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Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation?
Source of this article is https://carm.org/is-baptism-necessary-salvation by Matt Slick
One of the most nagging questions in Christianity is whether or not baptism is necessary for salvation. The answer is a simple, "No, water baptism is not necessary for salvation."
Baptism is not necessary for salvation.
It is the initiatory sign and seal into the covenant of grace.
As circumcision referred to the cutting away of sin and to a change of heart (Deut. 10:16; 30:6; Jer. 4:4; 9:25, 26; Ezk.44:7, 9) baptism refers to the washing away of sin (Acts 2:38; 1 Pet. 3:21; Tit. 3:5) and to spiritual renewal (Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:11-12).
The circumcision of the heart is signified by the circumcision of the flesh, that is, baptism (Col. 2:11-12).
One last thought:
If someone maintains that baptism is necessary for salvation, is he adding a work, his own, to the finished work of Christ?
If the answer is yes, then that person would be in terrible risk of not being saved.
If the answer is no, then why is baptism maintained as being necessary the same way as the Jews maintained that works were necessary?