But Christ took our place on the cross, thankfully. It is part of Christ’s plan for our redemption. Whenever we sin, we know (as John says) that "if we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just and will forgive our sins" for the sake of Jesus our Savior (1 John 1:9). 25:31-46, he tells people that they are going to heaven because of the benevolent deeds that they did while living. (Is it pouring, sprinkling, or immersion? Did you ever notice that the proponents of the “faith only” doctrine no not say that “for” in Luke 3:3 means “because of”? They disagree over its purpose. 3:11). He who believes and is baptized will be saved." However, baptism, not as a work that we perform to “earn” any kind of salvation but as obedience to God’s word is also necessary for salvation. Those who die without doing so are not saved, just as those who die without having faith, or repenting of their sins, would not be saved. We cannot devise our own plan as to how our sins are to be forgiven. Even though it involves agreeing with Daniel David ( ) I'll concur that no true Christian would refuse baptism! There was John’s baptism, which was in water (Mark 1:5) and was a baptism of repentance for forgiveness of sins (Mark 1:4). For permissions, view our Copyright Policy. No, because all have sinned and thus deserve hell, not heaven; that’s where God’s grace comes in. After preaching Christ to him, what did the Ethiopian Eunuch do? Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. With this truth in place, let’s go back to Acts 2:38. (Mark 16:16…baptized shall be saved….). After all, baptism was commanded by Christ himself (Matt. In like manner, it is not getting wet that saves us, but the obedience of God’s word that allows us access to the blood of Christ. 3:15). These and many other questions are often asked when the subject of baptism is raised. You then mentioned seven biblical baptisms and asked which one. 5:26; Tit. His works did not save him but his obedience to God’s word saved him. Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? And if the baptism into Christ does not involve water, then why was the eunuch so interested in being baptized in water when he believed in Jesus (Acts 8:35-38)? There is much confusion and division in Christendom about the subject of baptism. There is no mention of water baptism here as a requirement for the removal of sins. Sure, there are verses such as Mark 1:4, Luke 3:3; Acts 13:24, and 19:4 which state baptism is for the repentance and forgiveness of sin. They were saved by God’s grace and Christ’s death, but their obedience is what made God’s grace and Christ’s death not in vain on their behalf. The Bible teaches that salvation comes to those who are faithfully, penitently, baptized (immersed) in water for the forgiveness of sins into Christ and his body. The verse reads: “Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit,'” (Acts 2:38). 2. It is excluded. We do … What if I was baptized for the wrong reason? None of us have ever been without sin or ever will be without sin; that means that no matter how much of God’s will we obey, we would still be lost due to our sin. Scripture also states that grace alone is sufficient and there is not need for works. The baptism of fire mentioned by John is referring contextually to the punishment of hell waiting for his listeners who were unrepentant in their sins (Matt. This baptism was administered before Christ came for the purpose of causing faith in Christ (Acts 19:4), but those who were baptized by John were required after the church began to be baptized again, this time in the name of Jesus (Acts 19:1-5). What prevents me from being baptized?” He wanted to be saved right then. When Peter stood before the unsaved religious leaders who had just imprisoned the apostles, he proclaimed: "The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. The baptism of John became obsolete on the Day of Pentecost. John’s baptism was not because their sin were already forgiven. Baptism is necessary for salvation (Mark 16:16; 1 Pet. Do you have trouble believing that God has forgiven you in Christ? This person took the verses way out of context. A short time later, the apostle Peter preached the gospel in Jerusalem on the Jewish holiday of Pentecost, and commanded people to repent and be baptized “for the forgiveness of sins” (Acts 2:38). Is Peter’s answer different from what yours would have been? Or is our soul washed clean by the Spirit because of Jesus death? Why delay? Psalm 51 Ezekiel 37:23 Mark 1:4 Acts 22:16. A ceremony is a religious rite, a series of practices done in a short period of time for religious purposes. 5:26)? Because of the sovereignty of the Spirit, we cannot say that everyone who is baptized is regenerated at the moment of baptism. That means that we NEED the grace of God, and we NEED Christ to be the propitiation for our sins on the cross. I don’t say that to be mean, but to point out that many people just repeat what they have been taught. Without repentance, we do not benefit from the grace signed and sealed by the sacrament. In RCC theology, baptism takes away all sins, original sin and all personal sins, as well as punishment for sin. Consider Acts 22:16, where Ananias tells Paul, “Rise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on his name.” Notice what Ananias doesn’t say, “Rise and be baptized, because you’ve been forgiven your sins.” Clearly, baptism precedes the removal of sin and is ordered to bringing about such an effect. If so, then God’s promise and command through Peter to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins applies to you just as it did to Peter’s hearers on Pentecost. Christian baptism preached on the Day of Pentecost was not because their sins were already forgiven. With that in mind, examine Titus 2:11-12. John’s baptism in water was essential to spare them of the wrath to come. The Philippian jailor also did not rejoice until after he was baptized (which he also immediately did after hearing the word of the Lord). In the same book of Acts, baptism precedes the removal of sins. