Lower Bucks Church of Christ

Lower Bucks Church of Christ

WHAT ABOUT BAPTISM?

There is so much unnecessary disagreement in the religious world over baptism. (The denominational world says things like this: We are saved by faith only; then we are to be baptized. Baptism is not for salvation and has nothing to do with salvation because we are saved before we are baptized. Baptism can be a pouring, a sprinkling, or an immersion; it does not matter. Baptism is only the outward sign of an inward grace. Etc.) To learn the truth, all you really need to do is simply read what the Word of God actually says on this important Bible subject. It is not that hard. You can understand what the truth is about baptism. Forget what men and man-made denominationalism say about baptism. Read it for yourself and believe! Here are the verses:

· Matthew 28:18-20

“And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, ‘All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.’”

· Mark 16:15, 16

“And he said unto them, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned.’” · John 3:3, 5 “Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born anew (“again” – NIV), he cannot see the kingdom of God.’ . . . Jesus answered, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born of water and [the] Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.’”

· Acts 2:38-41, 47

“And Peter [said] unto them, ‘Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins (“so that your sins may be forgiven” – NIV); and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For to you is the promise, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, [even] as many as the Lord our God shall call unto him.’ And with many other words he testified, and exhorted them, saying, ‘Save yourselves from this crooked generation.’ They then that received his word were baptized: and there were added [unto them] in that day about three thousand souls. . . . And the Lord added to them (“to the church” – NKJV) day by day those that were saved.”

· Acts 22:16

“And now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on his name.”

· Romans 6:1-23

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. We who died to sin, how shall we any longer live therein? Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him through baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with [him] in the likeness of his death, we shall be also [in the likeness] of his resurrection; knowing this, that our old man was crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be done away, that so we should no longer be in bondage to sin; for he that hath died is justified from sin. But if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him; knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death no more hath dominion over him. For the death that he died, he died unto sin once: but the life that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Even so reckon ye also yourselves to be dead unto sin, but alive unto God in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey the lusts thereof: neither present your members unto sin [as] instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves unto God, as alive from the dead, and your members [as] instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under law, but under grace. What then, shall we sin because we are not under law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye present yourselves [as] servants unto obedience, his servants ye are whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But thanks be to God, that, whereas ye were servants of sin, ye became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching whereunto ye were delivered; and being made free from sin, ye became servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye presented your members [as] servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity, even so now present your members [as] servants to righteousness unto sanctification. For when ye were servants of sin, ye were free in regard of righteousness. What fruit then had ye at that time in the things whereof ye are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto sanctification, and the end eternal life. For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

· I Corinthians 12:13

“For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit.”

· Galatians 3:26-29

“For ye are all sons of God, through faith, in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ. There can be neither Jew nor Greek, there can be neither bond nor free, there can be no male and female; for ye all are one [man] in Christ Jesus. And if ye are Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, heirs according to promise.”

· Ephesians 4:4-6

“[There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as also ye were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in all.”

· Colossians 2:9-15

“For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and in him ye are made full, who is the head of all principality and power: in whom ye were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, in the putting off of the body of the flesh, in the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with him in baptism, wherein ye were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. And you, being dead through your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, you, [I say], did he make alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses; having blotted out the bond written in ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us: and he hath taken it out that way, nailing it to the cross; having despoiled the­ principalities and the powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”

· Titus 3:4-7

“But when the kindness of God our Savior, and his love toward man, appeared, not by works [done] in righteousness, which we did­ ourselves, but according to his mercy he saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, which he poured out upon us richly, through Jesus Christ our Savior; that, being justified by his grace, we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

· I Peter 3:20-22

“The longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water: which also after a true likeness doth now save you, [even] baptism (“this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also” – NIV), not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the interrogation (“pledge” – NIV) of a good conscience toward God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ; who is on the right hand of God, having gone into heaven; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.”

All Examples of Conversion in the Book of Acts:
(1) Pentecost – Acts 2:1-47 cf. 4:4; 5:14; 6:7;
(2) The Samaritans – Acts 8:4-12;
(3) The Eunuch – Acts 8:26-29;
(4) Paul – Acts 9:1-19; 22:3-16; 26:8-20;
(5) Cornelius – Acts 10:1 - 11:18; 15:7-11;
(6) Lydia – Acts 16:14, 15;
(7) The Jailer – Acts 16:27-34;
(8) The Corinthians – Acts 18:8 cf. I Corinthians 12:13; 15:1, 2; II Corinthians 1:21, 22;
(9) The Ephesians – Acts 19:1-5 cf. Ephesians 1:3-14;
(10) Others – Acts 9:35, 42; 11:21; 13:48; 14:1; 17:12, 34; 21:20, 25; etc.

(All Scripture quotations are taken from the American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.)

(From Valley Church of Christ, AZ)