Morning Devotion: Questions and Answers

Question: Will baptism save me? Answer: No.

History shows us that this one subject has been divisive and has been the cause of many deaths.

Many of our Baptist forefathers paid with their lives for this stand. They refused to baptize for salvation. They refused to have their children sprinkled, anointed, poured or washed with water, oil or perfumes and paid dearly for it.

We know from scripture that there is only one baptism. Ephesians 4:4  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5  One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Baptism is a picture of the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Romans 6:4  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. 5  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

No where in the bible do we find sprinkling, anointing, pouring or washing as a form of baptism. It simply is not there. Any religion or denomination who performs this action is doing so contrary to God’s word and will.

Baptism is a picture of the death, burial a resurrection or Jesus Christ. It is the born-again believer giving testimony to the world that they believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and His efficacious work on calvary’s cross for their salvation. Only believers may be baptized.

It is well documented in Acts 8Acts 8:30  And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?

31  And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

32  The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:

33  In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.

34  And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?

35  Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

36  AND AS THEY WENT ON THEIR WAY, THEY CAME TO A CERTAIN WATER: AND THE EUNUCH SAID, SEE, HERE IS WATER; WHAT DOTH HINDER ME TO BE BAPTISED?

37  AND PHILIP SAID, IF THOU BELIEVEST WITH ALL THINE HEART, THOU MAYEST. AND HE SAID I BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD.

38  And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.  

Did you read that? He believed Jesus Christ is the son of God and they went down into the water and got baptized. No sprinkling, anointing, pouring and washing, it was simply a large amount of water that they went down into.

Baptism always follows belief in the word of God which is Christ.

Acts 2:41  Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

In Acts 16:30-33 A jailer cries to be saved and Paul responded with God’s word. “And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.  And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.  And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.”

Only believers can be baptized. Just a thought; babies, who have no conscience to profess, believe and trust in Christ, cannot be baptized. There is no provision in the scripture for it.

Some believe baptism for salvation is a work done in hopes to gain approval by God. The scriptures tell us differently. They think if they do this for their babies, their babies will be saved. That is not in the bible.

Ephesians 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Titus 3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

God saves us by faith in Christ; He regenerates us by the Holy Ghost, not baptism. If you could be saved by baptism, communion, prayer beads, confessions or any other thing, then Jesus would never have had to die on the cross. Maybe you think God will say, “good job, you got baptized, come into heaven.” That my friend, will never happen.

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (Not baptism)

It is a joy for the born-again believer to give a visual testimony of their belief in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The believer goes into and stands in the water, which pictures Christ on the cross. The believer goes under the water which pictures Christ burial. The believer is raised out of the water and that pictures Christ resurrection.

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and then get baptized in a good bible believing Baptist church. Question: Does Baptism save? Answer: No, only Jesus saves.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook