ESV - 38 And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
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I shudder to see people spend such great energies trying to wrest Scripture. Yes, without obeying Scripture, there's no salvation. The bible clearly and directly teaches that without baptism, and the general obedience that follows hearing the Word, there is no salvation. Mark 16:16, "He that believeth AND is baptized shall be saved;" Acts 2:38, "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, AND be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" Eph 4:4-6, "There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." Mat 3:15, "And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him." If Jesus could travel about 40km to get to John for baptism, so that He could leave us an example, I dread to see people dice with death like this. People fight just about every directive in the bible, yet they still want to claim its promises. There is the case of the thief on the cross - he was saved because of two principles at work. One, he had no time to be baptised, but you and I have. Two, God is Sovereign, He's not answerable to man or to any being, animate or inanimate. And He exercised that Sovereignty in the case of the thief. He has also commanded that we baptise all who believe - that's the bible's teaching. Matt 28:18-19 There's no single case in the bible where anyone accepted the teaching of the apostles, then went without being baptised as a saved person. None whatsoever. EVERYONE who believed was baptised - by full immersion in water. A. Acts 8:38, "And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him." B. Acts 10:46-48, "For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, 47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord." C. Acts 2:41, "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized:" D. Acts 8:12, "But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women." E. Acts 9:18, "And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized." (Paul himself was baptised, after Jesus was resurrected). I could go on and on. Yet there's no single incident where anyone was accepted into the faith any other way other than through baptism. In the final analysis, we have the power to choose God's way or ours. And the consequences follow our choices. For those who will enter unto the Kingdom, please follow the example of Jesus. It costs you nothing. And obey the Word. Bless.
The key thing to note is the question that Peter was answering. The people had asked him what they Should do, Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38 NKJV) But when they jailer asked what Must I do to be saved, Paul and Silas answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:31 NKJV) The Book of Acts in these examples says you should be baptized, but believing on the name of The Lord Jesus is all you must do to be saved. Jesus backs this up when asked what one must do to work the works of God saying, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” (John 6:29 NKJV)
It is my viewpoint and belief we are saved by Faith alone as the WORD of God states... and that all the "works"... baptism, charity, loving your neighbor, etc. That are being claimed and stated as "necessary" for salvation are SIMPLY and ONLY the outward signs of the inward change when one is TRULY BORN AGAIN! When one truly begins a relationship with The Lord, these "works" are not work or performed out of requirement (law), they are willing and joyous acts of Love and Adoration for the one we love! We have been freed from the legalism of works necessary for Salvation by Jesus suffering, death, and resurrection. One must personally consider that NO outward signs of, ("works" or "fruit of the Spirit") choosing to be baptized; serving others and the Church; remaining in the Word; proclaiming Christ and His salvation; etc., etc. May SIMPLY be evidence that there was ACTUALLY no true conviction of sin, repentance, acceptance of salvation, and no real faith in Christ either... therefore there may not have been Spiritual re-birth in the first place. (See the parable of the sower and the seed.) However, we are not to judge who is saved, and claim by what proof and "works" they are saved by, that is for God alone as only HE knows the conviction of our hearts. One too must always remember... like all newly born babies, all learn in Christ at different speeds with different degrees of growth, ability, knowledge, and wisdom. We are not all Abraham, Moses, Peter, Paul, etc. Nor are we necessarily called to that level of Service and Leadership. As such, we will not all have the same "fruit" but we are still "all" called for His Purpose and Glory as part of His Body... as He provides! Finally, on a personal note, as a child I was raised in a religion and family that had many requirements and rules for everything... and I was taught to obey out of guilt and fear of mortal and eternal punishment. I knew how to follow "rules" but I never felt or believe I was loved, wanted, accepted, cared for, or worth anything, nor did I learn to trust or what TRUE LOVE even looked like... until through the Grace of God, I was Born Again. That began my many years of healing; re-learning the truth; accepting God's love; and understanding, much less believing, how much He loves and cares for me. Being able to show the "works" listed above as necessary for salvation were not immediate... some of those took years to even know what doing them looked like, yet I knew I was saved! What I am saying is life IN Christ is a journey, a deep and meaningful learning experience that grows with our walk with Him. We are saved by our faith and then willingly turning our lives to follow Him. In our journey we learn, grow, fall, get up, and mature in His Ways and as we do, we desire more deeply to do as He asks SIMPLY out of LOVE... NOT out of guilt, requirement, or command. Everyone can obey under the right force... but forced obedience is not LOVE or RELATIONSHIP, and isn't that what God really wants to share with us?
