐁𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐙𝐄𝐃))) into one body…”
This also matches 𝐓𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐬 𝟑:𝟓 𝐊𝐉𝐕
𝐓𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐬 𝟑:𝟓 𝐊𝐉𝐕
(((𝐍𝐎𝐓 𝐁𝐘 𝐖𝐎𝐑𝐊𝐒))) of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy (((𝐇𝐄 𝐒𝐀𝐕𝐄𝐃 𝐔𝐒))), by the (((𝐖𝐀𝐒𝐇𝐈𝐍𝐆))) of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
The washing of regeneration is (((𝐍𝐎𝐓))) water but (((𝐒𝐏𝐈𝐑𝐈𝐓))).
Jesus implied in 𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐰 𝟑:𝟏𝟑-𝟏𝟔 𝐊𝐉𝐕 that water baptism is a work of righteousness.
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𝐆𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟑:𝟐𝟕 𝐊𝐉𝐕
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Again, this is (((𝐍𝐎𝐓))) water baptism but (((𝐒𝐏𝐈𝐑𝐈𝐓))) baptism (𝟏 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟏𝟐:𝟏𝟑 𝐊𝐉𝐕).
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𝟏 𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧 𝟓:𝟏𝟏-𝟏𝟑 𝐊𝐉𝐕
11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that (((𝐁𝐄𝐋𝐈𝐄𝐕𝐄))) on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have (((𝐄𝐓𝐄𝐑𝐍𝐀𝐋 𝐋𝐈𝐅𝐄))), and that ye may (((𝐁𝐄𝐋𝐈𝐄𝐕𝐄))) on the name of the Son of God.
Carefully notice that John 𝐍𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐑 mentions the word “baptism,” not even once. That speaks volumes! Water Baptism is for (((𝐀𝐅𝐓𝐄𝐑))) salvation.
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𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝟖:𝟏𝟒-𝟏𝟕 𝐊𝐉𝐕
14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: 15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: 16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) 17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
The situation in is somewhat different from the ones in Acts 2 and Acts 10, however. The Samaritans received the laying on of hands and the Holy Spirit 𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 water baptism. So, it is obvious from this story that it is possible to be regenerated and not to have received the Spirit’s empowering presence yet. Even today, it is certainly true that we receive certain aspects of the Holy Spirit’s work at the point of regeneration and some afterward. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐲 𝐒𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞, 𝐝𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦. 𝐂𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐥𝐲, 𝐰𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐩𝐮𝐭 𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐛𝐨𝐱 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧’𝐬 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞. There are some logical reasons why this situation occurred as it did. Apparently, the apostles were not present when the original conversions took place. This was a group of Samaritans, who were not fully Jewish and there was a lot of hostility that existed between the Samaritans and Jews. It would have been desirable in this early ministry to receive apostolic approval to prove that this new church was “kosher.” 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐬.
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𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝟖:𝟑𝟔-𝟑𝟖 𝐊𝐉𝐕
36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37 And Philip said, If thou (((𝐁𝐄𝐋𝐈𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐒𝐓))) with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
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Water Baptism is a (((𝐏𝐈𝐂𝐓𝐔𝐑𝐄))) of the Gospel by which we are saved. 𝗜𝗧 𝗜𝗦 𝗔𝗡 𝗢𝗨𝗧𝗪𝗔𝗥𝗗 𝗦𝗜𝗚𝗡 𝗢𝗙 𝗜𝗡𝗪𝗔𝗥𝗗 𝗖𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗡𝗦𝗜𝗡𝗚.
𝐈𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐒𝐚𝐮𝐥 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐝𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝐢𝐧 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝟖:𝟏-𝟑 𝐊𝐉𝐕 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐀𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐚𝐬’ 𝐟𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐒𝐚𝐮𝐥 𝐢𝐧 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝟗:𝟏𝟎-𝟏𝟖 𝐊𝐉𝐕 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐤𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐒𝐚𝐮𝐥 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐰𝐚𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐬 (((𝐈𝐍 𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐈𝐑 𝐄𝐘𝐄𝐒))) 𝐚𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐡𝐢𝐦 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭.
𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝟖:𝟏-𝟑 𝐊𝐉𝐕
1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. 2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. 3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.
𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝟗:𝟏𝟎-𝟏𝟖 𝐊𝐉𝐕
10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. 11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, 12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. 13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: 14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. 15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: 16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake. 17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. 18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, (((𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗪𝗔𝗦 𝗕𝗔𝗣𝗧𝗜𝗭𝗘𝗗))).
