November 5th, 2019
Acts 8:12 (KJB) But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
There is much confusion concerning repentance and baptism then and today. Some say that the physical act of baptism is necessary for securing salvation. Others claim that salvation is of God and not tied to any actions or works of man.
But, what does God’s Word have to say?
God tells us in Romans 10:9; Ephesians 2:8-10; Acts 16:31; John 3:16 and many other scripture verses that upon believing in God through faith that a person releases the gift of life on his soul. God gives His gift of eternal life to any soul who professes faith in God and desires eternal life. Baptism or sprinkling ahead of placing faith in God will only create soaking wet sinners not spiritually regenerated hearts.
You see, baptism is not a requirement for receiving salvation of the heart (think of the thief on the cross not baptized before his physical death who was promised he would see Jesus Christ in paradise).
Baptism is nothing more than an outward sign or an act concerning the inward condition of a newly spiritually regenerated heart. A sincere professing child of God is willing and eager to be baptized publicly testifying to others about his or her new spiritual heart condition in spiritual agreement with God.
sadly, not every person will desire to personally know God and place faith in the finished work of the cross at Calvary be baptized as a public testimony. However, for those who do, God has made it possible to believe and receive the gift of eternal life and to be baptized upon believing in Him.