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HOW DOES BAPTISM SAVE?
The immediate response to this question by millions is that baptism has nothing to do with salvation. But, scripturally speaking, it does! The Apostle Peter makes it very plain (I Pet. 3:20-21), explaining that baptism produces a good conscience toward God. This is because the guilt of sin is removed in the act of baptism (Acts 2:38).
We are not told why God chose baptism as the means for remission of sins, nor are we told how sins are remitted. We are told that Jesus shed his blood in his death (John 19:30-37) and that baptism is into his death (Rom. 6:3). Therefore, the blood of Christ is contacted in baptism, and his blood was shed for the remission of sins (Matt. 26:28).
Instead of our contradicting the plain message from heaven, we should be thankful that God, through his great mercy and love, chose a means so plain and simple that every responsible person can obey if he has the faith to believe it.
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