posted on Apr, 25 2009 @ 01:28 PM
reply to post by monkcaw
Hello to you!
I do not believe one needs baptism to be saved. This comes because of the thief on the cross next to Christ. When he believed and came to understand
that Jesus really was the Son of God is when he repented. There was not anyway he could be baptised but Jesus told him he would be with him in
But I do believe if one can be baptised they should be. Jesus was and because of his baptism we are shown the importance of the purpose of it.
The full benefit to be derived from the observance of baptism is not merely the spiritual blessing that results from obedience to a positive . Only
as the true significance of baptism is understood be the subject can he realize the full value of the rite. "Repent, and be baptized everyone of you
in name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins." (Acts 2:38). "Arise, and be baptism a cleansing from sins" (22:16). But in what sense is
baptism a cleansing from sin? Evidently it is not a real cleansing from sin, for various reasons.
First, it is clear from the Scriptures that salvation is, in its nature, not dependent upon and outward rite. Our sins are not washed away by the
baptismal waters, but be the blood of Christ (Rev. 1-5, 7:14). That blood is applied on the conditions of repentance and faith (John 3:18;
Acts13:39).. 1 John 5:1). Also, it would be objectionable that one's salvation should be made dependent upon the act of another. If one should
truly repent and believe on Christ for pardon, but no qualified person was available to immerse him, who will dare to say that is such an one should
did unbaptized he would be lost? The penitent thief on the cross had no opportunity for baptism, but Jesus assured him of salvation nevertheless.
Again baptism is not a means to nor a prerequisite to salvation.
The Apostle Paul was converted and even received his call to preach on the Damascus Road (Acts 26:13-19). Three days later at the hands of Ananias he
recieved the Holy Ghost. "Whom the world cannot receive." It was after all this that Ananias urged his baptism to wash away his sins. But his
sins had certainly been washed away by that time. Therefore, the washing away of sin here intended can be only a ceremonial cleansing.
Baptism has still further significance. It represents the death and resurrection of Christ as the cause of salvation, and is symbolic of the
accomplishment of that purpose in the person who is baptized (Rom. 6:4). It points to both Christ and the believer. it is fitting that the atonement
of Christ should be emersion from the water of the subject his testimony to the world that he has died to sin and the world, and that he has been
resurrected to a new life of holiness in Christ.
This is a public time of our testimony and out desire to be dead to the world. Also, a wonderful time of fellowship of sharing and celebration with
Just my thoughts,
Peace to all,