Summary: Is baptism necessary for salvation? What’s comes before baptism? Is there anything after?
Before and After Baptism
The title of my lesson is “Before and After Baptism”.
Before baptism there are four steps we need to take.
The first step is: Hear the word of God. Please turn to Romans 10:17.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
The second step is: Believe the word of God. Please turn to Hebrews 11:6.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
The third step is: Repent of our past sins. Please turn to Luke 13:3.
“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”
The fourth step is: Confess Jesus Christ. Please turn to Matthew 10:32-33.
“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”
Now comes baptism, one of the most argued about issues. It’s argued about by people who think it is not necessary for salvation. The Bible says it is necessary for salvation in 1 Peter 3:20-21.
“Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. 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”
And in Mark 16:16:
“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”
Notice the “and” and how Jesus put baptized before saved. In order for someone to say baptism is not necessary for salvation would be calling Jesus a liar and if he were a liar he couldn’t be trusted when he calls himself the Son of God and thus they would be denying their own religion and faith.
After baptism we’re to remain faithful to the end in order to be saved. Please turn to 1 Corinthians 15:58.
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
To remain faithful means to live a faithful Christian life unto death.
Some of the parts of remaining faithful are:
1. Preaching the word to the world as it says 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 alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
2. Following Jesus’ steps as it says in 1 Peter 2:21-24.
“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”