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Water Baptism

Water Baptism

Was water baptism a part of the Law ?

The answer is "yes" !

In the OT it was called "cleansing" -- or "water cleansing".

Here is one example of "water cleansing" in the OT, of which Israel was under the Law, of those things that were not clean.

Leviticus 11:32 ----"it "must" be put into water, and it shall be unclean until the even; so it shall be cleansed ( read the context , by reading verses 22 thru verse 47

Jesus Christ fulfilled the law, and thus was "water baptized" - "water cleansed". Jesus Christ said this is my body which is given for you - "take eat", and this is my blood of the new and everlasting convenant, take and drink. Before Jesus Christ could offer himself, he needed to fulfill the law of "water cleansing" - "water baptism". John "cleansed" - "baptized" with water, which fulfilled the law. This is the "reason" that Jesus Christ was baptized with water.

Another record of water cleansing is in Leviticus 15:13

Jesus Christ had no need to be water cleansed, as he was sinless. But he came also to "fulfill" the law of Moses, also called the Law of God.

So, is there a "need" to be "water baptized" anymore ?

NO ! The Law has been fulfilled, and there is no need to continue to "do" the law. If we were to continue to "do" the law, then Christ has been made of no affect unto you , and you then who have been saved , fall from grace - Galatians chapter 5.

In the unity of the Spirit, there is only "one" baptism (cleansing). That "one" baptism occured when we were baptized into the death and resurrection of Christ. Because when he died, we died with him and when he was raised, we were raised with him -- Romans 6:3 - Baptized into his death --- Romans 6:4 - buried with him by baptism into death: And raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father.

Jesus Christ's own words in his resurrected body, just before he ascended up into heaven were -- > Acts 1:4 - "wait for the promise of the Father" --- verse 5 - "For John truly baptized ( water cleansed) with water; but "ye" shall be baptized (cleansed) with the Holy Spirit not many days hence.

The first spiritual Christian baptism took place on the day of pentecost, when the day of pentecost was fully come - Acts 2:1

And the gift of holy spirit came "upon" them like as of "fire" and it "sat" upon them, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance"

Water baptism (cleansing) was "under" the law !

Being baptized into his death, and receiving the baptism of the gift of holy spirit upon , is the baptism unto Christians - "the chosen" - Ephesians 1:4.

We are a "new creature" IN Christ - Galatians 6:15 , and neither water cleansing or no water cleansing availeth anything !

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Here, here -- I object.



























... not really.


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Water Baptism is essential for salvation

In as much as the Law was but a foreshadowing of the reality fulfilled in Christ, water baptism is the fulfillment of the foreshadowing of the purpose of circumcision.

Christ ORDAINED water baptism APART from the Law.

Water baptism is a New Testament command and ordinance of Jesus Christ. not the Law.

In fact, it is the act of baptism itself that removes sins and circumcized the old flesh away to make room for the new man.

The apostles taught that only through water baptism was a person identitified with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Without water baptism, repentance is meaningless and the joining with the Body of Christ incomplete.

Those who object to the necessity of water baptism in regards to salvation do not understand that indeed, water baptism is a work, however it is a 'working of God' in the life of him baptised.

Salvation is impossible without water baptism. This Christ ordained and apostolicly confirmed doctrine was so important to the early church that, all were baptized IMMEDIATELY upon conversion and without exception in all accounts in scripture.
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homebild:

You made a lot of claims , without backing up your statements with scripture !

Would you like to discuss this, or are you just making a claim without any references ?

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Hervey:
I didn't think it was necessary to post the scriptures, but perhaps it is well I do it since your position is certainly not at all a scriptural one.