This is simple to understand. If you receive Jesus as your savior and you are capable of going through baptism than go for it. If you receive the lord Jesus Christ as your savior and there's no way you can be submerge underwater or you are in your last breath of air in this earth, do not worry cause you receive the lord you will be saved. It's by his grace and the blood he shed on the cross for you that you are saved. God is good and great. Be blessed
Acts 2:38 says that one must be baptised "for the forgiveness of sins" whereas Matthew 26:28 says that Jesus shed his blood "for the forgiveness of sins". We understand that Jesus made a sacrifice by which forgiveness of sins is merited on our behalf. Since that has been accomplished, we understand that baptism is "for the forgiveness of sins" in a different sense. The perfect and all-sufficient sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross of Calvary is the only "work" by which we can merit salvation. Salvation is a gift. It is not something that we can earn or merit by anything that we do (Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-10). This does not mean, however, that we are saved by doing nothing, because we are told to do certain things, and we would therefore sin by refusing or neglecting to do those things. If doing nothing is a sin, you cannot be saved by doing nothing. What are we told to do? In Paul's letter to the Romans we find six things, we must do to be saved, one of which is baptism: 1. Hearing Christ's word (Romans 10:8-17, Matthew 7:24). 2. Believing —having faith (Romans 1:16-17, John 3:16) 3. Repentance from sin (Romans 2:4-5, 6:1-2, Luke 5:31-32) 4. Confessing Christ (Romans 10:8-10, Matthew 10:32) 5. Being baptized (Romans 6:3-4, Mark 16:15-16) 6. Ongoing commitment (Romans 12:1-2, 12:11-12, Luke 9:62) None of these can be regarded as a work of merit or a work by which God owes us salvation. Rather, these are all acts of obedience that we owe to God. The commands to believe and repent, for example, are things which the Holy Spirit encourages us to do, even commands us to do. So we need to do them. But when we have done them, God owes us nothing. The same applies to the other commands, including baptism. Jesus said, "When you do everything commanded you, say, 'We are unworthy slaves who have done only what was our duty'" (Luke 17:10). On this basis, we see faith and repentance as necessary to salvation. Then why should we not see confession and baptism as necessary too? For more information on baptism see simplybible.com/dthreadBaptism.htm
I think this might have a really simple answer from the lips of Jesus: "Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God." John 3:18 Although the words of Jesus should be sufficient, Luke in Acts 16:31, and Paul in Romans 10:9 stated that 'believing' was the criteria for salvation and did not include being baptized in water. Therefore, one might conclude that passages that connect both believing and being baptized to salvation cannot mean water baptism is absolutely necessary for salvation. The interpretive principle at stake is using that which is clear inform our interpretation of what is less clear. Although I have studied this question at great length and find the arguments for 'believing' only quite compelling, the issue for me comes down to what I stated above.
I always approach any question of scripture with the knowledge scripture is without error or contradiction. If I come to a passage I interpret in such a way as to introduce contradiction - I know the issue is not with the scripture, but with my understand of the passage I'm reading. Such is the case with Acts 2:38. Some think this is an "order of operations" to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit - repent and then be baptized - but scripture tells us this is not the case. Beginning in Acts 10:44, we read of Cornelius and his band CLEARLY receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit PRIOR to being baptized. They received the gift of the Holy Spirit prior to baptism, meaning Acts 2:38 cannot mean what, on the surface, it appears to mean. It is up to us to study and determine the real meaning. Peter states in Acts 10:34 God is no respecter of persons. James tell us in James 1:17 God has no variation or shadow of turning. When Christ on the cross tells the thief "Today, you will be with me in paradise", can this mean anything other than the thief received salvation? In this example, the thief received salvation without baptism. In the story of Cornelius, he and his band received the gift of the Holy Spirit without baptism. Since God is no respecter of persons, these passages apply to all of us. It with absolute certainty cannot be stated the thief was an exception to the necessity of baptism. God does not make exceptions. If the contention is God does make exceptions, please share the passages of Scripture supporting this opinion. Otherwise, I'll depend upon the numerous passages concerning God's immutability to guarantee me what applies to the thief on the cross applies to everyone. I'll depend up on the passage related to Cornelius receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit prior to baptism and of John the Baptist and Zechariah and Elizabeth all being filled with the Holy Spirit prior to baptism (Luke 1:15, Luke 1:41, Luke 1:67) to allow me to understand Acts 2:38 does not mean baptism is a necessity for entrance of the Holy Spirit. God has no variation. God is immutable. The Bible is without error. For baptism to be necessary for salvation, which of the three previous statements must be false? More importantly, if any of the statements IS false; if God does waver or change or if the Bible does have errors - why do we care about the necessity of baptism? A God not absolute or immutable in nature is a God with error or one which makes mistakes. A Bible with errors or contradictions cannot be the result of inspiration by a perfect and immutable God without error. An imperfect God or a Bible with errors or contradictions each equate to all possibilities being on the table because there are no absolutes. Further, we need to make sure we're answering the question in regards to salvation. Is baptism necessary for salvation? One can see, if attempts are made to not interject contradiction into scripture, the answer to this is no. Does that mean baptism can simply be avoided? What of church contributions? What of the Lord Supper? What of taking care of widows and orphans? Are any of these things necessary for salvation? Of course, the answer is no. But can they be avoided by a Christian with the numerous examples of them being acts of believers in Scripture? Can baptism, while not a necessity for salvation, be avoided by a Christian with the numerous examples of it being an act of believers in Scripture?
