the first thing in order (Heb. 11:6) God requires more of man than that even though most do not believe it.
A second condition is repentance. God is not in the business of saving unrepentant sinners even if they are believers. If so where does the Bible teach it? As I said earlier I will wait for you to find the passage. If man can be saved without repentance what did Jesus shed his blood for? If a man can be saved without repentance, meaning he can go on and still live a life of sin and be saved, then why did Jesus shed his blood for the remission of man’s sins if sin does not matter? Repentance is thus required of man for salvation (Acts 2:38).
A third condition is a confession of Jesus with the mouth. “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation.” (Rom. 10:9-10 NKJV)
The final condition one is met with before it can be said he has entered the body of Christ of which Christ said he is the Savior (Eph. 5:23) is baptism. “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free – and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many.” (1 Cor. 12:13-14 NKJV) We enter the body of Christ by baptism. “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Gal. 3:27 NKJV) To be baptized into Christ is to be baptized into his body.
I have quoted the passage from Eph. 5:23 a few different times in this article where it is said Jesus is the “Savior of the body.” If you will read but 2 verses on down you will begin reading as follows, “Christ also loved the church and gave himself for it, that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish.” (Eph. 5:25-27 NKJV) Let me ask you one thing. What did Christ cleanse the church of “with the washing of water (baptism – DS) by the word”? To ask is to answer – sin. If you think spiritual cleansing of sin does not come by “the washing of water by the word” then you must explain why the Holy Spirit said it did while not meaning what he said. If you are not careful you will have him saying one thing while meaning another which begins to question his integrity.
Those who think they can enter the body of Christ some other way than by being baptized, as Peter said, for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38) will search in vain for the passage that teaches it. No one is a Christian who has not been baptized despite years of manmade tradition that teaches otherwise. One can either choose to believe his Bible or believe men. I tire of hearing men talk of faith who have no faith – who will not believe plain statements of scripture. I can find several passages that say we are baptized into Christ, that it is for the remission of sins, that it saves, etc. – teachings along those lines. Those who oppose this teaching oppose every passage I produce and yet can find no passage in support of their own proposition that it does not save or have anything at all to do with man’s initial salvation.
If one enters the body of Christ by baptism (1 Cor. 12:13) and that is where salvation is found for his body, the church, is what Christ is saving then what do you think you ought to do with regards to baptism? If you think one can enter that body without baptism why not teach us all how that Jesus, Peter, and Paul were all mistaken in the things they taught on the subject and set us straight. Teach us why that while Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV) the truth is “He who believes and is ‘not’ baptized will be saved.”
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