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A Case For Baptism

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    The following verses provide the strongest case I know of for the saving efficacy of baptism:

    "In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross."—Colossians 2:11-14

    Notice in these verses it says "the powerful working of God," referring to baptism. This clearly shows that baptism is a work of God, not our own. In connection with this Deuteronomy 30:6 says: "And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live." It's our faith in Christ and God's own working that circumcise our hearts; we could never do it on our own.

    It also shows that the time of baptism is when God performs this work of regeneration. If a person ever wonders whether they're saved or not, all he or she has to is ask: Was I baptized (immersed)? Was this accompanied by faith? If the answer to both questions is "yes," you're saved. We can look to baptism as the exact moment when God made us a new creation and we received the gift of the Holy Spirit; otherwise, how can we know when, or even if we're saved?

    "But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ."—Galatians 3:25-27

    If baptism is the time in which we "put on Christ," how can possibly hope to live a life pleasing to God in Christ if we have not been baptized?

    Consider Matthew 22:11-14: "But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. And he said to him, 'Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, 'Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' For many are called, but few are chosen."

    Christ is our wedding garment. If we refuse to put on Christ in baptism we could suffer the same fate as the person in this parable. Of course God can and does do anything He wants, even saving a person who isn't baptized for whatever reason. He looks at the heart. But as a standard practice, baptism is Christ's command and is the example we have to follow from the New Testament. If possible, a person is expected to be baptized.

    Let it be known, I'm not Catholic and what I'm saying isn't Catholic false doctrine. Infant baptism saves no one; the water saves no one; only God's powerful working of regeneration saves.
    Love is patient, love is kind; it does not envy, it does not boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

  • #2
    Originally posted by pdun459 View Post
    This clearly shows that baptism is a work of God, not our own.
    In Acts 2:38 "be baptized" is passive voice indicating one submits himself to baptism. Therefore in water baptism one submits himself to God whereby one has "faith in the working of God" in taking away the body of sin. So it is not accurate for people to say baptism is a work man does when man is passive while God is doing the work. But God only does this work when man obediently submits himself in water baptism.