Acts 2:38 is one of several verses which indeed teach that baptism is an essential part of salvation. Whenever one looks at a verse or passage, proper context must be considered. In the case of this verse, Peter was answering the question of those observing the outpouring of the Holy Spirit; "What shall we do?". (Acts 2:37) The words "for remission of sins" used by Peter, contrary to what is preached by some, do not mean "because of remission of sin". To fully understand this verse, in it's context a comparison to other similar verses should also be made. Writing in 1 Peter 3:21 uses the analogy of Noah and the ark stating,"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." Also when considering then need for baptism look to Jesus' command in Mark 16:16, "He who believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." In the original Greek of the New Testament, the words translated believe and confess are verbs indicating action to be taken. So one that believes in taking action upon their faith (which is a noun). Paul, when recounting his own conversion in Jerusalem before the counsel, first states that the risen Lord Jesus commands him,"Arise and go into Damascus and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do". (Acts 22:10) When Ananias lays hands upon Paul and has his sight restored, Paul then relates that he is told,"And now why tarriest thou? Arise and be baptized calling upon the Name of the Lord." (Acts 22:16) When Philip meets the Ethiopian eunuch, after explaining the gospel, the eunuch states,"See, here is water, what doth hinder me to be baptized?" (Acts 8:36) This was after Philip had explained the Scripture and preached Jesus unto him. When Peter preaches the gospel unto Cornelius and his household, the Holy Spirit was poured and upon them Peter responds,"Can any man forbid water that these should not be baptized which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the Name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days." (Acts 10:47-48) Paul in writing to the church in Rome teaches, "Know ye not that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death; that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection. (Rom 6:3-5) Lastly, consider the command of Jesus as recorded in Matthew 28:19-20: "Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and lo I am with you always even unto the end of the world." The teaching of man that baptism is not a part of the salvation process is relatively new having begun approximately 150 years ago. To put baptism into perspective, the church is the bride of Christ. If you ask a woman to be your bride are you married without the ceremony? No. In like manner, a person with no obedience to Jesus' commands cannot expect to be part of His church. (Jn 14:15; Mt 7:24-27)
Of course it does! Everything in the Bible that a believer is commanded to do to be saved must be done. Can one not love his neighbor and be saved? Can one not pray for his enemies and be saved? Can one ignore the widows and the orphans and be saved? Can on not repent and be saved? Can one not convert, confess the name of the Lord and be saved? Belief in Christ is the first step in a walk with God. If one stops there he is worse than the one who never began a walk with God. 1 Tim 5:8
Jesus dying on the cross was performed to reconcile humanity back to God because of Adam and Eve sin in the garden, however salvation is to allow a believer to repent and confess only to be saved from sin, (that alone does not qualify you for heaven) it is only the initial step of being born again, to qualify to go to heaven you must be born again of the water and the spirit to make it into the kingdom According to John 3:5 Jesus himself made this statement John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Acts 2:38 does teach that baptism (but not baptism alone) is necessary for salvation: Acts 2:38 38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. NKJV Some contend that the Greek word "eis" translated "for (unto, in order for)" can also mean "because of" the remission of sins. Why then do none of the translations translate "eis" as meaning "because of" in this verse? We have a parallel passage in Matt.26:28 where the word "eis" is used. 28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." Jesus did not shed His blood "because of" our sins being forgiven, but for (unto, in order for) the remission of our sins. Everyone agrees that it is the blood of Jesus that saves us from our sins. Question: When does the repentant sinner come in contact with Jesus' saving blood? In water baptism: Acts 22:6-16 - Saul of Tarsus had his sins "washed away" 3 days (Acts 9:9)after he believed in Jesus. 1 Cor. 6:9-11 - The unrighteous Corinthians "were washed." Eph.5:25-26 - Christ's church is cleansed by "the washing of water with the word." Titus 3:5 - we are saved by "the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit." Heb.10:22 - "our bodies washed with pure water" 1 Pet. 3:21 - Water baptism is not taking a bath to become physically clean, but to become spiritually clean, having a good conscience by our obedience to God's plan of salvation. 