Baptism is for the remission of our sins, Acts
2:38, there is a difference between repentance and remission.
Lets say I owe the Sears Company twenty five dollars. I go
to the credit manager and tell him that I don't have the money
on the date that it is due, but I will have it in thirty days.
The credit manager makes a note of it, that I will pay in thirty
days. The credit manager is merely forgiving me for thirty days.
Then after the thirty day period when I go in and pay the debt
off, it is struck off the record, or remitted. I am no longer
responsible because the debt is paid. This is also the case of
baptism. Repentance = forgiveness. Baptism = remission
Acts 2:38. Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged
with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. Baptism
is for remission of sin. The blood is applied at baptism.
Is Baptism Necessary?
Wash Away Thy Sins
Mark 16:16 - He that believeth and is baptized
shall be saved.
Exodus 30:18-21 - Wash that they die not.
Matt. 26:28 - Jesus shed his blood for the
remission of sins.
Hebrews 9:22 - without the shedding of blood,
is no remission. The blood is what washes our sins away. They
are remitted at baptism. Acts 2:38.
- Luke 24:44-47 - That repentance and remission of sins should
be preached in His name.
- Mark 1:1-11 - John preached the baptism of repentance for
the remission of sins. This looks like a contradiction it looks
like Johns baptism is both repentance and remission, Evidently
the for means instead of. The different writers of the gospels
used different wording to say the same thing.
- Matt. 3:5-12 - Baptism unto repentance - See Acts 19:5,6,
Paul explains Johns baptism.
- John 1:26 - John merely says I baptism with water, then he
said there is one coming that is mighty than I. Example
- Acts 19:5,6 - where it looked like there is a contradiction
there is always an answer. Example Acts 19:5,6.
- The Matthew Henry Commentary puts it this way. He said John
preached repentance in order to remission of sins. John = repentance,
Jesus = remission, Acts 2:38 - Acts 19:5,6.
- Baptism in Jesus Name is imperative.
There are three classes of people referred
to in the Book of Acts.
Acts 2:36-38 These were sinners, Jews
that had just crucified Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. They
asked Peter, what shall we do. Peter told them to repent, to be
baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of their
sins, and they would receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Then in the tenth chapter of Acts we find a
different kind of people. The Gentiles of the house of Cornelius.
Cornelius had an experience with God.
He was devout.
He feared God with all his house.
He gave much Alms.
He prayed to God always.
We have no record of any church affiliation,
but in Acts 10:22 we find that he was of a good report among all
nations of the Jews. He was a friend of the Jews. In Luke 7:5
we find another Centurion that was a friend of the Jews. Cornelius
had all these good traits, and God even gave him the
Holy Ghost before baptism, but even though he had all these things
in his favor, Peter still commanded him to be baptized in the
name of the Lord Jesus, Acts 10:48.
If this man had to be baptized in Jesus Name, then
anyone has to be baptized in Jesus Name to be in the Rapture.
In Acts 19:3 these people had already been baptized
by John the Baptist unto repentance. They had been forgiven of
their sins, but their sins had not been remitted. These people
were good people. Paul didn't know if they had the Holy Ghost
or not. They received a blessing from God when they were baptized
unto repentance, but they had to be baptized in Jesus Name, Acts
There is only one way to be baptized for the
remission of sins, and this is Acts 2:38.
No one in the new testament was ever actually
baptized any other way than in Jesus Name. Acts 4:12 Neither is
there Salvation in any other: for there is none other Name under
heaven, given among men where by we must be saved. I Peter 3:18-21
- Verse 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
- Acts 2:38 - Not a baptismal service. You can't understand
Matt, 28:19, without appreciating Matt. 28:18 - this explains
Matt. 28:19 - Jesus said all power is given unto me, in
heaven and in earth.
- Acts 2:38 was not an actual baptismal service, but Acts 2:41
Acts 8:16 was a baptismal service.
Acts 10:48 was a baptismal service.
Acts 19:5 was an actual baptism service.
Ephesians 2:20, we are built upon the foundation
of the apostles and the prophets, Jesus
Christ himself being the chief cornerstone.
I Corin. 3:11, no foundation can be laid that
the one that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Romans 6:1-23, we are baptized unto his death.
Buried with Him in baptism Romans 6:3,4.
When we plant a seed it must be planted right. We also must be
planted right Romans 6:5.
Ephesians 4:5, One Lord, one faith, one baptism.
- I Peter 3:17-22 - verse 21 the like figure whereunto baptism
doth now save us.
