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What Jesus Said About Baptism


Matthew 28:18-20

My granddaughter and I went to the Caverns of Sonora last week and had a wonderful time…but on the way home I made a wrong turn and soon we realized that we were going the wrong way…we were lost.

Now, I believe that is what people need to do when it comes to their eternal salvation…perhaps even some here this morning.

Now, this morning, I want to look at something that a lot of people who claim to be saved…or who claim to be disciple’s of Christ have never done even though the Lord Himself commands it for salvation. Look again at the passage that was read: Matthew 28:18-20.

18        And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19   “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20        teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

These are the final “marching orders”….the final instructions of Christ to the church while He was still here on earth.

Now, every religious group that considers Christ to be Lord obeys 3 of these 4 commands.

But, why is it that they leave baptism out?

MARK 16:15-16       And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16        “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

Notice in this passage what baptism is associated with?

Faith and baptism go hand in hand.

JOHN 3:3-7   Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”4          Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?”5          Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.6          “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.7          “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’


Notice there in verse 7 that Jesus says, “You must be born again.”

If you desire to enter into the kingdom of heaven and spend an eternity with God, you must be born again of “water and the spirit.”

Now, a lot of people want to take this passage and say that the “water here is not talking about baptism.”

Jesus Himself is saying, “You will not enter into the kingdom of God unless you are born of water…and the Spirit.”

One more passage for this morning….there are others that I want to consider but I will do them another day….turn to ACTS 2:38

Peter had been preaching about Jesus and telling the people that when they crucified Him they crucified the Messiah…and the people cry out, “What shall we do? And Peter says:

 38        “Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.


Now notice how Peter said, “Repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins.”?

Well let me share with you three thoughts concerning this passage.

Turn with me to Matt. 26 and look at verse 27.

Jesus is instituting the Lord’s Supper and he gives his disciples the cup and in verse 27 he says:

 “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.”

 Where Jesus says, “FOR the forgiveness of sins”…that is the exact same word used in Acts 2:38 when Peter says, “FOR the forgiveness of sins.”

Another thing I want you to think about here.

Another thought….

This passage says what it says.

It says, “Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

No one is saved…no one comes into the presence of God…no one enters into the kingdom of heaven still bearing their sins.

Now let me close with this.

Someone might say, “Well, what’s the big deal.” “What difference does it make?”

I will tell you. Didn’t Jesus say, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”?

But the reason I am so concerned about this…and the reason you should be so concerned about this…is because people by the thousands and thousands…are believing they are saved…when in reality….they are not.

And what adds to the tragedy of this is…some of us who have been baptized for the remission of our sins….are almost indifferent to this horrible teaching…

 What this dangerous doctrine should do is it should break our hearts and motivate us to oppose it like we would any other false teaching that leads people astray.

What about you this morning?

Were you “baptized for the forgiveness of your sins?”  Or were you forgiven separate and apart from baptism.

Were you saved when you were baptized? Or were you saved….even without baptism?

Think about how and when you were saved?

If it wasn’t in accordance with what the Bible says…it may be that you were never saved at all.

Please, give it some serious, prayerful thought.

Don’t take a chance with this.

We are talking about an eternity in heaven or an eternity in hell.

Don’t you want to make sure you have it right?

Right according to what Jesus says:

“He who has believed and has been baptized, shall be saved.”

If you want to study about this more…please come see me.

If you want to just get it right this morning…we are here to assist you.

If you want to give your life to Christ…and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins…what ever your need is….