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Does baptism guarantee my salvation?

Baptism and Salvation

Baptism in itself does not guarantee our salvation because it doesn’t change the heart of man. It’s only a symbolic ceremony of that change. A man might be baptized but he has no faith, no repentance to sin and no fruits. It is the transforming power of the Holy Spirit that changes the heart in conversion not baptism.

Salvation comes only as a free gift from Jesus Christ when one experiences the new birth (Ephesians 2:8). Baptism is a symbol of true conversion, and unless conversion precedes baptism, the ceremony is meaningless. Conversion is the foundation of a true Christian experience. The Holy Spirit cannot do His work of transformation until a man is willing to allow God to lead his life (Revelation 3:20).

Jesus said to Nicodemus, “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 3:5). To be born of water and of the Spirit is to “born from above” (John 1:12, 13). When Jesus spoke these words, the concept of baptism was not strange to the Jews for it was practiced by the Essenes. And John himself baptized his fellow Jews in the river Jordan (Matthew 3:5, 6, 11).

Yet, the Pharisees, who claimed to be righteousness, refused John’s baptism (Luke 7:30) simply because the prophet made it the sign of repentance (Matthew 3:6). Nicodemus expected to be admitted to God’s kingdom on the basis of just being a child of Abraham. But Jesus explained to him that anything less than a full conversion by the power of the Holy Spirit was not enough (Romans 6:3–6).

To be “born of water and of the Spirit” is the same as to being “born again,” that is, “from above” (John 3:3). Those who are born from above are sons of the Almighty and reflect Him in character (1 John 3:1–3; John 8:39, 44). They live by His grace, strive to overcome sin (Romans 6:12–16), and do not submit their wills to the evil one (1 John 3:9; 5:18).

In summary, baptism does not insure that we are saved but it is repentance from sin that does. The Bible teaches, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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