May 19, 2020
Repent, Remission of Sin, and Be Baptized
Acts 2:38 (KJB) 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.
There are a lot of doctrinal misconceptions concerning baptism and this verse of scripture, especially when isolated from proper biblical-based context — two things mentioned here in this verse that is vital in receiving God’s gift of life.
The Apostle Peter was divinely inspired to record that a person must repent from his sin for removal of sin, and lastly, regenerated heart’s desire to be baptized in the name of Christ for showing outward to others there is a new spiritual state at work inside his or her heart. Indeed, you understand that if a person chooses baptism without repenting of his or her sin, the only thing this isolated act proves is that he is nothing more than a drenched sinner for salvation changes the state of the heart.
Some pastors, churches, and laymen alike will tell you that the act of baptism is necessary for salvation, but that is false teaching. Or others will teach that sprinkling as an infant or at any age is acceptable in place of baptism for salvation, but that too is false, false, false. Immersion following the critical repentance and removal of sin is God’s biblical-based directive for a person to follow through with after receiving the gift of eternal life.
Just remember- the thief on the cross was never baptized, but Jesus promised He would see Him in paradise, making the act of baptism not necessary for the salvation of the soul.
Stick with truths God saw fit to reveal in this scripture through His servant Peter: repentance and remission of sin opens up the gift of life, and this new spiritual heart condition is an outward sign offered in participation in the public act of baptism.
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The Gordons have authored several devotional books: Looking Through the Glass Darkly, Some Trust in Chariots, Growing in Grace and Knowledge, Woman of Grace and their latest, Walk Worthy. There is a free study guide companion for Walk Worthy available on their website.