Here's a great article about Paul's Teacing concerning the necessity of Water Baptism:

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[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Baptism In The Teaching Of Paul
INTRODUCTION
1. In our first lesson we saw where baptism played a prominent role in [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] apostolic preaching...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. In every case of conversion described in the book of Acts,
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] baptism is mentioned
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. As G. R. Beasley-Murray, a Baptist scholar, observed:[bless and do not curse] "Baptism
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] is...a part of the proclamation of Christ. In an Apostolic sermon
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] it comes as its logical conclusion." - G. R. Beasley-Murray,
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Baptism In The New Testament, Grand Rapids:[bless and do not curse] Wm. B. Eerdmans
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Publishing Co., 1962, p. 393)
2. And what did the apostles proclaim regarding baptism?[bless and do not curse] We noticed [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] that...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. It was commanded "for the remission of sins" - Ac 2:38 [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. It was done to "wash away sins" - Ac 22:16
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] c. It involved "water" - Ac 8:36-38; 10:48
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] d. It was done "immediately", with no delay even if after midnight
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] - Ac 16:25-33
3. This would certainly suggest that baptism is necessary for[bless and do not curse] [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] salvation...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. But is this a fair conclusion drawn from the "preaching" of the
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] apostles?
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. Is this conclusion consistent with the "teaching" of the
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] apostles, as found in their epistles?
[In this lesson, we will examine what Paul taught in his epistles regarding baptism.[bless and do not curse] Let's start with by noticing what he said about baptism...]
I. IN HIS EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] A. BAPTISM IS A BURIAL AND RESURRECTION WITH CHRIST...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1. It is a baptism into the death of Christ - Ro 6:3
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2. It is a burial with Christ into death (His death, we are[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] crucified with Him!) - Ro 6:4
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 3. It is done in order that we might walk in newness of life[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] - Ro 6:4-5
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 4. It involves crucifying the old man, that the body of sin may
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] be destroyed - Ro 6:6
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 6. It thereby frees us from sin as we die to sin, that we might
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] live with Christ - Ro 6:7-11
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] B. NOTE CAREFULLY...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1. Paul does not say that baptism "symbolizes things which had
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] already occurred"
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. Many say this is the purpose or design of baptism, often
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] quoting this passage
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. But read the passage carefully;[bless and do not curse] Paul says no such thing!
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2. But rather, Paul describes baptism into Christ as WHEN such
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] things occur
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. We were buried with Him "through baptism into death" -
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Ro 6:4
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. It is in baptism we are buried with Christ into death (His
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] death); we thereby die to sin in baptism
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] c. We were buried with Him, why?[bless and do not curse] "That just as Christ was
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] raised...even so we also should walk in newness of life"[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] - Ro 6:4
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] d. We are baptized in order to rise to walk in newness of life
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] just as Christ did!
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 3. Note also Paul's preface to these remarks: "as many as were[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] baptized into Christ Jesus were..."
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. What blessings he describes pertain only to those who had
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] been baptized!
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. What of those not baptized?[bless and do not curse] The blessings described would
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] not apply!
[In his commentary on Romans, Martin Luther wrote:[bless and do not curse] "Baptism has been instituted that it should lead us to the blessings (of this death) and through such death to eternal life.[bless and do not curse] Therefore IT IS NECESSARY that we should be baptized into Jesus Christ and His death."[bless and do not curse] (Commentary On Romans, Kregel Publications, p.101).
Though believing that we are justified by grace through faith (and he would say "by faith alone"), Luther understood that salvation by faith did not preclude the necessity of baptism![bless and do not curse] Why, we shall see shortly; but let's go on to consider what Paul wrote of baptism...]
II. IN HIS EPISTLE TO THE GALATIANS
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] A. BAPTISM IS HOW WE PUT ON CHRIST...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1. From Ga 3:26-27 we learn that baptism is involved in the
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] process of becoming sons of God by faith in Christ Jesus
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2. The "for" beginning verse 27 begins an explanation as to HOW
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] we become sons of God through faith
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 3. Baptism is therefore the means by which we "put on Christ",
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] and become sons of God!
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] B. NOTE CAREFULLY...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1. Paul wrote:[bless and do not curse] "For as many of you as were baptized into Christ
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] have put on..."
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. "For as many" means no more or no less
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. Only those who have been baptized into Christ have really
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] received Christ into their lives!
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2. Many teach "receive Jesus Christ by saying the sinner's
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] prayer..."
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. But the Bible nowhere teaches that this is how one[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] "receives Christ"
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. Rather, one "puts on" (or receives) Christ when they are
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] baptized into Christ!
