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Water Baptism
Whole religions and denominations preach that
you must be baptized in water:
·        to be saved
·        to get into the body of Christ
·        to get into the local church
·        to get into the Holy Mother Church
·        to get into a covenant relationship with God
·        to get the Holy Ghost, or
·        to get to Heaven
Is this true?
Let’s examine every time the word baptize is used in the Bible.
 Why was Jesus Baptized
Matthew 3:13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
Matthew 3:14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? 
John was referring to Jesus baptizing him with the Holy Ghost—not with water!
Matthew 3:15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
Why was Jesus Baptized in water? … “to fulfil all righteousness.
What does that mean? Jesus’ baptism was a picture of his death, burial and resurrection. The Bible tells us in:
Romans 5:8 … that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
And in 
Romans 3:25-26 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins…To declare…his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of himwhich believeth in Jesus.
Jesus paid it all! He even was baptized for us. Then his righteousness is imputed to us.
 
Another reason Jesus was baptized in water was to reveal to John that Jesus was the Son of God:
Mark 1:9 … Jesus came … and was baptized of John in Jordan.
 
John 1:33 … he that sent me [John] to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost
 
Matthew 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he [John] saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him [Jesus]:
 
Matthew 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This [Jesus] is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
 
John’s Baptism
John 1:26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water
 
John 1:28 … beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
 
John 3:23 … John … was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.
 
Mark 11:30 The baptism of John…
 
Luke 20:4 The baptism of John…
 
Luke 7:29 … the baptism of John.
 
Acts 1:22 Beginning from the baptism of John
 
Acts 10:37 … the baptism which John preached;
 
Acts 18:25 … the baptism of John.
 
Acts 19:3 … Unto John's baptism.
 
Acts 13:24 … John had first preached before his [Jesus’s] coming the baptism of repentance to all  the people of Israel.
 
Acts 19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
 
Matthew 3:7 But when he [John] saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his  (John's) baptism, he said unto them, … who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
            …from the wrath to come… refers to the Tribulation—Daniel’s 70th Week.
John was baptizing Jews in water. 
Why?John said:
John 1:31 …that he [Jesus] should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
Can it be any plainer than that? John baptized the Jews in water to manifest to Israel that their promised messiah [Jesus] was here!
 
Baptism of Repentance
Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance
…the baptism of repentance is explained as Unto repentancemeansrepentancecomes first, then John’s baptism—in water.
Matthew 3:6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
 
Mark 1:5 … were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.
 
Acts 19:4 … John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance
 
Mark 1:4 John did baptize and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
 
Luke 3:3 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;
for the remission of sins—because their sins were remitted.
But they weren't redeemed until the cross.
 
Baptize you with the Holy Ghost
One Baptism—With the Holy Ghost—A Spiritual Baptism—Not Water!
Ephesians 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, [a Spiritual Baptism]
 
Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism  [a Spiritual 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.
 
Colossians 2:12  Buried with him in baptism  [a Spiritual Baptism], wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
 
Mark 1:8 I …have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you withthe Holy Ghost [a Spiritual Baptism].
 
John 1:33 … hethat sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost   [a Spiritual Baptism].
Baptizewiththe Holy Ghost. Who baptizes with the Holy Ghost?
Jesus. (he!) When?
 At the one baptism! [Spiritual—not water]
When we are buried with him in baptism. [Spiritual—not water].
At the moment of the new birth into the Body of Christ in the church age,
when the tribulation saint trusts Him in the Tribulation.
 
Baptize you with Fire
Luke 3:16 … I indeed baptizeyou with water; but …he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
 
Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance… but…he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with  fire:
 
Matthew 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
This describes the 2nd Coming, when Jesus will gather the
wheat (his faithful servants out of the Tribulation and allow them into the Kingdom in their natural, physical bodies), and the
chaff  (those who took the mark of the beast, and cast them into Hell—unquenchable fire! )
You don’t want the baptism offire!
 
Baptized with the Baptism that I am Baptized with:
Matthew 20:22 … Jesus answered… Are ye able … to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?
 
Mark 10:38 But Jesus said … can ye … be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?
 
Matthew 20:23 … Ye shall be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with…
 
Mark 10:39 … with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:
 
Luke 12:50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with
           This can’t refer to water baptism, because Jesus had already been baptized in water! This is referring to an ongoing and future baptism. Thebaptism of suffering!
Jesus was prophesying of his death on the cross!
            All the apostles suffered the baptism of suffering.
 
Baptize the Nations
 
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
            Jesus is telling the apostles to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom [Millenium] to all the nations, and baptize them. At the 2nd Coming, Jesus will judge the nations according to how they treated the Jews in the tribulation. Those nations that blessed the Jews in the time of Jacob’s trouble—Daniel’s 70th week—will be allowed into the Kingdom, those nations that persecuted the Jews will not be allowed in.
 
