Biblical Water baptism as it pertains to Salvation
Key scriptures to keep in mind:
Luke 1:77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved
“ Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God"
" Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." John 3:3-5
a.) Born of the water, was John’s water baptism of repentance and remission of sin, awaiting the Messiah to come with the Holy Ghost. That is found in: Luke 3:3-6, 20:4, Mark 1:4, 11:30, Matthew 3:6, 3:13-17, 21:25, Acts 19:1-5,
b.) Born of the Spirit, was to be brought by the Messiah ( being the Holy Ghost). That’s found in : Luke 3:16, Matthew 3:11, Mark 1:7-8, Acts 19:1-5
c.) You can find, in those scriptures, confirmation that you need both.
*The New Testament was written in Greek, translated to Latin by the Catholic Church so man couldn’t read it for himself, and then translated to English by King James so that every man would be able to read for himself. But when we read, we only know the English meaning of the words, not the Greek meaning. Which, is more times than not a very different meaning. So we need to go by the original Greek meaning of biblical words, to have full understanding of scriptures.
Baptism-From the Greek word baptisma, the process of being buried, immersed, or submerged. (a definition of submerge is to be place UNDER water.) The very definition of the word proves you cannot sprinkle.
" In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;" Colossians 2:11-13
"Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life."
Jesus Sends Forth Salvation
After his death and resurrection, JESUS returned to earth, to enlighten his disciples and to give them a mission. In LUKE 24 it describes this vivdly. I suggest, to truly know Christ, read Luke 24:25-27, 31-32, 37-38, and 44-45. Now, to know the mission that given to his disciples (and to us), that is found in all four gospels. Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:14:20, Luke 24:47-48, John 21. Let’s combine these statements:
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" -Matthew 28:19
-Name is singular not plural, meaning one name (ref. key scriptures)
"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." -Mark 16:15
"And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
And ye are witnesses of these things." -Luke 24:46-48
Now to combine all these scriptures:
Go ye into the world/all nations, preach the gospel/ teaching baptism…which is repentance and remission of sins in the name of Jesus. And it says “He that believeth” (Believe what? The gospel), “and is baptized shall be saved”.
Matthew (28:19) statement was one made in a spiritual natural. Luke’s (24:47) was more clear or direct. But both are correct, and actually identical.
Now to see just how the disciples interpreted this commandment from Jesus, go to the book of Acts. There you can find all the great works and baptisms, and see how it was done. Starting at Acts 2:38 (Day of Pentecost), “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.” They executed what they were taught to perfection, and 3,000 souls received salvation that day.
All of the following scriptures shows doctrine of baptism in Jesus name! (and no other way) :
Acts 2:38, 8:12-29 , 9:17,18 , 10:43,47,48 , 18:8 , 19:5 , 22:16
*FYI: “Father, Son, Holy Ghost” is only found one time in the entire bible. The Disciples were not taught, nor did they pray that way, preach that way, or baptize that way. Everything that was ever done was in Jesus name (John 14:13-14, 26,25, 16:26, Colossians 3:17, Acts 4:7-10, 4:12, and more.) acknowledging the one living God.