Welcome to Berean Perspective Apologetics. In this short video teaching we answer some of the many questions that Christians and non-Christians ask regarding water baptism and salvation. Like, does water baptism save you? Do I need to be water baptized to be saved? Is it necessary to be water baptized to for salvation? Is water baptism a part of the gospel? Some of the key Scriptures examined are Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, and 1 Peter 3:21.
In this teaching we look at what does the Bible teach on water baptism, discussing Hebrew words like Tevilah (immersion) and Mikvah/Mikveh (to be immersed in liver water) and understanding the Jewish culture in the Old Testament Scriptures. (Tanakh) Tevliah represents water baptism which means to repent from one’s way of life of impurity and self, and to turn to follow God. When a person would be immersed in water, they would do so in a Mikvah/Mikveh, in a body of living water. In order to understand what baptism represents in the New Testament, it is prudent to understand what baptism (immersion) means in the Old Testament, in the Jewish culture and what Hebrew words mean in their context.
1. Does Water Baptism save you?
2. Do a person need to be water baptized for salvation?
3. Is water baptism necessary for a person to be saved; is water baptism necessary for salvation? Is that the gospel message?
4. What must I do to be saved? What must a person believe to be saved?
5. What did Jesus teach for a person to be saved?
6. What did Peter and Paul (the apostles) teach for a person to be saved?
7. What does Acts 2:38 teach about water baptism and salvation?
8. What does 1 Peter 3:21 teach about water baptism and salvation?
9. What does Mark 16:16 teach about water baptism and salvation?
10. What 1 Corinthians 1:17 teach about water baptism, the gospel, and salvation?
11. What does the Old Testament teach on water baptism and salvation?
12. What does the New Testament teach on water baptism and salvation?
Bible Answers with Scriptures:
1. Acts 2:38 (baptism represented a new way of life, to repent from the old way of life and to follow Jesus as Messiah and Lord.
2. Acts 10:39-48. (they were water baptized after believing in Jesus and receiving the Holy Spirit)
3. 1 Peter 3:21. (not the removal of dirt from the flesh but a good conscience)
4. Matthew 28:19. (baptized after becoming a disciple)
5. Mark 16:15-16. (a person is not condemned for not being water baptized but for disbelieving in Jesus)
6. 1 Corinthians 1:17-18 (Paul was not sent to baptize but to preach the gospel)
7. Ephesians 1:13-14. (when a person hears the gospel and believes it they become born again and receive the Holy Spirit)
8. Romans 10:9-13. (what is required to be saved is trusting in Jesus’ death, the cross, and His resurrection, and calling upon Him for salvation)
9. 2 Corinthians 5:17. (When a person turns to follow Jesus and become born again, they are now a new creation, a fresh start)
10. 1 Corinthians 12:13. (when someone has become a Christian, they inwardly have become baptized spiritually alive, a new creation, and are now a part of the body of Christ)
11. Acts 17:11. (we are to examine the Scriptures, test what we hear, and follow what the Bible teaches)
In short water baptism does not save anyone, not the physical part of it. What saves anyone, it is them repenting and putting their trust in Jesus Christ solely, (spiritual baptism) in His death, the cross, and His resurrection, and that He is their Lord and Saviour. That is the gospel message, that is the good news, and that is what the apostles taught.
The New Testament does not teach that water baptism is necessary for someone to be saved, that is a false teaching among various cults and religions. What is necessary for a person to be saved is to repent and trust in Jesus, receiving Him as their atonement and following Him. In turn they will be water baptized out of obedience to follow Jesus.
It is important for Christians and those desiring to follow Jesus Christ to understand this, that being water baptized (Hebrew Telivah; Greek Baptizo/Baptismo) represents a person who is repenting from the ways of the world and themselves, and putting their trust in Jesus Christ to be saved and have life. When a person was immersed in the Old Testament (Hebrew Tanakh) they would be dipped in a body of living water, (Hebrew Mikvah/Mikveh) representing newness of life. In the New Testament when a person trusts in Jesus and is immersed, (Greek Baptizo/Baptismo) they are committing to a new way of life, turning (repenting) from their past and having a fresh start.
Hope this video teaching answers some of those Bible questions on water baptism, and helps bring clarification to what the Bible teaches on what a person must believe to be saved. If you have any comments or questions please share them with in a respectful way.