[In his commentary on this verse, Luther concluded:[bless and do not curse] "Wherefore baptism is a thing of great force and efficacy." (Commentary On Galatians,[bless and do not curse] Kregel Publications, p.222).[bless and do not curse] How true, if in baptism we "put on[bless and do not curse] Christ"!
How this is possible without being a form of works-salvation becomes clearer as we consider what Paul taught concerning baptism...]
III. IN HIS EPISTLE TO THE COLOSSIANS
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] A. BAPTISM IS A WORK OF GOD...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1. A "spiritual circumcision" in which sins are "cut away"[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] - Co 2:11
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2. A burial with Christ, and also a resurrection with Him[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] - Co 2:12
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 3. Made effective "through faith in the working of God" - Co 2:12
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 4. In which GOD makes us "alive together with Him, having
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] forgiven you all trespasses" - Co 2:13
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] B. NOTE CAREFULLY...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1. Here we learn that baptism is a work of God, not man
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. Just as it was God who raised Jesus, so it is He who makes
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] us alive, having forgiven our sins! - Co 2:13
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. Our part is "faith in the working of God" as we are buried
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] with Christ in baptism - Co 2:12
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2. God is the "Great Physician", who is cutting away our sins
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] (through the blood of Christ)
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. We are simply the patient, who humbly submits in faith to
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[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. He is the One who makes us alive, that we might rise to[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] walk in newness of life
[Again, this is something Martin Luther clearly recognized, when he responded to those who would call this a kind of works-salvation:[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] "Yes, it is true that our works are of no use for salvation.[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Baptism, however, is not our work but God's."[bless and do not curse] (as quoted by[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Jack W. Cottrell in Baptism And The Remission of Sins, College [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Press, 1990, p. 32-34)
Finally, let's consider what Paul taught concerning baptism...]
IV. IN HIS EPISTLE TO TITUS
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] A. BAPTISM IS A "WASHING" AND "REGENERATION"...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1. Is Paul talking about baptism in Ti 3:5?
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. The figure "washing" certainly alludes to the baptismal[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] waters
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. We have already seen where in baptism we are:
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1) Raised to walk in newness of life - Ro 6:4
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2) Made alive by God - Co 2:12-13
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] -- Does this not suggest a "washing of regeneration..."?
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] c. Martin Luther and many others understood this verse to[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] refer to baptism
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2. Thus God saves us in baptism:
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. It is a "washing of regeneration" - a washing in we are[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] reborn
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. It is a "renewing of the Holy Spirit" - a renewal in which
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] the Spirit is at work
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] -- Just as Jesus said:[bless and do not curse] "...unless one is born of water and
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God." - Jn 3:5
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] B. NOTE CAREFULLY...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1. This "washing" and "regeneration" does not occur because we[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] have earned it!
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. Baptism is not a work of righteousness by virtue of which
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] we merit salvation!
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. We are saved by the kindness, love, and mercy of God![bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] - Ti 3:4-5
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2. It is by God's mercy that HE (not we) saves us!
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. Which HE does through the washing of regeneration and[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] renewing of the Holy Spirit!
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. Which HE does when we are baptized into Christ!
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 3. Through such mercy in Christ Jesus, we are truly "justified by
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] His grace" - Ti 3:6-7
CONCLUSION
1. Paul taught that baptism is...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. A burial into the death of Christ
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. How we die to sin as we are crucified with Him
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] c. A resurrection with Christ so we can rise to walk in newness of
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] life
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] d. A putting on Christ, thereby becoming a child of God [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] e. A spiritual circumcision in which sins are cut away [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] f. The working of God, whereby we are buried with Christ, made alive
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] as our sins are forgiven, and then raised with Him
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] g. An act of God's grace and mercy, in which we experience a washing
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] -- If all these things when one is baptized, how can anyone say that
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] it is not necessary?
2. Sadly, many who say it is NOT necessary...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. Misunderstand those who say it is necessary
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1) Thinking that they believe in salvation by works
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2) When they truly believe in salvation by grace through faith! [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. Misunderstand Martin Luther
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1) Whose coined phrased "saved by faith only" they themselves use
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] so often
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2) When he differs with them on the necessity of baptism [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] c. Misunderstand the apostle Paul
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1) Having him say things about the purpose of baptism he does not
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] say
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2) Failing to appreciate what he clearly teaches about baptism [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] -- All this, in their zeal to oppose what they mistakenly view as
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] works-salvation!
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The Necessity of Baptism: Peter