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𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝟏𝟎:𝟒𝟑-𝟒𝟒, 𝟒𝟕-𝟒𝟖 𝐊𝐉𝐕
43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name 𝐰𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐨𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐭𝐡 𝐢𝐧 𝐡𝐢𝐦 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐬. 44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, 𝘄𝗵𝗶𝗰𝗵 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗛𝗼𝗹𝘆 𝗚𝗵𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗮𝘀 𝘄𝗲? 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
The Holy Spirit is given to believers (((𝐁𝐄𝐅𝐎𝐑𝐄))) water baptism. 𝐇𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞, 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐟𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡. 𝐈𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐛𝐞 𝐚 𝐬𝐚𝐥𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭.
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𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝟏𝟏:𝟏𝟏, 𝟏𝟒-𝟏𝟔,𝟏𝟖 𝐊𝐉𝐕
11 And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me. … 14 Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved. 15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. 16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫; but ye shall be 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐲 𝐆𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐭. 18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted 𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞.
𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝟏:𝟓 𝐊𝐉𝐕
𝐉𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐬’ 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐬 🢂🢂 For John truly baptized with 𝘄𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿; but ye shall be baptized with the 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐲 𝐆𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐭 not many days hence.
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𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝟏𝟓:𝟏-𝟏𝟐 𝐊𝐉𝐕
Some men (falsely) taught that unless you are circumcised you cannot be saved. The apostles 𝐂𝐎𝐔𝐋𝐃 have said, “𝐍𝐨𝐭 𝐜𝐢𝐫𝐜𝐮𝐦𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦.” But instead, Peter said, “No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.” So, they told Gentile believers to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols, sexual immorality, blood, but “missed their chance” to say that baptism is required.
Water baptism is a sacrament, like the Lord’s Supper. Both are symbols of the reality of our salvation in Christ. Just as we do not literally eat Christ’s body in the Lord’s Supper, 𝐰𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐧.
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𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝟏𝟓:𝟕-𝟏𝟏 𝐊𝐉𝐕
7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. 8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; 9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. 10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? 11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐠𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐉𝐞𝐰𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐲 𝐒𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭. 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐢𝐭? 𝐈𝐧 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝟐:𝟑𝟖 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐁𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭’𝐬 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐠𝐨𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐲 𝐒𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭. 𝐁𝐮𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝟏𝟎, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐠𝐨𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐲 𝐒𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐛𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐛𝐲 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠.
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𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝟏𝟔:𝟑𝟎-𝟑𝟏, 𝟑𝟒 𝐊𝐉𝐕
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. 34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, (((𝐁𝐄𝐋𝐈𝐄𝐕𝐈𝐍𝐆))) in God with all his house.
Here the answer is given to “what must I do to be saved?”. Notice it says (((𝐁𝐄𝐋𝐈𝐄𝐕𝐄))) on the Lord Jesus Christ, (((𝐍𝐎𝐓𝐇𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐄𝐋𝐒𝐄))).🢀 (((𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐬 𝐝𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐢𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨)))
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𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝟏𝟗:𝟏-𝟓 𝐊𝐉𝐕
1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. 3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, 𝐔𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧’𝐬 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦. 4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5 When they heard this, (((𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐘 𝐖𝐄𝐑𝐄 𝐁𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐙𝐄𝐃 𝐈𝐍 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐍𝐀𝐌𝐄 𝐎𝐅 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐋𝐎𝐑𝐃 𝐉𝐄𝐒𝐔𝐒))).
𝐏𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧’𝐬 𝐁𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐫𝐞-𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 (((𝐇𝐎𝐋𝐘 𝐆𝐇𝐎𝐒𝐓 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐖𝐈𝐓𝐇 𝐅𝐈𝐑𝐄))).
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𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝟐𝟐:𝟏𝟔 𝐊𝐉𝐕
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, (((𝐂𝐀𝐋𝐋𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐎𝐍 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐍𝐀𝐌𝐄 𝐎𝐅 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐋𝐎𝐑𝐃))).
This is often used to support baptismal requirements for salvation.
Three things are commanded here: 1. arise, 2. be baptized, 3. wash away thy sins, (((𝐂𝐀𝐋𝐋𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐎𝐍 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐍𝐀𝐌𝐄 𝐎𝐅 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐋𝐎𝐑𝐃))).
𝐒𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐋𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐛𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦.
