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“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?  Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized 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. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,” (Romans 6:1-5 NKJV).

            Some refuse to believe the Bible in regards to the subject of baptism. They teach that “Baptism is not a part of God’s plan for saving man”.  In the letter to the brethren in Rome Paul wrote that baptism is the route one must take in order to be united with Christ (Romans 6:5).  When one dies to sin, repents, and is buried into the death of Christ he is born to walk in righteousness as a child of God (Romans 6:3-4).  Those who live in sin have no part with God (Romans 3:21; Isaiah 59:1-2).  It is only through obedience to the will of God that a relationship with God can be renewed (Matthew 7:21-23; I Corinthians 12:13).

            If baptism is not important to salvation why did the Holy Spirit take time to instruct the apostles on the subject?  Peter, by inspiration, wrote, “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:” (I Peter 3:21 KJV).  Other translations state:  “Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you,” (ESV; RSV).  “There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism” (NKJV).  “and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also” (NIV).  Surely the Holy Spirit knew what He was saying in directing the apostles. Jesus, Himself, told Nicodemus that he would have to be born again in order to enter the kingdom of God (John 3:1-10).

            Jesus instructed the eleven stating, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).  In any language the conjunction “and” makes belief and baptism equally important in the plan for man’s salvation.  One who is an unbeliever would not be baptized for the remission of sin and one who is a true believer would not question God’s authority in this matter (Matthew 28:18-20).

            The Inspired Word clearly teaches that baptism: Takes one into the death of Christ and that upon arising from baptism he is made a new creation and is added to the Lord’s church (Romans 6:1-14; II Corinthians 5:11-21; Acts 2:47). Brings one into the body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:13; II Corinthians 5:17).  Remits sin through the blood of Christ (Acts 2:38).  Puts one into a relationship with God and Christ (Ephesians 2:11-20; Mark 16:15-16).  The only hope for the salvation of mankind is through Jesus and His gospel (Romans 1:16-18; John 14:6; Ephesians 1:3).  The only way to get into Christ is through putting Him on in baptism.  Paul wrote, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:26-27).

            “Do You Not Know” that God is still in control. Jesus stated that only the “Doers” of the will of God will enter into heaven, (Matthew 7:21-23).  James wrote, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed” (James 1:22-25).

            “Do You Not Know” that sin cannot enter heaven (Galatians 5:19-21).  Jesus paid the price required to set one free from sin and death (I Corinthians 6:20).  Let us truly glory in the cross of Christ (Galatians 6:14).  Paul told the brethren that it is necessary to obey God’s word in order to receive His eternal blessings (Romans 1:16-17).  He told the brethren at Galatia “And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God” (Galatians 6:16). John wrote “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life” (Revelation 21:27).

            “Do You Not Know” that heaven is prepared for a people who are prepared (John 14:1-3).  “Are you ready for the judgment day?”

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