Water-Baptism – BT2
Water-baptism is necessary to wash away your sins for forgiveness, justification, and salvation
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Many Christians haven’t done their homework on water-baptism, but simply follow some denomination’s view on it. All you have to do is read the bible’s use of the words for water-baptism and the first 100 years of Christian writings to see it’s very clear that disciples/followers were ALL expected to be water-baptized (a), and this was directly linked to salvation (b), when your sins were bathed/washed (c) away: “Why do you wait? Rise and be water-baptized and louo bath-wash away your sins, [while] calling on His name/authority” (d), “He saved us . . . by the louo bathing/washing of regeneration” (e), “our hearts sprinkled clean…our bodies louo bathed/washed with pure water” (f), “you were louo bathed/washed ….made/declared justified-righteous in the name/authority of the Lord Jesus Christ” (g), the “Church . . . that Jesus sanctified/made holy, having cleansed her by the louo bathing/washing of water in/by his directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word” (h). <Notes> a) even Paul was: Acts 9:17-18, 22:12-16, b) Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21, c) louo: washed ‘clean’, d) Acts 22:16 , e) Titus 3:5 , f) Hebrews 10:22 , g) 1 Corinthians 6:11, h) Ephesians 5:26.
Water-baptism is surely for the forgiveness of sins (a) which is based on repentance (b), just as John’s water-baptism was for the forgiveness of sins based on repentance (c). <Notes> a) Acts 2:38, cf. Matthew 26:28; Luke 1:77, 24:47; Acts 5:31, 10:43, 13:38, 26:18; Colossians 1:14; Hebrews 9:22, b) Mark 1:4; Luke 3:3, 24:47; Acts 2:38, 5:31, 8:22; 2 Corinthians 7:10, c) Mark 1:4; Luke 3:3.
Water-baptism was the required place for public confession (a) of sins (b) and “confession of Jesus to be Christ” (c), “confession that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh” (d), was “the apostle and high priest of our confession” (e), or “confessing with your mouth that Jesus is Lord . . .will be saved” (f), “the good confession in the presence of many witnesses” (g), for whoever “confesses the Son has the Father also” (h), which we also know is part of repentance involved within the “Obedience Steps of Faith – BT15” (i). Water-baptism “in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” (j) or at least “in the name of the Jesus Christ” or “the Lord Jesus” (k), clearly indicated you were really a follower/disciple of Jesus (k) – see Surrender Control for more about confession. <Notes> a) ex out from + homou local assembly + gospel logos message = profess/declare out agreement in a local assembly before 2-3 witness as in a court of law, b) Matthew 3:6; Mark 1:5; Acts 19:18, cf. James 5:16; 1 John 1:9, c) John 9:22, 12:42, d) 1 John 4:2, e) Hebrews 3:1, f) Romans 10:9, cf. Philippians 2:11, g) 1 Timothy 6:12, h) 1 John 2:23, i) Romans 1:16; Ephesians 2:8; 2 Timothy 3:15; 1 Peter 1:5, 9, j) Matthew 28:19, k) Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, 19:5, l) 1 Corinthians 1:12-16.
Other early creeds of public confession of Christ were simply “Jesus is the Christ/Messiah” (a), or “Jesus is the Son of God” (b) or “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” (c), or “Jesus is Lord” (d), where “Lord” means “Supreme Master!” By the 2nd century The Roman Creed had grown to 86 words. By the 4th century it had grown to 175 words, and it just kept growing – see Salvation – BT9. Why? Because the Catholic Church had become obsessed about gnosis info-knowledge and universally-binding doctrines/decrees/ordinances (e) instead of genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge – see Knowledge of God. But confession isn’t the only thing that was supposed to happen for salvation to occur – see Obedience Steps of Faith – BT15 and Salvation – BT1. <Notes> a) 1 John 2:22, 5:1, b) 1 John 4:15, 5:5, c) John 20:31, d) 1 Corinthians 12:3, e) dogma: used negatively in Luke 2:1; Acts 17:7; Colossians 2:14; Ephesians 2:15, and positively only in Acts 16:4.
In the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus speaks to His apostles: “Therefore having definitively/wholly routinely gone [I strongly urge you to] definitively/wholly matheteuo make disciples (a) of all the nations, routinely water-baptizing them in the [single] name/authority of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, routinely teaching them to tereo ‘carefully observe to maintain/keep’ all that I have entole [officially, universally] commanded you . . .” The whole process (b) of making disciples (a) is described by the present participles of: routinely water-baptizing and also teaching them Christ’s only 2 commandments (c), not everything Jesus ever did or taught (d)! A disciple is defined as “a follower who voluntarily takes on the disciplines given to him by his Leader (Jesus) in the process of learning from and following Him.” Jesus didn’t strong urge his apostles to “make believers” who simply confess the creeds of Christianity’s Trusting-Relying-Faith, nor to simply say a “Sinner’s Prayer” for forgiveness. <Notes> a) matheteuo: Matthew 13:52, 27:57, Acts 14:21, b) aorist tense, c) 1 John 3:23 combines 1 from the Father + 1 from the Son into 1 from God – see Only 2 Commandments and Obedient Steps of Faith – BT20, d) most of which hasn’t even been recorded; John 20:30, 21:25.
Just look at the Great Commission of Mark 16:16, where Jesus says: “Whoever has [singular] trusting-relying-faith and/coupled is water-baptized will be saved, but whoever does not have trusting-relying-faith will be condemned.” It’s obvious that if you really had trusting-relying-faith, it would include the response of water-baptism – both coupled together is what saves you! This is an integral part of “the gospel preached to the whole of creation” from v. 16:15! Saving faith involves ernon ‘doings/works’ – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT15. For more details about these ‘Great Commissions’ see Water-Baptism – BT6.