1 Cor.15:1-4; Rom.6:1-6, 17-18 Rev.1:5 - Jesus "loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood" Some say that the Gentiles in Cornelius' house were saved by faith alone because they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit after they believed and before they were baptized in water. But what does scripture say? Acts 11:15 - The Holy Spirit fell on them as Peter "began to speak", before they had heard the gospel and became believers: Why did this happen? Acts 11:16-18 - So that Jewish Christians would understand that the gospel was for Gentiles as well as Jews. The Gentiles were then commanded to be baptized. Acts 10:47-48 Some say that baptism is a work and that we are not saved by works. Baptism is no more a work than faith, repentance, and confession are works. Acts 2:38-41; 18:8. Each one of these steps is necessary to be saved. It is not possible to earn our salvation (Eph.2:8-10), but obedience to the gospel is necessary to be saved. Acts 6:7; Rom.6:17-18; 2 Thess.1:5-8. In Acts 8, Phillip was sent to teach the Ethiopian eunuch the gospel. Acts 8:35-38 - 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. 36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, "See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?" 37 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." 38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him." When Phillip preached Jesus, the eunuch wanted to be baptized immediately, because he understood that baptism is a part of salvation.
No, it does not teach that Baptism is needed for Salvation. It is Faith in Jesus Christ that offers the assurance of Salvation. Jesus said to go to all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything He had commanded the Diciples. Jesus commanded Baptism after you receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, which does the following: 1. They die with Christ to their old self. 2. They rise from the water with Christ to become a new creature. 3. They are incorporated in their new life with a living community, which looks for the coming of Jesus Christ. Rom. 6:1-11 Baptism is not an act to get us into heaven, but one of obedience to His command.
This is my answer; straight from the Word. Verse 5 is a command. John 3 New International Version (NIV) Jesus Teaches Nicodemus 3 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” 3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” 4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” 9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked. 10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.[e] 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. John Testifies Again About Jesus 22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized. 23 Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were coming and being baptized. 24 (This was before John was put in prison.) 25 An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. 26 They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.” 27 To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He must become greater; I must become less.” 31 The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33 Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. 34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.
To those who contend that baptism is required for Salvation, I would ask "What about the thief on the cross? I would also ask " If someone were to be reading the Bible on a plane or being witnessed to by a someone and believed that Jesus died on the cross, was raised from the dead, and is the Son of God who died for their sin, asked him in prayer to forgive them of their sins, then the plane crashed and no water was available for baptism, yet he died, are you saying Jesus would not have forgiven them? Paul had an issue with the other Apostles putting unnecessary yokes on the gentiles who were saved. Baptism is important and I beleive every Christian should want to be baptized. But necessary for Salvation? John 3:16 says "God so LOVED the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever BELIEVES in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. God did not send His Son to CONDEMN the world, but to save the world through him." I didn't see baptism mentioned there.
Follow this closely: In Matt. 26:28, Jesus tells us that He shed His blood for the remission of sins. In Acts 2:38, Peter tells us to be baptized for the remission of sins. Look at Jesus' statement: "For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." The word "for" is used three times in this verse. But they each came from different words in the Greek. Why is this important? Because many preachers will tell you that we are baptized "because of" remission of sins. They have the wrong word "for!" These preachers would have Peter saying, "repent and be baptized 'because of' the remission of sins." If "for" means "because of" remissions of sins here, it means that Jesus' blood was shed "because of" remission of sins in Matthew twenty-six because the same "for" (meaning in order to) is used in both places. The first word "for" in Jesus' statement does mean "because of." It is the Greek word, "yap." The word "for" before "remission of sins" means "in order to." It is the Greek word, "eis." Now, the same word meaning "in order to" (eis) is used by Peter in Acts 2:38. He was telling people to be baptized 'in order to" the remission of sins. Preachers should know that. But if they preached it, they would lose a lot of friends. (The middle "for," in Matt. 26:28, before the word "many," is defined as "concerning" or "as touching.") By the way, the American Standard Version of the Bible says "unto the remission of sins."
