πŸ‘‘ Baptism And The Remission Of Sins

β€œHe that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (MarkΒ 16:16).

The twelve apostles preached and practiced exactly this. When Peter’s hearers at Pentecost were convicted of their sins and asked: β€œMen and brethren, what shall we do” Peter did not tell them that Christ had died for their sins and that they could receive salvation as the gift of God’s grace, apart from religion or works. Rather he said:

β€œRepent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (ActsΒ 2:38).

Years ago, in a series of debates on dispensationalism, the author asked his opponent: β€œSuppose, after aΒ SundayΒ evening service, some of your hearers were convicted of their sins and asked you and your co-workers: β€˜Men and brethren, what shall we do?’ Would you tell them what Peter told his convicted sinners at Pentecost?”

β€œWhy, of course!” he exclaimed.

β€œIn those words?” I persisted.

He thought for a moment and then replied: β€œWell, I guess not exactly in those words.”

The fact is that this pastor would not at all have said to his hearers what Peter said to his. Even though a Baptist, he would not have said: β€œRepent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins,” for he believed that subjection to water baptism should be left to each person’s conscience, and he did not believe that it had anything to do with salvation. He would doubtless have said to any inquirers what Paul said when the convicted Gentile jailor asked: β€œWhat must I do to be saved?” Like Paul, he would have replied: β€œBelieve on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.. .” (ActsΒ 16:31). Peter at Pentecost preached what he was commanded to preach under his commission: β€œHe that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (MarkΒ 16:16), but when God raised up Paul, that other apostle, He sent him to proclaim β€œthe gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24) and the finished work of Christ. source

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