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. But when you look at the verse, and others, you will see that it does not teach baptismal regeneration, that baptism saves, or that baptism is necessary for salvation. 7:9-11; Acts 3:19; Luke 13:3, 35; 24:47). First published in Tabletalk Magazine, an outreach of Ligonier. A, I’m sorry to hear that you will no longer comment. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! 3. (As a sidenote, the Bible plainly teaches that we are NOT “born in sin.” See Ezek. Where is the verse that says that by law we show our salvation. Eph. Professed followers of Christ disagree over its definition. Where is the verse that states that grace alone is sufficient and there is no need for works? That is Jesus’ point in John 3, where He states that it is impossible to see the kingdom of God without first being born again “of water and the Spirit” (v. 5). What about confession? The atonement of Christ removes our sin and guilt, which are replaced with the righteousness of our Savior (2 Cor. In addition to being a sign and seal of regeneration, baptism is also a sign and seal of the forgiveness of sins, according to Westminster Confession of Faith 28.1. It IS a step of obedience and a sign of our death with Christ. Certainly not. Your gift enables our worldwide outreach. Did those people not need God’s grace? 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16). Baptism: Necessary For Forgiveness Of Sins, Or Because Sins Have Already Been Forgiven? It is clear that he intended to convey that his blood would be shed for many IN ORDER TO provide forgiveness of sins. I hope you continue to read and follow my blog. Galatians 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. The Bible teaches that baptism is necessary for both, and that both are in fact correlated with each other. I hope that what I say will touch hearts and I am praying over this blog, that indeed, His Truth, will be revealed. He has also told us that we must repent of our sins in order to be saved and have our sins forgiven. The word “for” in Greek, eis, means, “in order to obtain,” not “because you have received.” Peter views baptism, therefore, as the means through which a person initially receives the forgiveness of sins. There is division over baptism’s recipients. 4:5), and this one would be it. Or does it sanctify the souls of those who seek Him, confess, and live for Him? This is why Paul mentioned washing (a reference to baptism) and sanctification interchangeably (1 Cor. My questions to him/her would be: 1. In obedience to His command, I was immersed in water baptism to show world in ritual manner that the real baptism had taken place in my soul. The responder would do well to study the subject of baptism from the scriptures and then notice all of the examples of conversion involving baptism. Do not misunderstand. So baptism and the Lord’s Supper are viewed as two "sacraments" for the forgiveness of sins, one for initial forgiveness, and the other for ongoing forgiveness. Thanks for reading and taking the time to reply. Baptism for the Forgiveness of Sins (Part 1) by H. Wayne House The subject of baptism is one of the most debated and divisive issues within Christendom.1 Though other theological doctrines may receive more attention than baptism, there … However, the idea is wrong. The most significant writers (Tertullian being the main one) did not say a person could NOT be forgiven, but that a bishop could not assume their forgiveness. The most common and most reasonable way to think about this is that forgiveness of willful sin is only available through the blood of Jesus, but that, by the providence of God, that forgiveness can be applied to people who are not saved by faith, repentance and baptism into Christ. Look to the water of baptism. This means that the purpose of baptism is to receive forgiveness. Luke 3:3 And he came into all the district around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; They believed, they repented, they were baptized, they did good deeds, they basically obeyed God. Church Government and the COVID-19 Pandemic, My Thoughts On The Toxic Masculinity Gillette Ad, What Christianity’s All About: Being Led By The Spirit, What Christianity’s All About: Jesus the Christ, What Christianity’s All About: God’s Grace (Eph. Forgiveness occurs in the mind of God and not on the basis of man's feeling in his heart. 7. Or is God the God of Jews only? However, in his sermon from Solomon's portico in the Temple (Acts 3:12-26), Peter makes no reference to baptism, but links forgiveness of sin to repentance (3:19). If baptism is necessary for the forgiveness of sin, why didn't Peter say so in Acts 3? 