The Purpose of Baptism

Although baptism for the remission of sins is basically ignored by the religious world, we find that the New Testament teaches baptism is essential to one’s salvation.  Baptism alone does not save but it is still a crucial part of what one must do in order to have their past sins forgiven.  In this article we want to briefly note some reasons for baptism.

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 1. To receive the remission of sins.  (“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Acts 2:38)

 2. To wash away sins. (“And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” Acts 22:16)

 3. To get into the body of Christ, which is the church.  (“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Gal. 3:16-17)

4. To be added to the kingdom, which is the church.  (“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God;” Jn. 3:3-5; “Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” Acts 2:47)

 5. To become a new creature. (“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Cor. 5:17)

 6. To obey God.  (“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Mk. 16:15-16)

Leon Brashear

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