He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned (Mark 16:16).
Is this verse of scripture really so hard to understand? This past week I heard someone extol salvation before, apart, and totally separate from baptism. In reality what he was saying is that we can be saved outside the body of Christ. As with all matters, let us consult the word of God on the subject. Ephesians 1:3 says, “blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places “in” Christ.” This verse plainly tells us that all blessings are “in” Christ. Therefor I endure all things for the elects sake that they may obtain the salvation that is “in” Christ Jesus with eternal glory (II Tim 2:10). Then if we are not “in” Christ, we have no access to God the Father’s spiritual blessings. One may rightly ask, “how do we get “into” the body of Christ?” For as many of you as have been baptized “into” Christ have put on Christ (Gal 3:27). Then we must deduct that we get “into” Christ through baptism.
A little research on the word baptize on the internet was quite interesting. The word “baptize” was transliterated from the original Greek word “baptizo”, which means to immerse, dip, or plunge. We can be sure that God meant immersion, when he commanded baptism, for there are other Greek words for pour and sprinkle.
Therefor if anyone is “in” Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away, behold all things have become new (II Cor 5:17). So if we have not been buried with Christ in baptism, for the remission of our sins, we are still that old creature, retaining our sins and are outside the body of Jesus Christ. And this is the record, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is “in” his Son (I John 5:11).
I cannot think of a more sorry situation, than for one who thinks they are saved to stand before the judgment seat of Christ, and hear that they have ignored this most basic requirement for salvation.
Outer darkness, where God is not, for all eternity, is the most frightening place one can imagine. We can easily avoid this most terrible place by simply doing what God has commanded us to do. “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved” seems pretty easy to understand, yet untold millions are being led down the path to destruction, by not knowing and doing what the Lord has so simply stated. I challenge you to search the scriptures from cover to cover to find a way “into” the body of Christ without baptism, I’m sure you will not find one.
Why not hear(Mark 12:29), believe(John 20:31), repent(Luke 13:3), confess (Acts 8:37),be baptized (Acts 2:38, 10:48, Mark 16:16 ), live Godly until the end (Heb 3:6), and be saved (Rom 10:9)?
May I encourage each of you to think today of the destany of your eternal soul, for tomorrow will never come for many.
We invite all who would, to come study God’s word with us here at Kedron on the Coopertown Road Russellville KY at 10 a.m. each Sunday morning. Our worship starts at 11:00. We sing songs of praise to his great and holy name, partake of the Lord’s supper, go to our Father in prayer, and hear another lesson from his holy word. We neither add to God’s word nor take from it. We have a different guest speakers each week and our song leader is brother Prentice White