6:1-2. Notice that Peter thought baptism no less necessary than repentance for forgiveness. You mentioned that baptism means “identification with.” Respectfully, the word itself literally in the original Greek means “to dip, to plunge, to immerse.”. Now, what if we refuse to do what God’s grace instructs us to do? We need Christ to take our place on that cross and be the propitiation for our sins because none of us, no matter how faithful, repentant, and obedient we are, are perfect. Very good points, Turf, and very well put. Where is the verse that says we show our new birth by being baptized? 15. 6:3-5), and thus is sanctified, or set apart, from how he used to be, and from the rest of the world. Peter mentioned baptism in his sermon on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:38). (Is it pouring, sprinkling, or immersion? But if we are living lives of faith and repentance, the water of baptism assures us that God has cleansed us from our sin and forgiven us. 6:3-4; Gal. Is one baptized in water, or in the Holy Spirit?) God has also told us that we must believe in order to be saved and have our sins forgiven. YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY BLOG. ( Log Out /  Because water is a cleansing agent for dirt on the body, it is a fitting visible sign for the spiritual cleansing that God effects for our souls in Christ. Faith is needed, but faith without works of obedience is not a living faith, but a dead one (James 2:14-26). Because of what law? 3:21), and obedience is also necessary for salvation (Heb. At the point of faith alone in Christ alone, we are baptized into Christ by the Holy Spirit – a dry baptism, but a baptism which cannot be revoked by anything we could ever do. (The Holy Spirit had yet been given). Your help in specifying them even more than you already have would be appreciated. THE BAPTISM OF JOHN VERSUS CHRISTIAN BAPTISM BY STEVE FINNELL in all its fullness to as many people as possible. Let’s go to Scripture to find the answers to them. This is taught in passages such as Acts 2:38, where Peter commands the Pentecost crowd to repent and be baptized “for the forgiveness” of their sins. This baptism was administered before Christ came for the purpose of causing faith in Christ (Acts 19:4), but those who were baptized by John were required after the church began to be baptized again, this time in the name of Jesus (Acts 19:1-5). Does a person have to repent in order to be saved? Repent of your sins, and be baptized to wash them away (Acts 22:16). He is riding along, presumably with just a driver and Philip appears. Where is the verse that says we are saved by faith alone? There is much confusion and division in Christendom about the subject of baptism. 1 Baptism is “for the forgiveness of sins” Peter said, "Repent and be baptized every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." No, he said, “Look! Donate Now. The sacrificial work of Jesus Christ on the cross is the rock I stand on. The early Church … Some hold that one’s sins are forgiven through repentance, prior to baptism, while others hold that one’s sins are forgiven after repentance, in baptism. (Must it happen in order to have sins forgiven, or because sins have already been forgiven? I believe that scripture is being twisted here. We are baptized simply because Christ commanded that we be baptized. If the Pharisees and lawyers rejected God’s purpose by failing to be baptized by John the Baptist; what will be the consequences for those who reject the baptism commanded by Jesus? Acts 19:4 Paul said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus.”. Again, thanks for reading and taking the time to write. Both are just a way of turning away from the past and turning toward a … God makes a true promise to forgive sin in baptism, but that promise is made only to those who repent. There was also John’s prophecy of Jesus baptizing with the Holy Spirit and with fire (Matt. I do not say this to be superior or accusatory (and it is difficult to get away from what you have always been taught), but if you truly study the Bible for what it actually says, you will come to the conclusion that baptism is necessary. This person most definitely does not know what the true meaning of the verses he/she qouted. But note that the reality of forgiveness to which baptism points comes to pass only as baptized individuals repent. You then mentioned that baptism “cannot be following Jesus in his baptism because the water there identified him with the work He would do on the cross – the Father’s salvific plan. . Peter ties baptism to the forgiveness of sins, and it’s not sins that have already been forgiven. ( Log Out /  Peter joins the necessity of repentance with baptism in today’s passage, so we see that as with regeneration, there is no automatic connection between the rite of baptism and the experience of divine forgiveness. All of them are legitimate, and deserve a biblical answer. POINT: Those who reject the Scriptures concerning the purpose of Christian baptism, readily accepts the Biblical account as to the purpose of water baptism performed by John the Baptist. an honest self-assessment of how well you have lived Gods covenant of love, leading you to accept responsibility for your sins and to realize your need for God's merciful forgiveness excommunication serious penalty that means a baptized person is no longer in communion with the Catholic Church No, because of the law that requires faith. “And now why do you wait? Professed followers of Christ disagree over its definition. He washes us clean with the blood of Christ (1 John 1:9). . There is confusion over whether a need would ever exist to be re-baptized. 