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Video Script: Wash Away Your Sins (11)

We affirm that the gospel is God’s power to salvation. That to be saved one must believe that gospel, repent of their sins and be willing to confess before men that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God.

When we affirm these things, almost everyone is pleased. Texts such as Romans 1:16, John 3:16, Luke 13:5 and Romans 10:8-10 clearly teach these truths.

We also affirm that baptism in water is necessary for salvation. And now we have a problem. Most people deny that one must be baptized to be saved. So why do we affirm it? Simple, just as belief, confession and repentance are clearly taught as necessary for salvation, so it is with baptism. Don’t believe me? Well, consider the following:

Did you know that baptism is included in every specific example of conversion found in the book of Acts? Look it up, the Jews in Acts 2:41; the citizens of Samaria in 8:12; the Eunuch in 8:38; Saul of Tarsus in 9:18 and 22:16; Cornelius and his household in 10:48; Lydia and her house in 16:15; the Jailor in Philippi with his house in 16:33; the believing Corinthians in 18:8; and those in Ephesus who believed in Jesus, 19:5.

While the Eunuch was so eager to be baptized that he asked Philip, "What hinders me from being baptized" (Acts 8:36), people today either refuse to obey God in this matter, or put it off for weeks or months. In contrast, the Jailor and his house were baptized in "the same hour of the night" (16:33).

Jesus himself coupled baptism with salvation in Mark 16:16, when he gave instructions to his disciples to go and preach the gospel to every creature. He said, "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned." Who will be saved? Jesus said it is the individual who believes and is baptized.

Peter certainly understood this and affirmed the same in 1 Peter 3. He wrote in verse 21, "There is also an antitype which now saves us–baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ."

If baptism is not necessary for salvation, then you can be saved without having your sins remitted. Because Peter said in Acts 2:38, "Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins."

If baptism is not necessary for salvation, then you can be saved without having your sins washed away. Because Ananias told Saul of Tarsus in Acts 22:16, "And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord."

If baptism is not necessary for salvation, then you can be saved without becoming a new creature in Christ. Because Paul wrote in Romans 6:3-4, "Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life."

If baptism is not necessary for salvation, then you can be saved without being "in" or "putting on" Christ. Paul wrote it again, this time in Galatians 3:27, "For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ."

Put another way, if you want to have your sins remitted, or washed away; if you want to walk in newness of life, if you want to be in Christ, if you want to be saved, then you must be baptized.

Well, do you want to be saved?