By Randy Cavender
When one reads the New Testament, one will discover baptism plays an important role in salvation! Many people will deny baptism has anything to do with one's salvation. They, do not understand the teaching of the scriptures concerning baptism. Many do not put enough emphasis on baptism, while others place emphasise it too much.(Yes, this is possible). An example of this is when we think that baptism is all that is necessary to secure salvation. I believe we, who are members of the Lord's church, have forgotten that baptism is the beginning of salvation. It is the end of the life of sin and the beginning of a new life in Christ. Please notice what Paul writes to the Romans in the sixth chapter of his epistle:
"Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." (Romans 6:3-5)
One should understand if we are to be saved, then we must continue to live for God after we have been baptised into Christ (John 8:31).
But there are many more who do not believe baptism is essential to one's salvation. In fact, some will affirm that it has nothing whatsoever to do with being saved. If you believe baptism is just a "church of Christ ordinance", you need to have that thought corrected. Baptism, as taught in the Bible, stands between the sinner and salvation. Notice what the Bible says,
"He who believes and is baptised shall be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned." (Mark 16:16)
"Then Peter said to them, 'Repent, and let every one of you be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38)
"There is also an anti-type which now saves us, namely baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,..." (1 Peter 3:21).
When one studies the book of Acts he will notice in every case of conversion that baptism took place. Why? It was what the Lord commanded the believer to do in order to be saved (Mark 16:16).
Yes, baptism is important! If one overlooks its purpose in the New Testament, it will cause one to be lost. For, you see, when one is baptised, he/she is baptised into Christ's death, where the blood of Christ was shed for the remission of sins (Matthew 26:28; John 19:34; Acts 2:38). It washes away sins. It is calling on the name of the Lord (Acts 22:16).
Sinner friend, do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Will you repent of your sins? If so, why not be baptised into Christ and have your sins washed away?