Baptism

There is, perhaps, no religious subject that has gained more attention than has the subject of baptism.  Every fact of the subject has challenged the efforts of the wisest heads.  Tongues and pens of the ablest speakers and writers have been employed in the examination of the subject.  Let us then, with a sincere reverence for God’s Word, engage in a study now.

It is one thing to have our own private opinions about baptism, and another to just let the Bible guide us into the truth.  We must approach the subject with an open mind and an open Bible.  Let us look at the following facts:

1. Baptism is a vital part of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20)“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.  Amen.”

2. Jesus taught that baptism is a part of the plan of salvation (Mark 16:15-16)“Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”  The Lord Jesus is saying here that he that believes the gospel and is baptized in obedience to the gospel, shall be saved; while he that does not believe the gospel shall be damned.  Of course, if one does not believe the gospel, he will not and cannot be baptized in obedience to it.  You will further notice that the main clause in the sentence is, “He shall be saved.”  Who is this “he” shall be saved?  Jesus did not say, “he that believeth shall be saved”; neither did He say, “he that is baptized shall be saved”; but He did say, “he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.”  In other words, in order to be saved, one must believe the gospel (Romans 1:16) and be baptized in obedience to it (Romans 6:3-4, 17-18); but in order to be damned, one must simply disbelieve.

The Bible teaches that it takes all of the plan of salvation and obedience to all of the commands of Christ to save a sinner.  It is not a question of whether we are saved by faith, but a question of whether we are saved by faith only.  It is not a question of salvation by repentance, but a question of salvation by repentance minus the rest of God’s plan.  Thus we see:

We are saved by FAITH ...... But NOT by faith alone
We are saved by REPENTANCE ...... But NOT by repentance alone
We are saved by BAPTISM ...... But NOT by baptism alone

IT TAKES ALL OF GOD’S PLAN!

It is a dangerous doctrine that teaches a man can be saved by doing only a part of the things God requires --- not only dangerous, but false; therefore, it is a damnable doctrine.  Student, do not be misled.  The Bible is right always.  In Luke 7:29-30, the Pharisees and publicans rejected the counsel of God when they failed to be baptized.  Peter declares in 1 Peter 3:20-21“...eight souls were saved by water, the like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us…”

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1. It was _____________________ who gave the command for men to be baptized (Matthew 28:19).

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2. How many baptisms does Paul say we have today? (Ephesians 4:5)

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3a. The following passage shows what the Bible requires for acceptable baptism:

The scriptural element necessary for baptism is ______ (Acts 10:47).

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3b. The following passage shows what the Bible requires for acceptable baptism:

Scriptural baptism requires _______ water (John 3:23).

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3c. The following passage shows what the Bible requires for acceptable baptism:

Philip and the Eunuch _______ to some water (Acts 8:36), and they both went _________ into the _____ and Philip _____ him (Acts 8:38).

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3d. The following passage shows what the Bible requires for acceptable baptism:

Baptism is a ______ in water, from whence we are _____ to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12).

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3e. The following passage shows what the Bible requires for acceptable baptism:

Paul says that when we are baptized, we are _______ together in the likeness of Christ’s death (Romans 6:5).

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3f. The following passage shows what the Bible requires for acceptable baptism:

We are buried in baptism in the likeness of Christ’s __________ that we might be _________ with Him in the likeness of His resurrection (Romans 6:4-5; Colossians 2:12).

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3g. The following passage shows what the Bible requires for acceptable baptism:

Having now studied the Bible requirements of baptism, which of the following best meets the Bible specification for acceptable baptism?

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4a. The following passage teaches us what baptism is for:

Jesus commissioned His apostles to baptize in the name of the _____ and of the ______, and of the ______ (Matthew 28:19).

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4b. The following passage teaches us what baptism is for:

He that believeth and is _____ shall be ______ (Mark 16:16).

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4c. The following passage teaches us what baptism is for:

Peter told the people on the day of Pentecost to ________ and be _______for the ____________________ (Acts 2:38).

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4d. The following passage teaches us what baptism is for:

After the eunuch was baptized, he went on his way ________ (Acts 8:39).

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4e.  The following passage teaches us what baptism is for:

Ananias instructed Saul to _________, and be baptized, and ________ ___________  __________  ________ (Acts 22:16).

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4f.  The following passage teaches us what baptism is for:

Paul says that if any man is in Christ he is a _______ (2 Corinthians 5:17)

But how does one get into Christ? _____________ 
(Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:3) 

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4g.  The following passage teaches us what baptism is for: 

We are raised with Christ from the burial in baptism to _________ in ___________ of life (Romans 6:4).

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4h.  The following passages teach us what baptism is for:

Peter says that __________ now saves us (1 Peter 3:21).

Observe that neither this passage nor any other teaches that the power to save is in the water.  For example, Peter here states that “baptism saves by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”  We have already noted that baptism is a form of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3-5, 17-18).  Baptism in water is simply one of the steps that is to be followed in getting into the state where salvation is to be hand.  God Himself, not man, is the one who required it.

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4i. Having now studied what the Bible says that baptism does for the individual, do you think that one could be saved without it? ______  Have you ever read in the Bible where anyone since the death of Christ was ever saved without baptism?  ________

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5a. The urgency of baptism is clearly seen in the following passages:

On Pentecost, those that gladly received the word were _______, and the ______ day were added to the Lord (Acts 2:41, 47).

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5b. The urgency of baptism is clearly seen in the following passages:

Philip ______ the chariot to baptize the Eunuch (Acts 8:38).

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5c. The urgency of baptism is clearly seen in the following passages:

According to Acts 22:16, Paul (formerly known as Saul) gives his account of what took place at his conversion.  He says that Ananias came to him and said, “And now why tarriest thou?  Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins.”  It says that he ________ and was  ______ (Acts 9:18).

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5d. The urgency of baptism is clearly seen in the following passages:

The Philippian jailor took Paul and Silas the _____ , and was _____ (Acts 16:33).

If baptism was not important, why did these people see that they were baptized immediately?

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The careful student has now noticed that baptism is a burial in water and is necessary to salvation.  There are those who teach that baptism is not necessary to salvation, but we have studied here what the Bible says.  Let us take what the Bible teaches.

It is urgent, fellow student, that we be baptized in the Bible way, and for the Bible purpose.  A study of Acts 19:1-7 will show that baptism must be right in design and form or it is not acceptable.  Twelve men of Ephesus had to be baptized anew, because they had been baptized with the baptism of John, which was different in design.  Eternity is too long, and hell too horrible for us to neglect this matter.  Have you obeyed His will?

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