There is a very powerful additional argument to help support the great explanation of grace given above by Rev Houdmann. That is, Salvation can come only from God for which the only requirement is true repentance of our sins. The cleansing of our soul can come only from 'within'. Baptism on the other hand is a cleansing act conducted from 'outside' us. No amount of external cleaning by any human can clean the internal sins of ours and only God can see the truthfulness of our repentance to grant us salvation through grace.
The book of Acts is a transition book. Acts 11:16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how he said, John indeed baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized by the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:13. Water baptism is an outward expression of faith in the finished work of Christ to pay our sin debt forever. First John 2:2 It is believing in the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus for our salvation. Water baptism has nothing to do with Jesus blood sacrifice for all our sins forever. Nothing but the blood of Jesus can save sinners which we all are. He paid the penalty for all sin so that He could be the just and justifier of them that believe on Jesus. Romans 3:26.
Water baptism was a requirement for the believing (Messianic) Hebrews, along with repentance (changing their mind) that Jesus Christ was their promised Messiah. We today are saved by God's grace through our faith in what Jesus Christ did on the cross on our behalf (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), and nothing of ourselves (Ephesians 2:8-9). During God's dispensation of grace today (Ephesians 3:1-2), we are baptized into the body of Christ immediately upon having faith in Jesus Christ alone being our savior (Galatians 3:26-27, Ephesians 4:30). Baptism occurs by the Spirit, not by man. Jesus Christ, who knew no sin, was made to be sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). All our sins, past, present, and future, were nailed to the cross so that we are no longer burdened with the anguish of being unable to live up to God's requirements for salvation. Jesus Christ was perfect on our behalf, and received the punishment that we deserved (Romans 5:8). God was in Christ on the cross reconciling Himself to the world (2 Corinthians 5:19). Our job is to reconcile ourselves to God through faith in Jesus Christ and what His finished cross work means for us, believing the gospel that saves today: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 KJV: "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:" When we believe this, we are sealed with the holy Spirit until the day of redemption, and thankfully not just until we sin again (Ephesians 4:30)…which we will most certainly do (Romans 7:22-25) KJV. Our faith in Jesus Christ makes us the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21)! The Spirit can now work effectually through us as we have finally removed the focus of ourselves and our iniquities and placed our focus on Jesus Christ and the cross (1 Thessalonians 2:13). Water baptism will not get our sins forgiven. Turning from sin will not get our sins forgiven. Confessing our sins will not get our sins forgiven. Humbly asking for forgiveness will not get our sins forgiven. Crying a scalding hot bucket of tears and begging God to forgive us will not get our sins forgiven. Our sins were already forgiven nearly 2,000 years ago (Colossians 1:14, 2 Corinthians 5:19), and our salvation occurs at the moment of belief in this, the gospel of our salvation (Ephesians 1:13). Nothing that we ourselves do in the flesh can assist in what Christ has already completed for us (Ephesians 2:8-9, Colossians 2:10). It's literally how we accept Jesus Christ as our savior from this present evil world (Galatians 1:4). Break the yoke of bondage (Galatians 5:1) and live in peace by accepting God’s free gift (Romans 5:18) through faith in what Christ accomplished on the cross for you (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). You've been blessed with all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3), as believers instantly become members of the church which is the body of Christ (Colossians 1:24).
No, it does not. Repentance and faith are the only requirements. And repentance is so crucial nowadays, especially. I like the quote by Thomas Fuller. "You cannot repent too soon, because you do not know how soon it may be too late." "It is unfortunate that the translation of Acts 2:38 in the King James Version suggests that people must be baptized in order to be saved, because this is not what the Bible teaches. The Greek word eis -- εἰς -- (which is translated “for” in the phrase “for the remission of sins”) can mean “on account of or “on the basis of.” In Matthew 3:11, John the Baptist baptized on the basis that people had repented. Acts 2:38 should not be used to teach salvation by baptism." -- Warren Wiersbe Geisler and Howe amplify this interpretation, saying, "the word “for” (eis) [εἰς] can mean “with a view to” or even “because of.” In this case, water baptism would be because they had been saved, not in order to be saved." Baptism is an outward sign of the inward repentance which had already occurred.
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