Folks just don’t read verse 13.
𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝟐𝟐:𝟏𝟑 𝐊𝐉𝐕
Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, 𝐁𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐒𝐚𝐮𝐥, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him.
Here we see Saul is called (((𝐁𝐑𝐎𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐑))). 𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐅𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐬 𝐆𝐨𝐝, 𝐛𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐥𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐥’𝐬 𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝. 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐚 𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐟𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡 (𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧 𝟏:𝟏𝟐 𝐊𝐉𝐕). 𝐀𝐝𝐨𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐚𝐥𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. 𝐓𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐚 𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫.
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𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐰 𝟐𝟎:𝟐𝟐-𝟐𝟑 𝐊𝐉𝐕
𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐉𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐬 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐚 𝐅𝐔𝐓𝐔𝐑𝐄 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐚 𝐖𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐑 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦:
“But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐁𝐄 𝐁𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐙𝐄𝐃 𝐖𝐈𝐓𝐇 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐁𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐒𝐌 𝐓𝐇𝐀𝐓 𝐈 𝐀𝐌 𝐁𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐙𝐄𝐃 𝐖𝐈𝐓𝐇: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.”
𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐚 𝐟𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐬, 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐛𝐞 𝐖𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐑 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦. 𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐘 𝐇𝐀𝐃 𝐀𝐋𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐃𝐘 𝐁𝐄𝐄𝐍 𝐁𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐙𝐄𝐃 𝐈𝐍 𝐖𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐑, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 𝐈𝐍𝐓𝐎 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭’𝐬 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐲 𝐆𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐭.
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𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧 𝟏𝟓:𝟑 𝐊𝐉𝐕
Now ye are (((𝐂𝐋𝐄𝐀𝐍))) through the (((𝐖𝐎𝐑𝐃))) which I have spoken unto you.
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We, the Gentiles, are saved by grace through faith after hearing the gospel and believing it. When you put your trust in water baptism to save you, you are trusting in 𝐘𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐎𝐖𝐍 𝐖𝐎𝐑𝐊𝐒 to save you. You are saying that what Jesus did on the cross was not enough, and 𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐇𝐀𝐕𝐄 𝐓𝐎 𝐃𝐎 𝐒𝐎𝐌𝐄𝐓𝐇𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐎 𝐒𝐀𝐕𝐄 𝐘𝐎𝐔𝐑𝐒𝐄𝐋𝐅. That is completely false according to the Word of truth. We cannot be saved by our own works.
Does 𝐄𝐩𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟐:𝟖 𝐊𝐉𝐕 say we’re saved by grace through faith… and water baptism? Or does it say we’re saved by grace through faith? That is completely false according to the Word of truth. We cannot be saved by our own works.
𝐄𝐩𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟐:𝟖-𝟗 𝐊𝐉𝐕
8 For by grace are ye 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐟𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡; 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐬: it is the gift of God: 9 (((𝐍𝐎𝐓 𝐎𝐅 𝐖𝐎𝐑𝐊𝐒))), lest any man should 𝐛𝐨𝐚𝐬𝐭.
If water baptism were necessary for salvation, 𝐄𝐩𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟐:𝟖 and many other verses should have been translated, ‘𝐲𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐟𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦.’…Water baptism is a distinct act of obedience apart from salvation.
𝐇𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐰𝐬 𝟏𝟏:𝟏 𝐊𝐉𝐕 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, (((𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐄𝐕𝐈𝐃𝐄𝐍𝐂𝐄 𝐎𝐅 𝐓𝐇𝐈𝐍𝐆𝐒 𝐍𝐎𝐓 𝐒𝐄𝐄𝐍))).
So, we are saved by grace through faith, and faith is things we cannot see. So, how could an expression of faith be,”𝐈’𝐦 𝐠𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐬𝐞𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐈 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐬𝐞𝐞, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐈’𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐝. 𝐎𝐫, 𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐈 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐬𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐤𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐈 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐬𝐞𝐞, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐈’𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐝.” …. Then it’s not of faith, it’s of works. It’s not faith whatsoever.
