Spring Warrior Church of Christ
7432 S. Red Padgett RoadPerry, FL 32348584-5176
by Bill Blue Today, men have differing views over the necessity of baptism. Someargue that baptism is necessary for salvation. Others argue that all onemust do to be saved is believe. The apostles’ teaching on baptism is clear.Peter said baptism saves you (1 Pet. 3:21), and is necessary for the remissionof sins (Acts 2:38). On one occasion Peter even
believers to bebaptized (Acts 10:48).
Paul said that baptism washes away, and frees usfrom, our sins (Acts 22:16; Rom. 6:6-8), allows us to put on Christ (Gal. 3:27), join His body (1 Cor. 12:13), and share in His death and resurrection byputting to death our former sinful ways (Rom. 6:3-8). On one occasion Pauleven re-baptized disciples who only knew the baptism of John (Acts 19:5)even though John’s baptism was also for the remission of sins (Mark 1:4). The book of Acts describes multiple conversions involving baptism, and nonethat do not (Acts 2:38-41; 8:5-13; 8:35-38; 9:1-18 & 22:16; 10:34-48; 16:13-15; 16:25-34; 18:8). Yet some men still argue against the necessity of baptism. What would Jesus do? Jesus consistently preached and commanded the necessity of baptismthroughout His ministry. Three different Gospels tell us Jesus began His ministry by submittingto baptism (Matt. 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22). Jesus did notquestion the purpose or necessity of baptism. When John protested that hisown righteousness was inferior to Christ’s, Jesus said, “Permit it to be so now,for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness
and then He wasbaptized (Matt. 3:13-15). If one wants to be more like Christ, why wouldn’the follow Jesus’ example and submit humbly to baptism as Christ did? Two of the possible reasons why people fail to follow Jesus’ commandsand examples are that they either believe they are smarter than God, or thesimplistic nature of the gospel itself poses an obstacle to obedience (1 Cor.1:18-29). Shortly after beginning His ministry, Jesus told Nicodemus,“unlessone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God”(John 3:2-5). Is it that difficult to understand the necessity of water baptism?