Peter's views on the necessity of Water Baptism:

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[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Baptism In The Teaching Of Peter
INTRODUCTION
1. In our first lesson we saw where Peter included baptism as part of [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] his apostolic preaching...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. He commanded the people at Pentecost to be baptized - Ac 2:36-38 [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. He commanded the household of Cornelius to be baptized - Ac 10:
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 47-48
2. From the accounts in Acts, we saw that for Peter baptism was... [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. For the remission of sins - Ac 2:38
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. An act that involved water - Ac 10:47
3. But one might properly ask:[bless and do not curse] was Peter teaching...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. That baptism was for the forgiveness of sins, and therefore
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] necessary for salvation?
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. That one is saved by baptism in water?
4. Fortunately, we do not have wonder, for in his first epistle Peter [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] wrote...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] "There is also an antitype which now saves us; baptism (not the [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good[bless and do not curse] [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,"
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] (1 Pe 3:21)
[As stated in the KJV, "...baptism doth also NOW save us"![bless and do not curse] But while teaching that baptism saves us, Peter is careful to explain in what[bless and do not curse] way.[bless and do not curse] Let's take a closer look at the text to see what Peter is saying about baptism...]
I. BAPTISM IS AN "ANTITYPE"
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] A. DEFINING "ANTITYPE"...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1. The Greek word is antitupon {an-teet'-oo-pon}, which means "a
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] thing formed after some pattern; that which corresponds to a
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] type"
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2. So you have two things that some how relate or correspond to
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] each other; one is a type, the other is the antitype
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] B. HOW BAPTISM IS AN ANTITYPE...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1. In the text, the waters of the flood are the "type", and the
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] waters of baptism are the "antitype" - 1 Pe 3:20-21
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2. In his commentary, Albert Barnes says...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. "The meaning here is, that baptism corresponded to, or had
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a resemblance to, the water by which Noah was saved; or[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] that there was a use of water in the one case which[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] corresponded in some respects to the water that was used in
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] the other; to wit, in effecting salvation." (Commentary on
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1st Peter)
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. "The apostle does not say that it corresponded in all[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] respects; in respect, e.g., to quantity, or to the manner
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] of the application, or to the efficacy; but there is a[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] sense in which water performs an important part in our[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] salvation, as it did in his." (ibid.)
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 3. Thus Peter was comparing Noah's salvation with our own...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. Remember that Noah was saved by:
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1) Grace - Gen 6:8
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2) Faith - He 11:7
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 3) Water - 1 Pe 3:20
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] -- Grace was God's part, faith was Noah's part; water was
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] simply an element by which God carried out His plan to[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] save Noah
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. So we are saved by:
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1) Grace - Ep 2:5
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2) Faith - Ep 2:8
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 3) Water - 1 Pe 3:21
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] -- Grace is God's part, faith is our part; baptism is[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] simply an element by which God carries out His plan to
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] save us through the blood of Christ
[Because baptism in water is somehow related to our salvation, Peter could speak of it as an antitype that saves us, just as Noah and his family were "saved through water"!
How can this be?[bless and do not curse] Aren't we saved by the blood of Jesus?[bless and do not curse] Of course![bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] The answer can be seen as we continue to note what Peter taught[bless and do not curse] concerning baptism...]
II. BAPTISM SAVES THROUGH THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] A. SALVATION IN BAPTISM IS NOT FOUND IN THE "WATER"...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1. As Peter makes clear when he says "not the removal of the[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] filth of the flesh"
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2. For indeed it is only through the blood of Jesus Christ one[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] can be saved
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. We are justified through His blood - Ro 5:9
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. We have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] sins - Ep 1:7
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 3. To this Peter would definitely agree - 1 Pe 1:18-19
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] B. SALVATION IN BAPTISM IS POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF THE RESURRECTION OF
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] CHRIST...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1. If He had not been raised, we would still be in our sins
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. As Paul declares in 1 Co 15:17
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. Without His resurrection, His death would have been[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] meaningless