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𝐑𝐎𝐌𝐀𝐍𝐒 𝟒:𝟓 𝐊𝐉𝐕 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬… “But to him that (((𝐖𝐎𝐑𝐊𝐄𝐓𝐇 𝐍𝐎𝐓))), but (((𝐁𝐄𝐋𝐈𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐓𝐇 𝐎𝐍 𝐇𝐈𝐌))) that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐦𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐜𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐫 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐛𝐞? 𝐀 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧’𝐬 𝐟𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐢𝐧 𝐉𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐬 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐬 (((𝐂𝐎𝐔𝐍𝐓𝐄𝐃))) 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬. 𝐒𝐚𝐥𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐆𝐨𝐝, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐧. 𝐖𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 (((𝐇𝐈𝐒 𝐑𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐓𝐄𝐎𝐔𝐒𝐍𝐄𝐒𝐒))); 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟-𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬…(((𝐁𝐔𝐓 𝐓𝐎 𝐇𝐈𝐌 𝐓𝐇𝐀𝐓 𝐖𝐎𝐑𝐊𝐄𝐓𝐇 𝐍𝐎𝐓))).
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𝐑𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟔:𝟑-𝟔 𝐊𝐉𝐕 – 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 “𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐨” Jesus Christ were 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 “𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐨” his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 “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. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin…….Three times Paul used the term “𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐨” here.
Is Paul’s teaching here in 𝐑𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟔:𝟑-𝟔 𝐊𝐉𝐕 supporting 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦 like it is taught in most cases?
Nowhere in Paul’s writing does he identify we are 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 “𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐨” the Body of Christ by a 𝐌𝐎𝐑𝐓𝐀𝐋 man placing us unto water.
𝐓𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐏𝐚𝐮𝐥’𝐬 𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐜𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐲 𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐰𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 “𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐨” 𝐉𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐬 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭.
Christian baptism symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, but more, it also symbolizes that the believer has died and was buried and rose again with Christ to newness of life, because the masters in the life have changed.
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𝐂𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟐:𝟏𝟐 𝐊𝐉𝐕 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
This is referring to the new spiritual birth without which none can be saved from the binding power and the penalty of their sins. The baptism of the Holy Spirit of the believer into the body of Christ at conversion 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐲𝐦𝐛𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦.
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𝗥𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗻𝘀 𝟭𝟬:𝟵,𝟭𝟯 𝗞𝗝𝗩
𝟵 𝗧𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗹𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗳𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝘆 𝗺𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗟𝗼𝗿𝗱 𝗝𝗲𝘀𝘂𝘀, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗹𝘁 𝗯𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗲𝘃𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗚𝗼𝗱 𝗵𝗮𝘁𝗵 𝗿𝗮𝗶𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗵𝗶𝗺 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗮𝗱, 𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗹𝘁 𝗯𝗲 𝘀𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗱. … 𝟭𝟯 𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝘄𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗼𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘂𝗽𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗟𝗼𝗿𝗱 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝘀𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗱.
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𝐄𝐩𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟓:𝟐𝟔 𝐊𝐉𝐕
“That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the (((𝐖𝐀𝐒𝐇𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐎𝐅 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐖𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐑))) by the (((𝐖𝐎𝐑𝐃))),”
The (((𝐖𝐀𝐒𝐇𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐎𝐅 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐖𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐑))) is a metaphor for the word and Spirit of God. 𝐈𝐭 𝐜𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐮𝐬, 𝐫𝐞𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐮𝐬, 𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐰𝐬 𝐮𝐬, 𝐬𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐮𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐮𝐬.
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𝟏 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟔:𝟏𝟏 𝐊𝐉𝐕
And such were some of you: but ye are (((𝐖𝐀𝐒𝐇𝐄𝐃))), but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
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𝐏𝐬𝐚𝐥𝐦 𝟏𝟗:𝟏𝟐 𝐊𝐉𝐕
Who can understand his errors? (((𝐂𝐋𝐄𝐀𝐍𝐒𝐄))) thou me from secret faults.
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𝐏𝐒𝐀𝐋𝐌 𝟓𝟏:𝟐 𝐊𝐉𝐕
(((𝐖𝐀𝐒𝐇))) me throughly from mine iniquity, and (((𝐂𝐋𝐄𝐀𝐍𝐒𝐄))) from my sin.
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David asked the question in 𝐏𝐬𝐚𝐥𝐦 𝟏𝟏𝟗:𝟗 𝐊𝐉𝐕 🢂🢂 Wherewithal shall a young man (((𝐂𝐋𝐄𝐀𝐍𝐒𝐄)))🢀🢀 his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy (((𝐖𝐎𝐑𝐃))).🢀🢀
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𝐉𝐎𝐇𝐍 𝟐𝟎:𝟑𝟏 𝐊𝐉𝐕, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐍𝐎 𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦! 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐁𝐄𝐋𝐈𝐄𝐕𝐄 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐆𝐨𝐝, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭 ((𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐨 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐲𝐬)); 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐇𝐞’𝐥𝐥 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐬.
