Friday, October 14, 2016
Baptism - Salvation Without?
Bible Questions Answered:
“Here is my question, if a person receives the Lord, and is killed in an auto accident, and hadn't been baptized yet, are they lost?...”
Leslie/ London, England United Kingdom
No, and we have The Word Of God, that tells us so.
Two criminals crucified along side Jesus.
Luke 23:39-43 KJV
39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on Him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this Man hath done nothing amiss.
42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Had this thief, been baptized, of course not, and yet Jesus promised him “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
The repentant thief did do something though, something which baptism represents, and that is public confession! He confessed that Jesus was God.
The repentant thief stated:
Vs. 40 “Dost not thou fear God,”
Vs. 41 “this Man hath done nothing amiss.”
Vs. 42 “And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
Baptism, is a public confession, that you are a follower of Jesus Christ, and are living to please Him.
Romans 10:10 NLT
For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.
Mark 2:23-28 KJV (The Pharisees were quick to condemn Jesus.)
23 And it came to pass, that He went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and His disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.
24 And the Pharisees said unto Him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?
25 And He said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when He had need, and was an hungered, he, and they that were with him?
26 How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shew bread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?
27 And He said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
28 Therefore The Son Of Man is Lord also of the sabbath.
Colossians 2:16,17 NLT
16 So don’t let anyone condemn you for
what you eat or drink, or for
not celebrating certain holy days or
new moon ceremonies or
17 For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ Himself is that reality.
And might we well add then, yes even baptism was designed to serve man, not the other way around. Again, baptism is a means of public confession.
A Chaplin told this Pastor, this story many years ago. Many a man went into the service during WWII as not, a Christian, but as the saying goes, “there aren't any atheists in a fox hole.”
Once out on the field and under heavy fire, dead comrades lying everywhere, and knowing that death was not far away, many a soldier would do the following as instructed by Chaplains. They would take their left thumb, and clasp it into their right hand, meaning they wanted a Christian burial.
Many a dead soldier, had been found with such an end of life wish.
Had they been baptized, no, were they in God's kingdom of grace and glory, yes!
Mark 2:27 KJV
And He said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath:
Baptism was made for man, and not man for baptism. (Colossians 2:16,17 KJV)
Addendum: So what is the end of the matter? If you are a Christian and able bodied and your church or group is having a baptism service, and you have never been baptized, be baptized.
Matthew 28:18-20 KJV
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of
The Father, and of The Son, and of The Holy Ghost:
20 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. Amen.
Does baptism save, absolutely not, faith in The Lord Jesus, as Savior, leads us to salvation, baptism is a public confession of what we believe, and who we serve.