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2. But because Jesus was raised from the dead...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. Those baptized into His death can rise to walk in newness[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] of life - Ro 6:4
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. Those united together in the likeness of His death (i.e.,
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] baptism) can share in the power of His resurrection[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] - Ro 6:5
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 3. In other words, the same power of God that raised Jesus from
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] the dead is what saves us in baptism so we can be "made alive"
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] - cf. Co 2:12-13
[By God's saving grace and resurrecting power, then, baptism can indeed save us![bless and do not curse] Not because of any cleansing power in the water, but because of what GOD is doing at that moment through the blood of Jesus and the regeneration of the Holy Spirit (cf. Ti 3:4-5).
But notice finally, how Peter teaches that baptism saves because...]
III. BAPTISM IS AN APPEAL FOR A GOOD CONSCIENCE
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] A. "THE ANSWER OF A GOOD CONSCIENCE" (NKJV)
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1. A difficult phrase, but it most likely means "an appeal to God
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] for a clear conscience"
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2. This is supported by the following translations:
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. "the craving for a conscience right with God" (Goodspeed)
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. "the prayer for a clean conscience before God" (Moffat)
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] c. "the request unto God for a good conscience" (Rotherham)
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] d. "an appeal to God for a clear conscience" (RSV)
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] e. "an appeal to God for a good conscience" (NASV)
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] -- Thus one is baptized because they desire a clear conscience
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] (i.e., to have their sins forgiven)
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] B. THIS COINCIDES WITH THE EVIDENT PURPOSE OF BAPTISM...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1. In apostolic preaching, baptized was commanded:
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. "For the remission of sins" - Ac 2:38
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. To have one's sins "washed away" - cf. Ac 22:16
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2. In N.T. times people who realized they were sinners were[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] anxious to be baptized as soon as possible - cf. Ac 8:35-38
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 3. Therefore one is baptized...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. To have a good conscience before God; indeed, to have their
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] conscience "purged" by the blood of Christ - cf. He 9:14
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. To have their sins washed away by blood of Jesus and so
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] they can rise to a new life through the same power of God
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] that raised Jesus from the dead!
CONCLUSION
1. Does baptism save us?
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. Many say "Baptism does NOT save us!"
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. But Peter clearly taught "...baptism doth also NOW save us" (KJV)
2. How does baptism save us?[bless and do not curse] According to Peter...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ!
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. As an appeal for a good conscience!
3. This helps us to understand...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. Why he commanded it for the remission of sins - Ac 2:38 [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. Why he commanded it even for those who had in some sense received
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] the Spirit - Ac 10:47-48
Yes, through the power of God that raised Jesus from the dead, working in conjunction with our faith in the blood of Jesus, baptism does[bless and do not curse] indeed save those who are making an appeal for a clear conscience!
Is baptism essential to salvation?[bless and do not curse] Let the preaching and teaching of Christ's apostles provide the answer![bless and do not curse] I believe that when we do, we can see why one should takes Jesus' own words with no equivocation:
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] not believe will be condemned." - Mk 16:16
It is my prayer that if you have not yet properly responded to the Word of the Lord, you will heed the same words given to Paul:
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] "And now why are you waiting?[bless and do not curse] Arise and be baptized, and wash [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord." - Ac 22:16
Have you made an appeal to God for a good conscience by being baptized into Christ?
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[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Baptism In The Preaching Of The Apostles
INTRODUCTION
1. Shortly before He ascended into heaven, Jesus gave His apostles The [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Great Commission:
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] the end of the age." Amen. (Mt 28:18-20)
2. In the gospel of Mark, The Great Commission is worded in this way:
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] to every creature.[bless and do not curse] He who believes and is baptized will be saved; [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] but he who does not believe will be condemned."[bless and do not curse] (Mk 16:15-16)
3. In both places we notice the mention of baptism...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. In Matthew, it is related to the process of making disciples [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. In Mark, it is mentioned in connection with salvation [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] -- Whatever the purpose of baptism, it must be important to Jesus,
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] for He commanded it!
4. But one might ask...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. What is baptism?
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1) Is it pouring, sprinkling, or immersion?
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2) Is one baptized in water, or in the Spirit?
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. What is the purpose of baptism?
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1) Is it for the remission of sins, or because our sins have[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] already been forgiven?
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2) Is it to be saved, or a public confession of faith having[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] already been saved?
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] c. Who should be baptized?
