Corey Johnson

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IF A PERSON CAN BE SAVED BEFORE BAPTISM

INTRODUCTION:

1.  If a person can be saved before baptism, the Bible would not be necessary.

2.  If a person can be saved before baptism, we would not have to believe or obey the commands found in the New Testament.

3.  If a person can be saved before baptism, we would still be in our sins.

BODY:

1.  IF A PERSON CAN BE SAVED BEFORE BAPTISM, THE BIBLE WOULD NOT BE NECESSARY.

     A.  Turn with me to 1 Peter 3:21 (KJV).

           1.  Notice: “the like figure whereunto even baptism doth now save us.”

                 A.  If baptism does not save, then what else in the Bible can we disregard?

                       1.  What about faith? Does it come from hearing and hearing by the Word of God?

                             A.  Rom. 10:17

                                   1.  Is faith even necessary?

                                        A.  Heb. 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him.

                                   2.  What about grace? Are we saved by grace through faith?

                                         A.  Eph. 2:5, 8

                                               1.  Is grace necessary?

                                                    A. Eph. 1:6-7 He gave us His blood for the forgiveness of our sins by His grace.

                                   3.  If a person can be saved before baptism, then:

                                         A.  The Bible is a liar.

                                         B.  Then, why would we believe faith is necessary? Because the Bible says so?

                                               1.  The Bible says baptism saves.

                                         C.  Why would we believe grace saves? Because the Bible says?

                                               1.  Again, the Bible says baptism saves.

                                         D.  If a person can be saved before baptism, then the Bible is not necessary for salvation!

                                               1.  Throw it out, because nothing it says can be believed.

2. IF A PERSON CAN BE SAVED BEFORE BAPTISM, WE WOULD NOT HAVE TO BELIEVE OR OBEY THE COMMANDS FOUND IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.

            A. Matt. 28:19-20 Jesus commands to teach all nations and then, once they are taught, to baptize them.

                        1. In the account written by Mark, we find that the person who believes and is baptized is saved.

                                    A. Our Lord commanded to teach and baptize, then salvation comes.

                                                1.  If salvation came before baptism, then we could ignore this command.

                                    B. If we can ignore the command that brings salvation to the believer who believes and is baptized, then what other command can be ignored?

                                                1. What about the command to love one another?

                                                     A. John 13:34 A new commandment I give you, That ye love one another.

                                                          1. Why would we have to follow this command to love one another?

                                                               A. Again, throw the Bible out, because we do not have to believe or obey what Jesus commanded or said. He commanded them to baptize (Matthew) and said that those who believe and are baptized are saved (Mark).

                                                                    1. If one can be saved before baptism, then Jesus was a liar.

3.  IF A PERSON CAN BE SAVED BEFORE BAPTISM, THEN WE WOULD STILL BE IN OUR SINS.

    A.  Acts 2:38 Notice, remission of sins does not occur until one is baptized.

          1.  Matthew recorded that the blood of Christ was shed for the remission of sin.

               A.  Matt. 26:28

                     1   If a person can be saved before baptism, then that person does not need the blood of Christ.

                          A. The book of Matthew says the blood of Christ was shed for the remission of sins.

                          B. Acts 2:38 says remission of sin comes after baptism.

                          C. Thus, we can conclude that the blood washes us clean of sins, only after baptism.

    B.  If one can be saved before baptism, then he is saved before the body of sin is destroyed or he is dead to sin.

          1.  Rom. 6:1-7

               A.  Baptism is a death.

                     1. Rom. 6:3

               B.  Baptism plants us together with Christ in the likeness of His death.

                     1. Rom. 6:5

               C.  Baptism is where the old man is crucified.

                     1. Rom. 6:6

               D.  Baptism is where the body of sin is destroyed.

                     1. Rom. 6:6

               E.  Baptism is where the sinner is dead and thus freed from sin.

                     1. Rom. 6:7

                     2. Notice: if one can be saved before baptism, he is saved before:

                         A.  He is dead to sin.

                         B.  Before he is planted together with Christ.

                         C.  Before the old man is crucified.

                         D.  Before the body of sin is destroyed.

                         E.  Before he is freed from sin.

                     3.  If he is saved before baptism, this verse means that he is saved five different ways while still in sin.

                          A. Rom. 6:23 For the wages of sin is death.

                               1. It is not possible for anyone to be saved without their sins being forgiven.

CONCLUSION:

1.  If a person can be saved before baptism:

            A.  The Bible would not be necessary for salvation.

            B.  We would not have to believe or obey the commands in the New Testament.

            C.  One could be saved while still in their sins.

2.  How ridiculous this is! Would anyone claiming Christianity say this? But, it is what people teach when they remove baptism from salvation.