The Nation of Israel
 
Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye   [Israel ] have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
 
Acts 2:37 Now when they [Israel ] heard this, they [Israel ] were pricked in their [Israel’s] heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we [Israel ] do?
Israel did not ask, “What shall we [as individuals] do to escape Hell?” Nor did they ask, “What mustI do to be saved?” Instead, they asked, “What shall we [Israel ] do, now that we [Israel ] have crucified our [Israel’s] Messiah and King—the King of the Jews!”
Peter answered them [Israel ]:
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them [Israel ], Repent, and be baptized every one of you [Israel ] in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins (because your sins were remitted at Calvary), and ye [Israel ] shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
 
Acts 2:39 For the promise [Of the Kingdom—a royal priesthood, a holy nation] is unto you [Israel ], and to your [Israel’s ] children, and to all [Israel ] that are afar off, even as many [Israel ] as the Lord our [Israel’s ] God shall call [at the 2nd Coming].
 
Acts 2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
This proves Peter wasn’t talking about individual salvation, because you can’t save yourself from Hell. They were instructed to save themselves from this untoward generation—the generation of Israel that killed Jesus!
Acts 2:41 Then they [Israelites and proselytes to Israel] that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Understanding only John’s baptism in water, Peter preached the same thing John preached in:
John 1:31 …that he [Jesus] should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
Can it be any plainer than that? John and Peter both baptized the Jews in water to manifest to Israel that their promised messiah  [Jesus] was here!
            Peter didn’t fully understand about the spiritual body of Christ—the dispensation of the Grace of God—until Paul revealed it to him in Acts 15! Paul explains what happened in:
Galatians 2:11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.
 
Gal 2:7 … when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision (Gentiles) was committed unto me [Paul], as the gospel of the circumcision (Israel) was unto Peter;
 
Gal 2:8 (For he [Jesus] that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision [Israelites], the same [Jesus] was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)
At that time Israel was going into the Tribulation—Daniel’s 70th week. Paul’s gospel had not been revealed about the Body of Christthe Church Age—the kingdom of God in a mystery—the dispensation of the Grace of God. 
Not until the Jews as a nation had rejected their messiah by stoning Stephen, and then had rejected the apostle Paul after he first went to the synagogues, did God then postpone the Kingdom for nearly 2000 years, and then reveal to Paul the mystery of the Church Age—the Body of Christ.
            So Acts 2:38 will again go into the Tribulation, and can not be applied to the born again Christian in the church age as a means to obtain eternal life.
 
Baptism is a Picture—a Like Figure—Not  an Act to Cleanse Someone from their Sins
 
1 Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
Water Baptism and The Gospel are not the Same Thing!
 
1 Corinthians 1:17 [Paul said:]      
 For Christ sent menot to baptize,   buttopreachthegospel
            If Paul thought that water baptism was essential for salvation in the church age for the born again Christian in the body of Christ, he would have baptized everyone he could. But he said,
1 Cor 1:14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
 
1 Cor 1:15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
 
1 Cor 1:16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.
 
1 Cor 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
Paul’s gospel of the Body of Christ, which was revealed to him after the Jews rejected their Messiah, states that you are saved by grace through the faith in the Blood of Christ, without works! 
Water Baptism is a work.  It will not save  you.
  
Born of Water
 
John 3:3 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.
 
John 3:4 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?
 
John 3:5 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 3:6 That which is
born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is
 
born of the Spirit is spirit.
 
John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee,
 Ye must be born again.
Jesus explained that being born of water did not mean being baptized in water. He said in these verses that being born of water is being born of the flesh!  That’s the first birth, when you are born into the world as a baby. You come out of waterborn of water!
That’s why he said, Ye must be born again.”
            This time it must be a spiritual birth, you must be born of the spirit.
Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
 
1 Cor 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized [a spiritual baptism] into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, …and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
 
John 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he
[Jesus] which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
            Jesus baptizes us with the Holy Ghost into the spiritual body of Christ.
            When?
At the moment of the new birth.
 
Without water baptism!
            We don’t need some man to baptize us in the city water system to get born again. That is a work. Water baptism will not wash away our sins.
Revelation 1:5 … Jesus Christ…washed us from our sins in his own blood—at Calvary!
            When we have faith in his blood as sufficient to give us eternal life without works, then Jesus baptizes us with the Holy Ghost into the spiritual body of Christ. Then we immediately have eternal life.
            Then we are in the spiritual body of Christ.
 