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1) Should infants be baptized?
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2) Should just anyone be baptized?
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] d. Is there ever a need to be "re-baptized"?
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1) What if I was baptized as an infant?
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2) What if I was baptized for the wrong reason?
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 3) What if I have sinned greatly after being baptized? [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] -- These and many other questions are often asked when the subject
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] of baptism is raised
5. This series is devoted to answering these and other questions[bless and do not curse] [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] related to baptism...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. Since it was commanded by Christ, it is certainly worthy of[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] careful consideration
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. It is my intention to glean from the Bible what is actually
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] taught on this subject
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] c. It is my prayer that you will have the attitude of those in Berea
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] - cf. Ac 17:11
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1) To receive the word with all readiness (i.e., listen carefully
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] with a desire to at least understand, if at first you do not
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] agree)
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2) To search the Scriptures (i.e., to read the Bible carefully to
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] see if what I am saying is true)
[In this lesson, we will simply consider how the apostles carried out The Commission Jesus gave them; i.e., to see what they said about[bless and do not curse] baptism in their preaching.[bless and do not curse] We begin with...]
I. BAPTISM IN THE PREACHING OF PETER
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] A. ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1. In the first gospel sermon, Peter commanded people to be[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] baptized "for the remission of sins" - Ac 2:38
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2. Upon exhorting his audience to be saved, the response was for
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] many to be baptized - Ac 2:41-41
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 3. Does "for" mean "in order to" or "because of"?
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. Note: We find the same grammatical construction in Mt 26:28
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1) Where Jesus said His blood would be shed for many "for
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] the remission sins"
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2) Clearly Jesus meant "in order to" provide remission of
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] sins, and not "because" remission of sins had already
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] occurred
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 3) With rare exception, the Greek word (eis) means "into,
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] to, unto, for, toward"
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. Note also: "be baptized" is joined by the conjunction "and"
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] to the command "repent" - Ac 2:38
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1) Both are commanded "for the remission of sins"
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2) Just as people were commanded to repent "for" (in order
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] to) the remission of sins...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 3) ...so they were commanded to be baptized "for" (in order
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] to) the remission of sins
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] B. AT THE HOUSE OF CORNELIUS...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1. In the first gospel sermon to the Gentiles, Peter followed up
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] by commanding his audience to be baptized - cf. Ac 10:44-48
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2. It is evident that what Peter commanded involved a baptism in
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] water - Ac 10:47-48
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 3. A future study will examine whether the people were saved when
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] the Spirit fell upon them, or when they were baptized as[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] commanded by Peter
[At the very least, we can say that Peter's preaching was in harmony with the statements of Jesus in the Great Commission:[bless and do not curse] Preach the[bless and do not curse] gospel, command people to be baptized.[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse]
So far the indication appears that it was a baptism in water, and done for the remission of sins.[bless and do not curse] Let's consider now one who was not actually an apostle, but certainly filled with the Spirit...]
II. BAPTISM IN THE PREACHING OF PHILIP
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] A. TO THE SAMARITANS...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1. Though not an apostle, Philip went to Samaria and "preached
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Christ" - Ac 8:5
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2. The response to such preaching:[bless and do not curse] "...when they believed Philip
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized."
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] - Ac 8:12
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] B. TO THE ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1. To this very religious man, Philip "preached Jesus" - Ac 8:35
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2. Though we are not told the content of Philip's sermon, from[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] the eunuch's question we can deduce that it included baptism[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] - Ac 8:36-38
[Like Peter, Philip "preached Jesus" not only by telling people about Jesus, but also what Jesus commanded.[bless and do not curse] Baptism was an immediate result of such preaching.[bless and do not curse] Is this surprising in light of Jesus' statements in Mt 28:19 and Mk 16:15-16?[bless and do not curse] Let's now consider...]
III. BAPTISM IN THE PREACHING OF PAUL
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] A. IN THE CONVERSION OF LYDIA...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1. We note that again baptism followed apostolic preaching[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] - Ac 16:13-15
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2. As evidence that she "gave heed" to the things spoken by Paul,
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] she and her household were baptized!