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𝟏 𝐏𝐄𝐓𝐄𝐑 𝟏:𝟏𝟖 𝐊𝐉𝐕, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”
𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐍𝐎 𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦! 𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐉𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐲; 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦.
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𝟏 𝐏𝐄𝐓𝐄𝐑 𝟏:𝟐𝟑 𝐊𝐉𝐕 “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐍𝐎 𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦! 𝐖𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝, 𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐆𝐨𝐝, 𝐛𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐆𝐨𝐝. 𝐀𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐧!
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𝐄𝐩𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟒:𝟑-𝟔 𝐊𝐉𝐕
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, (((𝐎𝐍𝐄 𝐁𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐒𝐌))), 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
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𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝟏:𝟏𝟓 𝐊𝐉𝐕
And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨 𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐯𝐚𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐬.
𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝟑:𝟏𝟗 𝐊𝐉𝐕
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨 𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐯𝐚𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐬.
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The doctrine of salvation, taught throughout all of the Scriptures and evidenced in all dispensations and ages, stresses that only repentant faith is necessary to be justified and to receive divine forgiveness.
𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐬 𝟏𝟓:𝟔 𝐊𝐉𝐕 And he (Abraham) believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
In 𝐑𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟒:𝟗-𝟏𝟏 𝐊𝐉𝐕, Abraham was saved before the obedience of circumcision, which is the Old Testament correlation to New Testament baptism.
𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐦𝐞. 𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐓𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐎𝐥𝐝 𝐓𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐬 𝐞𝐱𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐟𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡. 𝐓𝐨 𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐢𝐬 𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐚𝐥𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐂𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝐀𝐠𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧.
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🢂 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗲𝗳 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗿𝗼𝘀𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝗯𝗮𝗽𝘁𝗶𝘀𝗺. 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁 𝗱𝗶𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗲𝗳 𝗱𝗶𝗲𝗱, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗲𝗳 𝘄𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁 (𝗛𝗲𝗯𝗿𝗲𝘄𝘀 𝟵:𝟭𝟰-𝟭𝟳 𝐊𝐉𝐕). 𝗜𝗳 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝗯𝗮𝗽𝘁𝗶𝘀𝗺 𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗼 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗻, 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗶𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗲𝗳 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗯𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝗯𝗮𝗽𝘁𝗶𝘇𝗲𝗱?
🢂 𝐒𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐢𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐟 𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐎𝐥𝐝 𝐂𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐭. 𝐁𝐮𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐉𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐬 𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐁𝐄𝐅𝐎𝐑𝐄 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐟, 𝐢𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐟 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐀𝐅𝐓𝐄𝐑 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭. 𝐀𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐦 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐎𝐥𝐝 𝐂𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐢𝐦 𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐟 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐑𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟐:𝟏𝟐: “𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐬 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐚𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐚𝐰 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐣𝐮𝐝𝐠𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐚𝐰.” 𝐖𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐟 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐬 𝐣𝐮𝐝𝐠𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐚𝐰 𝐨𝐫 𝐛𝐲 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐟𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐞? 𝐎𝐟 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞, 𝐢𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐲 𝐟𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐞. 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲, 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐢𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐥𝐲. 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐮𝐦𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐦𝐬 𝐬𝐮𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐟𝐢𝐭 𝐚 𝐩𝐫𝐞-𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐝𝐨𝐜𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐞.
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𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐟 𝐚 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐦𝐞𝐭 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐝, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐤𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐜𝐚𝐫 𝐰𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐤 𝐨𝐧 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝. 𝐖𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐛𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐧?
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𝐍𝐨𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫! 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧’𝐬 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦, 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫’𝐬 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦. 𝐖𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮. 𝐈𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬𝐡 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐬. 𝐖𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬 𝐚 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫 𝐚 𝐰𝐞𝐭 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫. You confuse “𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐨𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐝𝐨𝐦” which was exclusively preached to the nation of Israel in a prior dispensation with “𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐨𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐆𝐨𝐝” by which alone we are saved.
Paul preached the gospel of grace to both Jews and Gentiles and the only baptism which saves us is when God baptizes those who obey the call of the gospel of “𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐨𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬 𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐨𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐋𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐉𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐬 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭” (𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝟐𝟎:𝟐𝟏 𝐊𝐉𝐕), “into Christ.”
