“and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,”
-1 Peter 3:21 NIV
I don’t like to rock the boat. Ever. But baptism is a controversial topic among Christians and I can’t help but speak the Truth. Most Non-Catholic and Non-Lutheran Christian churches today believe that baptism is merely a symbol, an outward act that conveys nothing, but symbolizes one’s decision to accept Christ into their hearts. Problem is, the Bible never says anything about making a decision for Christ, or accepting Him into one’s heart. The Bible does say a lot about how baptism saves us. For starters, look at the first 10 words above. Couldn’t be more clear. But one might ask, HOW does baptism save me? Fair enough. Acts 2:38 teaches that through baptism we receive the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:3 teaches that without the Holy Spirit, no one can say “Jesus is Lord.” Since we need the Holy Spirit in order to believe, and since baptism gives the Holy Spirit, it is truly good, right, and salutary to say “Baptism saves you (not to mention the fact that the Bible says the very same thing). It saves us by giving us the Holy Spirit who enables us to believe. Rejoice that you are baptized. Rejoice every day in the fact that the Holy Spirit lives in you and enables you to believe that Jesus is YOUR Savior. Rejoice that because you believe and are baptized, you will be saved.