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 3. Notice also her comment in Ac 16:15
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. How could Paul have judged her to be faithful to the Lord?
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. By her response to the command of the Lord concerning[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] baptism!
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] B. IN THE CONVERSION OF THE PHILIPPIAN JAILOR...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1. Paul tells the jailor that he must believe on the Lord to be
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] saved - Ac 16:30-31
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2. Paul went on to speak concerning the Word of the Lord to him
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] and his family - Ac 16:32
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 3. In response, they were immediately baptized! - Ac 16:33-34
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1) Evidently the word of the Lord stressed the need to be[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] baptized quickly
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2) In fact, in EVERY detailed example of conversion found in
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] the Book of Acts, people were baptized after only one[bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] lesson! (see chart below)
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] C. IN THE CONVERSION OF PAUL HIMSELF...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1. Paul recounts his own conversion to the Lord - Ac 22:10-16
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. He describes how he was told to go to Damascus, for there
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] he would be told "all things appointed for you to do"
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] ("what you must do" - cf. Ac 9:6)
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. One of the things he was told was to be baptized without
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] delay - Ac 22:16
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2. He was told to baptized in order to "wash away your sins"
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. NOTE WELL: Despite seeing the Lord on the road to Damascus,
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] having spent three days fasting and praying (Ac 9:9-11), he
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] was STILL IN HIS SINS!
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 1) Seeing the Lord had not saved him
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 2) Accepting Jesus as Lord (cf. Ac 22:10) had not saved him
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 3) Praying and fasting for three days had not saved him
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. Not until he was baptized were his sins "washed away"![bless and do not curse]
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] (exactly how we will examine later)
CONCLUSION
1. That baptism played a prominent role in apostolic preaching becomes [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] evident when we compare what is revealed in the examples of[bless and do not curse] [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] conversion...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Mt 28:18-20[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] EXAMPLES OF CONVERSION[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Mk 16:15-16
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] BELIEVED[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] REPENTED[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] CONFESSED[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] BAPTIZED
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] PENTECOST[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Repented[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Baptized
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Ac 2:14-41[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 37-38[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 38-41
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] SAMARIA[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Believed[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Baptized
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Ac 8:5-13[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 12[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 12,13
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] ETHIOPIAN[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Believed[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Confessed[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Baptized
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Ac 8:35-39[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 36-37[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 37[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 38
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] SAUL[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Baptized
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Ac 9,22,26[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 22:16
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] CORNELIUS[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Believed[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Baptized
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Ac 10:34-38[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 43[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 48
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] LYDIA[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Heeded[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Baptized
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Ac 16:13-15[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 14[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 15
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] JAILOR[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Believed[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Baptized
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] Ac 16:30-34[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 31[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] 33
2. In every case of conversion described in detail in the book of Acts, [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] baptism is mentioned...
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] a. Clearly it is was an important theme of apostolic preaching [bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] b. G. R. Beasley-Murray, a Baptist scholar, has observed:
[bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse][bless and do not curse] "Baptism is...a part of the proclamation of Christ. In an
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I got this from http://www.biblepath.com/salvation12.html
The word baptism is derived from the Greek word "baptizo" which means to immerse or submerge. Christian baptism symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ Jesus. In Christian baptism, the one being baptized is testifying that they were in Christ Jesus on the cross of Calvary when sin was judged (2 Corinthians 5:21), that they died with Jesus, were buried with Him, and arose to a new life in Him (Romans 6:3-4).

