Is Water Baptism Necessary For Salvation?

Posted by Bible Knowledge Online Revelation Theology and Bible Study on October 10, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Is water baptism necessary for salvation or is this a general commandment that should be followed?  Also is it important how you are baptized, i.e. sprinkled, doused on the head, or complete submerssion?

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Reply gary
2:10 PM on August 5, 2013 
The "how" of salvation is, and always has been, the power of the Word of God/God's declaration of righteousness, received through faith.

That is how people were saved in the Old Covenant and now in the New. No one has ever been saved by HIS own efforts. Circumcision saved no one. Good works have saved no one. The ACT of Baptism has saved no one. And YOUR "decision" did not save YOU. Actions/works of man do not save. God does all the saving, and he does so through the power of his Word: "faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God".

When does the Bible say that God saves? In numerous passages in the NT we see one "when" of salvation: Men and women hear the Good News of the Gospel, believe, repent and are saved! God did 100% of the saving! There is no where in Scripture that states that sinners have the capability to make a "decision" for God, to make a "decision" to believe. The second chapters of both Ephesians and Colossians and the third chapter of Romans all state that sinners are spiritually dead. Dead men do not make decisions!

You are saved by the power of God's Word which "quickens" your spiritually dead soul, makes you alive, gives you faith, and you believe. Sinners do not "decide" to be saved. God decides to save THEM!

And there are multiple passages of Scripture that state that another possible "when" of salvation and the forgiveness of sins is at the time of Baptism. It isn't the act of Baptism or the decision to be baptized that saves. It is the power of God's Words spoken at Baptism which miraculously and supernaturally "quickens" dead souls, gives them faith, and they believe.

Salvation is not dependent on you at all. You bring NOTHING to the "table". God does it all. He doesn't even allow you to bring your mature intelligence and decision-making capabilities to your salvation. God decides to save YOU. He decides to save you for reasons we do not know. But he saved you irrespective of merit on your part. Making the right "decision", "accepting Christ", makes you better than the person who doesn't make the right decision.

If God saves you based on YOUR "good" decision, that is merit, which is a good deed, which is a work, which is unacceptable to God. YOU did not decide to be saved! God decided to save YOU!

For more information on the TRUE plan of salvation, go to the official website of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, an orthodox Christian Church that follows the doctrines and practices of the Early Christian Church.
Reply 1Mazzaroth
2:14 AM on November 6, 2011 
Ann: I was never baptised unless you want to include my baby catholic baptisim.

Did you know that the Disciples were never baptized in the bible by Johns Baptism? You wont hear that preached in Jesus was baptized by John he found his Disciples fishing, collecting taxes etc. The Disciples Baptized people, but were not Baptized themselves. Remember when Jesus were washing their feet. Good ole Peter filled with ideas said;

John 13:8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.

John 13:10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash [his] feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.

Jesus was talking about an inward cleansing by using an outer illustration. They were inwardly cleansed from head to ankle by the word (water), only thing left was the cleansing of the feet. Remember the Armor of God? Feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace. I threw that last line in there for good measure:) Anywho...They have had an inward Baptism and the feet was the last, to be made whole and prepped for the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. There's the water baptism and next the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Those two baptisms working together as one to complete one baptism.

We must be born of the Water (Word) and Spirit (God). Remember, God is a Spirit, Jesus is the Word made flesh John 1:14. What happened on the day of Pentecost? They were filled with the Holy Ghost (Jesus, Word, Water) as the Spirit (God) gave them utterance. The Disciples were born again!!! How can people not see that the Son has returned with the Father as one.
Reply Ann
7:36 PM on October 27, 2011 
Thanks for the clear explanation 1Mazz.. I was always unsure about the importance of baptisim. Many modern christians say you must and it goes hand in hand with salvation like another step. I tend to agree with you. I was never baptised unless you want to include my baby catholic baptisim. I left that religion around 16 but I do know I was always born again..chosen. I never had a wakeing up experiance of the realization of Jesus Christ. My early childhood memories has felt the love of God. So I'm pretty sure after all these years he would not turn his back on me for not getting dunked.
Reply 1Mazzaroth
4:15 PM on October 18, 2011 
Ephesians 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism

I see only one baptism and I would have to say it is the baptism of the Holy Ghost Fire. Johns, baptism was temporary and a sign unto repentance. I understand the water baptism still could not change my inner man. It could only, with a bar of soap, wash my outer man, but my faith and repentance would have to be from within. The water is the word and John was showing through water of the water to come and cleanse the inner man unto repentance.

Ephesians 5:26 you are cleansed and sanctified by the washing of water by the word.

We are first cleansed by the water and than baptized by the fire of the Holy Ghost.