He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. -Mark 16:16 NKJV
“He who believes and is baptized will be saved.” That is absolutely true. Further, anyone who believes in Jesus, trusts Him as Savior, should be baptized by immersion.
What happens if someone believes but cannot be baptized? Many Bible verses tell us what happens immediately when someone believes (John 3:16; 5:24; 6:40; 20:31; Acts 10:43; 16:31; Romans 10:9-13; and many others). If you believe in Jesus, you will be saved and have everlasting life, period.
So, if you believe in Jesus and do anything else, you will be saved. Mark just puts belief and baptism, the first commandment to a new Christian, together. If you believe and join the church, you will be saved. If you believe and mow the church yard, you will be saved. If you believe and buy a pickup truck, you will be saved! You are saved, made right with God, by believing in Jesus.
Notice Mark 16:16 says if you do not believe you will be condemned. It does not say if you are not baptized you will be condemned.
All believers should be baptized, but baptism is not a part of salvation. It is a good work. Baptism is a picture, a symbol of salvation, but not salvation itself.
He who believes in the Son has everlasting life. -John 3:36
-David R. Brumbelow, P.O. Box 300, Lake Jackson, TX 77566. David is a Baptist preacher and author of “Ancient Wine and the Bible.” See “Acts 2:38” & “Mark 16:16” at gulfcoastpastor.blogspot.com.
The above is the second article published in the Brazoria County News, West Columbia, TX. The article was published in two issues in 2019. It, and the previous article, “Does Baptism Save? No,” were in reply to numerous articles published over the years in the same paper from the “Church of Christ” perspective. I believed readers should hear the other side of the issue.
A newspaper ad, of course, must be short, concise. For more in-depth discussion, see other articles here on “Baptism,” “Mark 16:16” and “Acts 2:38.”
-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, July 7, AD 2020.
PS – I’ve been busy and in transition the last several months. So you have not heard much of me on the internet. Lord willing, that will change in the coming weeks and months.
Thanks to Raquel for checking in on me at the last article.
To all, thanks for reading and may God bless you. Hope these articles are helpful. -DRB
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