In the New Testament, Christian baptism is for Believers and represents their new life in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17). It follows one's repentance towards God and faith in Jesus (Acts 2:38; 8:35-38). For one to be baptized in water apart from personal commitment to Christ Jesus is to no avail. If water baptism were a requirement for salvation, none who died prior to Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection would have been saved. Christian baptism is not required for salvation, but, rather, is a testimony of what has taken place in the life of the one being baptized, it's an act of obedience (Matthew 28:19), and is the first step towards discipleship.

A pretty good explanation I think...
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Wow homebild, this teaching by Mark Copeland is a mess ! Talk about taking things out of context ! Then adding his own remarks when and whereever he desires !

Where does it say we are suppose to be baptized in water ? Copeland never answered this question !

Yes, baptism saves, but which baptism ?

Being "baptized" into Christ's death - Romans 6:1 - 10

Are not we cleansed from sin by the death and shedding of his blood ? > Romans 6:10 & 11. So then there is no need for water , which was John's baptism ?

In Mark Copeland's teaching he states > "[Because baptism in water is somehow related to our salvation, Peter could speak of it as an antitype that saves us, just as Noah and his family were "saved through water"!

What a lie !

Noah and his family were saved "by" water, and that is only a figure of speech ! God saved Noah and his family because of the Faith of Noah, and Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. God told Noah how to build the Ark, because God was going to kill everything living creature upon the face of the earth.

Water baptism does "Not" save ! Water baptism was for the "remission" of sins, not the "forgiveness" of sins. Being baptized into Christ's death and receiving the baptism of holy spirit upon you, is how you receive the "forgiveness" of sins, which "this" baptism does save.

I Peter 3:21 tells us that "baptism" < and we are dealing with the death and resurrection here, also now saves us, buy the resurrection of Jesus Christ"

Mark Copeland did not make reference to the fact that the baptism that Peter was speaking about was "not" water baptism, but what it says in Romans chapter 6 - that we were baptize into the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. To know this, all one would have to do is read the next couple of verses in I Peter 3. Context reveals ! After reading I Peter 3:20 & 21 - keep reading until you're finished reading verse 22.

Love IN Christ - Hervey
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Here is an example of the "untruths" ( lies ) within Mark Copeland's teaching .

Mark said > 2. He was told to baptized in order to "wash away your sins"
a. NOTE WELL: Despite seeing the Lord on the road to Damascus,
having spent three days fasting and praying (Ac 9:9-11), he
was STILL IN HIS SINS!
1) Seeing the Lord had not saved him
2) Accepting Jesus as Lord (cf. Ac 22:10) had not saved him
3) Praying and fasting for three days had not saved him
b. Not until he was baptized were his sins "washed away"!
(exactly how we will examine later)


#2 - Acts 22:10 does not even show or say anything about "Accepting Jesus as Lord" ! So why did Mark Copeland make such a claim ? ?

Notice, look at 3) b -- notice anything wrong here ? Oh - you saw it - thats right - "No scripture reference" ! That is because Paul was "not" water baptized !

But he was baptized into the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, as are all Christians.

This part of his teaching is implying that one "needs" to be baptized by water , in order to be saved. Just another untruth (lie).

These types of teachings , such as Mark Copelands teaching on baptism. Is nothing more than a teaching from a false teacher !

"Water cleansing" (baptism) was a part of the law ! To "do" the law, one will fall from grace, and Christ will be no affect unto you - Galatians chapter 5.

Love IN Christ - HErvey
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