- Col. 2:12 - buried with Him in baptism. So there is more to
salvation than just repeating a few words. To believe is to obey.
Every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matt. 4:4,
from Genesis to Revelation.
- John 7:37-39, believe on Him as the Scripture hath said. Luke
24:44-47, all things spoken of him in the Law, the prophets,
and the Psalms concerning Jesus.
- John 5:39, search the scriptures for in them you think you
have eternal life, and they are they that testify of me.
II Peter 3:16, the unlearned wrest or twist
the scriptures to their own destruction.
John 15:13,14, if the blind lead the blind
both shall fall in the ditch. Luke 6:39,40.
Matt. 15:9, Mark 7:7, Col. 2:22 doctrines of
men or commandments of men for the doctrines of God.
I Peter 1:19-21, I Peter 2:1-22 false prophets
and false teachers, bringing in damnable heresies, even denying
the Lord that bought them. We need to study Gods word.
II Tim. 2:15-19. God knows them that are his.
II Timothy 3:1-17 ever learning and never coming
to the knowledge of the truth. Deceiving and being deceived. II
Tim. 4:1-5 the time will come when they will not endure sound
doctrine - Heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
and turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto
All the signs tell us that Jesus coming is even at the door. We
must have on the wedding garment Matt. 22:1-14. We must have oil
in our lamps Matt. 25:1-13.
Col.. 3:17, whatever you do in word or in deed,
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.
THERE ARE CERTAIN SCRIPTURES THAT SOME PEOPLE
USE TO TRY TO PROVE THAT YOU DON'T NEED THE HOLY GHOST OR BAPTISM
Ephesians 2:8, I Corin. 12:30, I John 3:14,
I John 5:1 and Ephesians 5:26.
These scriptures are written to born again Christians,
already filled with the Holy Ghost. Well established churches.
These are Epistles, written to churches, people that had already
obeyed the plan of salvation. They were never intended to be a
substitute for the plan of salvation.
Also in Acts the sixteenth chapter, Paul speaking
to the Phillippian jailer, Acts 16:31,32 - Paul acted quick to
save the mans life. Then in verse 32 they spake unto him the word
of the Lord and to all that were in his house. Paul explained
to him and his household the word of God. And in verse 33, he
took them the same hour at midnight, and washed their stripes,
and was baptized.
We know what Paul told him, because in Acts 19:1-6,
he asked the Ephesians if they had received the Holy Ghost since
they believed. Then he wanted to know how they were baptized.
Paul would not tell the Ephesians one thing and then tell the
Phillippian jailer something else.
Isaiah 28:9-18, precept
upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon
line, here a little, and there a little. The overall picture.
Almost any encyclopedia tells us that baptism
was only in Jesus Name in the early church. All of the Apostles
baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, until the second
Baptism using father, son, and Holy Ghost was instituted
in 325A.D. under Constantine, or the Roman Catholic church, at
the council of Nicea . Matt. 15:9 - doctines of men,
This is when the doctrine of the Holy Trinity
was formed. Until then Baptism had been in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Jesus did say in Matt. 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. But he had said in Matt.
28:18 all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Then
he said, go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them
in the Name, singular of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Ghost. Father is not a name, Son is not a name, Holy Spirit,
or Holy Ghost is not a name.
These are titles, or offices. I am a father, but
that is not my name. I am a son, but that is not my name. Matt.
28:18 explains Matt. 28:19. Peter understood this when he said,
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. Acts 2:38.
It Really Matter?
John 8:19 the Pharisees
asked Jesus, where is your father? And in verse 21, Jesus said
I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and ye shall die in your sins.
In verse 24 he said, I said therefore unto you, that ye shall
die in your sins; for if ye believe not that I am He, ye
shall die in your sins.
The question was asked, where is your father?
The answer was, if you believe not that I am he, ye shall die
in your sins. This was a very strong statement. Col. 1:12-22,
Col. 2:8,9. Romans 6:4,5, we are buried with Him by baptism. Col.
2:12, Acts 2:38- repent = death to sin.
Baptism = burial. Holy
Ghost = resurrection.
Hebrews 9:22 without the shedding of blood there
is no remission. Acts 2:38 baptism in Jesus Name for the remission
We pray for our food in His name, we pray for
the sick in his name and we should be baptized in his name. Col.
3:17, and whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the Name
of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Zechariah 14:9 One Lord, and His Name One.
Galations 1:8 but though we or an angel from
heaven, preach any other gospel unto you then that which we have
preached unto you, let him be accursed.