Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ
Written by arkwriter   
Saturday, 13 June 2009 23:41



1.    Believe  in  the  Lord  Jesus  Christ


Some teach water baptism has nothing to do with salvation.  They say that it is the faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that saves and not the water baptism.  In a way this is true, but that is not the whole truth.  In His Great Commission the Lord said: “He who believes and in baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” (Mk. 16:16)   Read the sequence of the Lord’s words again.  First, the person must believe and second, he or she must be baptized, then third, salvation is the result. 

Some argue that water baptism does not effect salvation because the robber on the cross was not baptized and yet the Lord promised him a place in Paradise.  Let us consider some truths regarding the robber on the cross.  First, he believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, and second, he repented of his sins (Lk. 23:39-43).  This gives him the qualification to receive baptism but, under the extreme and unique circumstance, he was unable to do so.        

Here are some truths concerning water baptism that needs consideration.  The Bible tells us that Christians who are “baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death.” (Rom. 6:3)  Baptism is to be “crucified with Him” and “died with Him” (Rom. 6:6-8).  The robber could not be physically baptized in the water, but in the spiritual and symbolic sense, he was baptized because he believed, repented of his sins, and was crucified with the Lord Jesus Christ.  Throughout the history of mankind there is only one time that a person can be physically crucified beside the Savior.  This situation cannot be repeated.  Since no one else can have the same privilege as the robber on the cross, we are thankful that God has provided us a way to die and be crucified with our Savior.  God’s way is to be baptized into the Lord Jesus Christ.           


In Acts of the Apostles we can find many instances that show very clearly that those who believed in Lord Jesus Christ were baptized as soon as possible.  On the Day of Pentecost Peter testified to the Lord Jesus as Christ, “and with many other words he testified and exhorted them saying,  Be saved from this perverse generation.’  Then those who gladly received his word were baptized, and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.” (Acts 2:40-41)  Peter urged the people to “be saved”, and they “received his word and were baptized.”  In Samaria the same thing happened.  “But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.” (Acts 8:12)  It was the same situation with Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch.  “Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.  Now as they went down the road, they came to some water.  What hinders me from being baptized?  Then Philip  said, ‘If you believe with all your heart, you may.’  And he answered and said, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’  So he commanded the chariot to stand still.  And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.” (Acts. 8:35-38)            


The Bible also mentions the baptism of households.   In Philippi the Lord opened the heart of Lydia to receive the truth, then she and her household were baptized. (Acts 16:14-15).  The Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?  So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.’  Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.  And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes.  And immediately he and all his family were baptized.” (Acts 16:30-33)  “Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized.” (Acts 18:8).       


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