7:21). Acts 22:16. One can understand the reasoning behind this idea, especially since both acts are symbolic of the death of Christ. The answer is no. In His grace, God forgives our sin, choosing not to hold our transgressions against us any longer. When defining the fruit of the vine as “my blood of the covenant, which is shed for many…”, he used the identical grammatical construction in the Greek as is used in Acts 2:38:  “…for forgiveness of sins.”  When he said this…several hours before he died on the cross to provide forgiveness for the sins of mankind…did he intend his phrase “for forgiveness of sins” to mean that his blood had ALREADY provided forgiveness of sins? Yes, of Gentiles too, since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. The water of your baptism is God’s unbreakable promise to you to forgive you when you repent. Even the religious leaders needed to repent of their sin, although they saw no need of it. Christian baptism in water is essential to spare us all, of the wrath to come. If the person happens to come back and read this, I would appreciate the locations of the verses to prove what he/she says. Why did Jesus himself mention water (John 3:5), along with Peter (Acts 10:47-48) and Paul (Eph. Communion is a ceremony. Respectfully, the Bible teaches that baptism into Christ involves water. John’s Baptism: Men are told to repent and be baptized in water for the forgiveness of their sins and to believe in Jesus who was to come. While I am aware of a plurality of baptisms mentioned in Scripture, I can’t in my mind remember defining seven. It is apparent that the responder does not understand how to interpret scripture. 3:5), and it would be into Christ (Rom. But, that is not true…. Fix that problem! .”. However, God still tells us that those who obey him will be saved (Heb. (Should infants be baptized? If God had not said so, then you wouldn’t hear it from me. None of us can therefore “follow Christ” in His baptism because we are born in sin and therefore not qualified to go to the cross to provide the payment required for our sins.” Respectfully, the reason Jesus was baptized is clearly stated in Scripture: “in order to fulfill all righteousness” (Matt. Did the tetalestai (sp)finished work of Christ propitiate the Father or does the act of water baptism propitiate Him? In Matt. http://steve-finnell.blogspot.com. Change ). And baptism means simply “identification with.” So which one is more efficacious than faith in Christ’s redemptive work on the cross? Baptism isn’t necessary for salvation. Nothing but the blood of Christ saves us. Just as water washes dirt from our flesh, so the Spirit washes the filth of sin from our souls. Thus, while there is a theological connection between Christian baptism and our regeneration—baptism tangibly portrays and confirms God’s promise to renew His people—there is no necessary temporal connection between baptism and regeneration. 3:11 “I baptize you with water for repentance. The important thing is that I had experienced what baptism was about: the forgiveness of sin, reconciliation with God and new life … After all, the Spirit goes where He wishes and when He wishes, and we cannot determine precisely when and where He will act (v. 8). Not according to what is specifically stated in Heb. ( Log Out /  Acts 2:38…”Repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins;and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Next 500 Years: 2017 National Conference, Regarding the Present in Light of the Future, Show Me Your Glory: Understanding the Majestic Splendor of God, Naming Ligonier the Beneficiary of a Bank or Investment Account, Gifts That Provide Income and Tax Benefits. There are literally hundreds of scriptures in the N.T. Professed followers of Christ disagree over its definition. ( Log Out /  2 Thess. Baptism: Necessary For Forgiveness Of Sins, Or Because Sins Have Already Been Forgiven? A wedding is a ceremony. Jesus commanded baptism (Mark 16:16), as did his apostles (Acts 2:38), so when one is baptized, one is obeying Christ, and thus is doing something necessary for salvation. When one is baptized into Christ, he becomes a new creation (Rom. Paul’s sins were washed away not by baptism, but by calling on His name. Jesus’ thoughts about the cup when he instituted the Lord’s Supper (Matt. … Jeremiah 33:8, for example, promises the forgiveness and cleansing of the guilt associated with Judah’s sins against the Lord. Why were you baptized? 5. While 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 … 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God– not because of works, lest any man should boast.” Did His death sanctify water? There is no mention of being baptized to show the world that you had been already baptized spiritually. The law that requires works? Luke 3:7 So he began saying to the crowds who were going to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come. The Ligonier Ministries site requires Javascript, but you’ve got Javascript disabled. To be a Scriptural baptism, it must be done for the purpose of being cleansed or freed from sins by the blood of Jesus. Look at 1 Peter 3:21 “Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” While that verse speaks for itself, Peter was talking about Noah and his family had been saved by God by being brought through water and in 1 Corinthians, there is a discussion about how the Israelites were brought through water (Red Sea and the cloud) to their salvation (seems to be a theme here). “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 will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’ ”. 