by Timothy A. Southall
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Have you ever been told that you can be saved before
you are baptized and that baptism is not necessary? God's Word teaches
us that baptism is a very important part of God's Plan of Salvation for
each and everyone of us. Can one be saved before baptism?
Let's look at some "what ifs."
If a person
is saved before he/she is baptized, then he/she is . . .
Saved before Jesus said he/she would be saved.
Whoever believes and is baptized
will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. –Mark
Saved before his/her sins were forgiven.
Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized,
every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your
sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." –Acts
Saved before his/her sins were washed away.
'And now what are you waiting for?
Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.' –Acts
Saved before receiving a new life with Christ.
Or don't you know that all of us
who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were
therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just
as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we
too may live a new life. –Romans
Saved before being buried and raised with him.
having been buried with him in baptism
and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised
him from the dead. –Colossians
Baptism is clearly shown to be biblical, a command
of Jesus, and part of God's plan of salvation. No matter what someone might
tell you, God's Word teaches that we cannot be saved before baptism. Baptism
is an act of faith (Colossians
2:11-12), not a work like some say! Christ commanded
that we be baptized (Matthew
28:18-20). Have you taken the act of faith yet?
Saved before the Bible says he/she was saved.
and this water symbolizes baptism
that now saves you also-not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge
of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus
Peter 3:21 (NIV)
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