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫’𝐬 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧’𝐬 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦. 𝐈𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐧 𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐬𝐲𝐦𝐛𝐨𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐝𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭. 𝐖𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮, 𝐧𝐨𝐫 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐲 𝐒𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭. “𝐘𝐞 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐛𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧” 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐓𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐠𝐮𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐬 𝐇𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐭𝐡, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐨 𝐥𝐢𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐭𝐡, 𝐒𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐩𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐲𝐬.”
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𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝟏:𝟓 𝐊𝐉𝐕 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, (((𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐖𝐀𝐒𝐇𝐄𝐃 𝐔𝐒 𝐅𝐑𝐎𝐌 𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐒𝐈𝐍𝐒 𝐈𝐍 𝐇𝐈𝐒 𝐎𝐖𝐍 𝐁𝐋𝐎𝐎𝐃))),
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The conclusion must be that indeed we are saved by the spiritual baptism of the Holy Spirit creating an inner change in the heart rather than water on the skin. The Bible makes a distinction between spiritual baptism and water baptism (𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐰 𝟑:𝟏𝟏 𝐊𝐉𝐕). But we would not put God in a box, and so this would not preclude the Holy Spirit working through water baptism as a means of God’s grace— as the Holy Spirit works before, during, and after one is saved. 𝐁𝐮𝐭 𝐢𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜 𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐝𝐨 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐝.~~Shared
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Adding more to the confusion….Many will put you in hell for this by saying….”𝐀 𝐛𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐞𝐯𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐍𝐀𝐌𝐄 𝐎𝐅 𝐉𝐄𝐒𝐔𝐒 𝐂𝐇𝐑𝐈𝐒𝐓 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐯𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐝. 𝐈𝐅 𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐇𝐀𝐕𝐄 𝐁𝐄𝐄𝐍 𝐁𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐙𝐄𝐃 𝐈𝐍 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐅𝐀𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐑, 𝐒𝐎𝐍, 𝐇𝐎𝐋𝐘 𝐆𝐇𝐎𝐒𝐓, 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐏𝐄𝐑𝐒𝐎𝐍 𝐁𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐙𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐢𝐝𝐧’𝐭 𝐬𝐚𝐲 𝐈𝐍 𝐉𝐄𝐒𝐔𝐒 𝐂𝐇𝐑𝐈𝐒𝐓 𝐍𝐀𝐌𝐄, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐇𝐄 𝐁𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐙𝐄𝐃 𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐖𝐑𝐎𝐍𝐆.”
KJV For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
KJV In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust (((𝐍𝐎𝐓 𝐖𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐑))): let me never be put to confusion.
 
 
 
There is an important difference between a condition of salvation and a requirement for salvation. The Bible is clear that belief is both a condition and a requirement, but the same cannot be said for baptism. The Bible does not say that if a man is not baptized in water, then he will not be saved. One can add any number of conditions to faith (which is required for salvation), and the person can still be saved. For example, if a person believes, is baptized, goes to church, and gives to the poor he will be saved. Where the error in thinking occurs is if one assumes all these other conditions, “baptism, going to church, giving to the poor,” are required for one to be saved. While they might be the evidence of salvation, they are not a requirement for salvation. (For a more thorough explanation of this logical fallacy, please see the Question: Does Mark 16:16 teach that water baptism is required for salvation?).
The fact that baptism is not required to receive forgiveness and the gift of the Holy Spirit should also be evident by simply reading a little farther in the book of Acts. In Acts 10:43, Peter tells Cornelius that “through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins” (please note that nothing at this point has been mentioned about being baptized, yet Peter connects believing in Christ with the act of receiving forgiveness for sins). The next thing that happens is, having believed Peter’s message about Christ, the “Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message” (Acts 10:44). It is only after they had believed, and therefore received forgiveness of their sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit, that Cornelius and his household were baptized (Acts 10:47-48). The context and the passage are very clear; Cornelius and his household received both forgiveness of sins and the Holy Spirit before they were ever baptized. In fact, the reason Peter allowed them to be baptized was that they showed evidence of receiving the Holy Spirit “just as Peter and the Jewish believers” had.
In conclusion, Acts 2:38 does not teach that water baptism is required for salvation. While water baptism is important as the sign that one has been justified by faith and as the public declaration of one’s faith in Christ and membership in a local body of believers, it is not the means of remission or forgiveness of sins. The Bible is very clear that we are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone (John 1:12; John 3:16; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:21-30; Romans 4:5; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 3:9; Galatians 2:16).