QUESTION: Is water baptism necessary to salvation? Please send supporting scriptures. ANSWER: Yes! Baptism is essential to salvation! The following scriptures clearly support this statement.
(Mark 16:16) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved! Both belief and baptism come before and are necessary to salvation. God’s formula is B+B=S! Man would often insert his own formula as B=S+B! To do so is to reject the will of God!
(Acts 2:38) Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Christ for the remission of sins. In this verse, we see that both repentance and baptism are necessary to the remission of sins. Some try to say that “for” in this passage means “because of.” This is unscholarly and foolish. The word “for” in this passage means the same as the word “for” in Matthew 26:28! Conclusion: Whatever Christ’s blood is “for,” repentance and baptism are “for.”
(Acts 22:16) And now why tarriest thou? Arise and be baptized and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Again, we learn that baptism precedes washing away of sins! In this passage, Saul had been on his knees in prayer for three days and three nights, after which he was told to arise and be baptized to get rid of his sins. Question: Why didn’t the seventy-two hours of prayer (with fasting) get the job done? Why did Ananias tell the believing Saul to quit waiting? Why did he tell him to go get baptized to wash away his sins? Simply, because Paul had to obey the Lord’s command of Mark 16:16 & Acts 2:38 (above).
(Romans 6:3) Baptism is that which puts one into Christ! Only in Him is there salvation (II Timothy 2:10; Acts 4:12). In order to get to that salvation, we must obey that which puts us into Him!
(Galatians 3:27) When one is baptized into Christ, he or she puts Christ on! Christ is not put on before baptism!
(I Peter 3:21) Baptism doth also now save us! Just as the water of the flood separated Noah from a sinful world; just as the water of the flood cleansed a world of sin, even so baptism is that which separates and cleanses today, because it is at this point of obedience (baptism) that the blood of Christ is applied (Revelation 1:5; Romans 6:1-5; Hebrews 9:22). Baptism washes away sin (Acts 22:16); His blood washes away sin (Revelation 1:5)! How can both be true? One way! They occur at the same time!
Truth for the World Bible Question and Answer Booklet Compiled by David Amos for Truth for the World 09/04/98