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BAPTISM into Christ - a necessary step to salvation

 

"What must I do to be saved?" This was a question asked of the apostles by the jailor at Philippi. The Bible makes it clear that we all sin, we all disobey God and we all die 'the soul that sinneth it shall die'. Only the Lord Jesus lived a perfect life, free from sin and he was put to death (by crucifixion) as a sacrifice for the sins of others. Following his death he was buried in a grave, but as he had not sinned death had no power over him. Later Jesus rose again from the dead to a new life - a life free from pain, a life which would never end.

As the jailor found out, we can be saved by baptism - complete immersion in water. For the believer, the one who realises he has done wrong, wants forgiveness and desires to start a new life serving God and the Lord Jesus instead of himself (or herself) baptism is necessary. Baptism is a symbolical way of being buried, as Jesus was, a death to an old way of life - and a symbolical resurrection to a new life, a life which will never end when the Lord Jesus Christ return to the earth.

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See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 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. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.  Acts 8:36-39

The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  1 Corinthians 15:22