1:16; Mark 16:15-16. 2 Thess. It cannot be following Jesus in his baptism because the water there identified him with the work He would do on the cross – the Father’s salvific plan. Romans 3:27-31 “Where, then, is boasting? I'll have to agree that baptism cannot be considered necessary for forgiveness of sins. When asked what to do about their sin, Peter said, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins" (acts 2:38). 18:1-20.). Now if Naaman had said and believed in his heart, “I trust in You God and know You have power to cleanse me of my leprosy and ask that You now show Your power,” would he have been cleansed? 3:27) and into his body (1 Cor. The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God 6:11; Eph. That baptism was about ME and my desire to get on the road to become His disciple and to witness for my Savior ; but if I had been taken out of life before that ritual, I would not have gone to hades to await the Lake of Fire because the baptism I received at the point of faith in Christ was ALL about Him and my identification with Him (accepted in the beloved). In the meantime, I’d like to go to Scripture to talk about the ones which I’m aware of. The scriptures teach that baptism is directly connected to the forgiveness of sins (Acts 22:16). Is water so blessed now that during baptism it washes our very soul? that can be used to show that true salvation is accomplished through faith in what Jesus … Water! This is taught in passages such as Acts 2:38, where Peter commands the Pentecost crowd to repent and be baptized “for the forgiveness” of their sins. 1:16; Mark 16:15-16). John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. By all appearances, Acts 10 is univocal. You asked if baptism was necessary for salvation or obedience for sanctification. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Scripture DOES tell us to be baptized and so we should, but it is to show the world that we are set apart (just as the Jews were circumcised to show that they were set apart). In addition to being a sign and seal of regeneration, baptism is also a sign and seal of the forgiveness of sins, according to Westminster Confession of Faith 28.1. Will God’s grace save us? Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. You then mentioned, “The sacrificial work of Jesus Christ on the cross is the rock I stand on. The following are some of the verses generally used to prove that water baptism is not the means of forgiveness of sins. In conclusion, Acts 2:38 does not teach that baptism is required for salvation. Future articles will give more information about this needed topic. and I could never thank Him to the fulness of my joy- there are not enough words. Again, thanks for reading and having this discussion with me. The ritual of baptism does not save – only God’s grace saves; but baptism connects us to the promises and the people of God and is celebrated as a means of that grace. Where is the verse that says baptism is to show the world we are set apart? In obedience to His command, I was immersed in water baptism to show world in ritual manner that the real baptism had taken place in my soul. 12:13). 3:23; 6:23; 1:18ff). there are 7 biblical baptisms, not just water baptism. So, a person stands justified before God only after he has been baptized, not before. 2:11-12), 1 Corinthians 10:12: “…Take Heed That He Does Not Fall.”, What Christianity’s All About: God’s Love (John 3:16), Isaiah 41:10: “Fear Not, For I Am With You…”, A Mother And Daughter Look At Titus And Timothy, Follow Pre-Denominational Christianity on WordPress.com. None of us can therefore “follow Christ” in His baptism because we are born in sin and therefore not qualified to go to the cross to provide the payment required for our sins. 2:14; Rom. However, even though he died on the cross, he still commands that we have faith, repent of sins, and have our sins washed away in baptism in order to be saved. Some believe that the “for” in Acts 2:38’s “for forgiveness of sins” means “because your sins have been forgiven” rather than “in order for your sins to be forgiven.”  This is because the Greek word translated “for” (eis) sometimes means “because of;” however, in most cases eis means “in order to.”  Which is the proper meaning in Acts 2:38? There was John’s baptism, which was in water (Mark 1:5) and was a baptism of repentance for forgiveness of sins (Mark 1:4). Why were you baptized? Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. You then mentioned, “At the point of faith alone in Christ alone, we are baptized into Christ by the Holy Spirit – a dry baptism, but a baptism which cannot be revoked by anything we could ever do.” You might be interested to know that there is only one time in Scripture that the phrase “faith alone” is used, and that is in James 2:24, where God tells us that we are justified by works, and not by faith alone. Thanks. 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