There are denominations that believe baptism is necessary for salvation. Actually, someone should be baptized after he puts his faith in Christ. So, is baptism a requirement for salvation? The answer is resoundingly NO. Faith in Jesus alone is sufficient for salvation. Christ’s finished work on the cross has paid your sin debt. Let’s take a look at what scripture has to say:

Acts 10:44-47
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

They got baptized after they were saved. How do we know they were saved? They were speaking in tongues — which is a gift from God to believers (1 Cor. 14) and they were exalting, or magnifying, God. Non-believers do not exalt God. Also, Peter said they had received the Holy Spirit, and it happened before baptism. (Note: speaking in tongues is simply a sign of salvation. It is not necessary that a Christian speak in tongues as a proof of salvation. Not all speak in tongues (1 Cor. 12:30)*.

” For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with the wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.” – 1 Cor. 1:17

“CHRIST SENT ME NOT TO BAPTIZE!!!!!”

1 Cor. 15:1-4.
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 the third day according to the scriptures

Paul is saying they got saved when they believed in Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection for the remission of sin. Baptism is only an outward symbol of what Christ did on the cross.

Let’s look at an example that appears to say baptism is necessary and examine it.

“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.” – John 3:5

Water here means the water of the womb referring to the natural birth process. Jesus said in John 3:3** that Nicodemus needed to be born “again.” He is speaking of a physical birth through his mother’s womb. Nicodemus responds with a statement about how he cannot enter again into his mother’s womb to be born. Then Jesus says that he must be born of water and the Spirit. Then in John 3:6 He says, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” The context discusses the contrast between the natural and the spiritual birth. Water, therefore, is interpreted to mean the birth process.

Let’s look at another verse referring to baptism and examine it.

Romans 6:4-5
4 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 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.

Notice the word likeness? We’re not dying and getting buried. The figurative usage of baptism is symbolic of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. We become “dead to sin” when we’re saved and we walk in newness of life.

BAPTISM IS AN OUTWARD SIGN OF FAITH DEPICTING THE DEATH, BURIAL, AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS!!! AND IT IS NOT A REQUIREMENT OF SALVATION, BUT A PROFESSION OF OUR FAITH!!!

To close, Ephesians 2:8-9
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.

GRACE IS THE GIFT OF GOD WHICH SAVES US THROUGH OUR FAITH!!! NOT WORKS (BAPTISM) !!!!

* “Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? (1 Cor. 12:30)
** ” 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.” (John 3:3)

Thanks for reading. God bless.  Holla!

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