By Rob Albright
The subject of baptism is often misunderstood. We know it is an important subject because Peter tells us baptism saves (1 Peter 3:21). It is not the water that saves, but it is our obedient faith in God’s power that brings the result of salvation (forgiveness of sins). Despite the false theology of today, the Bible teaches us that baptism is essential for one to be saved.
Yes, we must recognize our sinful condition – die to it – and begin the new life in Christ. Paul explains how this new life comes about in Romans 6:3-5. Baptism is at the beginning of our commitment to Christ. What follows after baptism is spiritual growth and development, but salvation comes after one is baptized – not before.
Baptism is the place God goes to work and remits sin. In baptism we are cleansed of our sin (Colossians 2:12-13; Acts 22:16) and brought into a spiritual union with Jesus (Rom. 3:5). Think about it: Salvation (2 Tim. 2:10); No condemnation (Rom. 8:1); All spiritual blessings (Eph. 1:3) - All found after one is baptized into Christ.
Do we believe God has the power to do what He says? (Mark 16:16).
- Rob Albright serves as one of the ministers at the Northwest Church of Christ in Greensboro, NC. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.nwchurchofchrist.com/ Rob also serves on the board of directors of the Carolina Messenger. Please visit their website at: https://carolinamessenger.wordpress.com/