ACTS 2:38
Acts 2:38 (KJV) ... Repent, and bebaptized 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.
            Most religious denominations preach ACTS 2:38 as the gospel of their salvation. They even call themselves Christians.   Are they? If you tell a lost person,
            Repent of your sins, be baptized (in water), and you will receive the Holy Ghost,” as the way for him to be saved -- and he believes you -- he will go to Hell like a bullet when he dies!
            Why? Because ACTS 2:38 is notthe plan of salvation in the Church age dispensation. If a person believes that he has to repent (or turn away from) his sins in order to be saved, or in order to stay saved, then he is believing in his own righteousness as part of the salvation process. Two things are wrong with this belief. 
First, all of our righteous is as filthy rags, and will not save us. ISAIAH 64:6
Second, salvation is not a process, it is instantaneous when God gives us the new birth.
            If a person believes that he has to be baptized in water by a priest, or some other man, then he is trusting in a work on his part, or a traditional religious rite. Water baptism does not wash you from your sins. 
   To use the phrase for the remission of sinsto convince a lost person that water baptism does cleanse him is deceitful. A person who is lost, who has not had the eyes of his understanding enlightened, can not be born again by trusting in the gospel ofACTS 2:38. Why not? Because it leaves out the true gospel, which is:
The gospel by which ye are saved
1 Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel
 
1 Corinthians 15:2 By which also ye are saved,
 
1 Corinthians 15:3...Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
 
1 Corinthians 15:4 he was buried, and that he rose again the third  day according to the scriptures:
The blood atonement
Romans 5:9...being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
 
Romans 5:11 (KJV) ...our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
Grace through faith in the blood of Jesus without works or water baptism
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith;
 
Ephesians 2:9 Not of works
 
Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ
 
Romans 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past
 
Romans 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
 
Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
The gospel and baptism are not the same thing!
1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel
ACTS 2:38 leaves out  the preaching of the Cross
1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
ACTS 2:38 leaves out  belief on Jesus Christ
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
 
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Water baptism is not spiritual baptism
1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, ... and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. ( Not water baptism)
 
Matthew 3:11 he (Jesus) shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost
 
John 1:33 ... he (Jesus) which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
            (into the spiritual body of Jesus at the moment God gives you the new birth)
           A spiritual baptism -- not water baptism
Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 
If you have not been baptized with the Holy Ghost, you are not saved! You don’t get this spiritual baptism through water baptism administered by a priest or a man. You receive it from Jesus at the moment of the new birth (and this is not evidenced by speaking with other tongues).
ACTS 2:38 leaves out “Ye must be born again.”
John 3:3 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.
 
John 3:7  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
            Spiritually -- not by works or water baptism
ACTS 2:38 leaves out the word of truth,  the gospel of your salvation
Ephesians 1:13 In whom (Jesus) ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise
 
James 1:21 ... and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
 
1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the wordof God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
            So, in the Church age (from the resurrection of Jesus until the Rapture of the Church), a Christian is saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus’ substitutionary blood atonementat Calvary -- without works or water baptism. And to tell a lost person that he has to repent from his sins, and be baptized in waterfor the remission of his sins is not the gospel. It gives that lost person the belief that he has to do something as his part in his salvation. Such as: turn from his sins, and promise never to sin again, and get baptized in water by some man in order to earn God’s favor.
 That’s works.  
            The word repent means to change your mind about something. It doesn’t mean to put your trust in your efforts in turning from your sins in order to be accepted by God. 
Proof?  The Lord never sinned,  yet he repented.
Exodus 32:14 And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.
 
Genesis 6:6  And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
 
Judges 2:18 And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the LORD because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them.
            The Lord couldn’t turn from his sins and promise never to sin again! So repent   does not mean to give up your sins, and promise never to sin again in order to be accepted by God. 
   But, to be saved, you do have to repent from something. You must repent, or change your mind about trusting in your own ability to saveyourself, or doing your part in your salvation. You must change your mind from believing that you can add even one drop of self-righteousnessto attain your salvation. You must believe that there is nothing you can do to contribute to your salvation. You need to put your faith in trust in what Jesus did for you—at Calvary, and that what hedid is sufficient to save you completely!  Forever!
         If you think that you have to do good works, or stop sinning, in order to be accepted by God, or that you can lose your salvation by your works after you get saved, then you have not repented properly. 
   And God will not give you the new birth, I don’t care if you have been baptized in water 100 times! He will not baptize you with the Holy Spirit into the spiritual body of Jesus (the true church). You will just be a wet sinner on your way to Hell.
            A born again Christian can look back on ACTS 2:38 and interpret it this way:
·        He has repented properly, because he is not trusting in his own righteousness, but in Jesus’ righteousness imputed to him, to save him . He’s not trusting in one drop of his own works to justify him or keep him saved.
·        He knows that water baptism has nothing to do with his salvation.
·        He knows that Jesus baptized him with the Holy Ghost at the new birth, when Jesus spiritually placed him into the spiritual body of Christ.
            But the lost person, who hasn’t heard the word of truth, the gospel of his salvation, and hasn’t had the eyes of his understanding enlightened, does not interpret ACTS 2:38 this way.
 
That’s why you don’t preach ACTS 2:38 as the plan of salvation to a lost person.