Would you please cite and quote scriptures that state the purpose for baptism in water in Jesus's name, (which was commanded beginning at the Great Commission, Pentecost, and onward)? The passage(s) needs to include the word baptism or a derivative thereof (e.g.- baptized).
Edward, let me approach your question in this manner, maybe this might satisfy your question, but most likely it will not, nevertheless, let me add more, so you may see why I use the scriptures above the way I did. What follows should prove this to you.
1st Peter 3:21~"The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:"The like figure~
There are two figures or pictures here ~ the ark in the previous verse, baptism in this verse. A figure is a symbolic picture representing something in reality (Romans 5:14; Hebrews 9:9). The adjective like indicates the figure of baptism is similar to another figure in context. The adverb also in this first clause further confirms at least two things being considered. Noah’s ark and water baptism
are two figures: both are a picture of salvation in Christ
. Most translations and commentators have only one figure ~the ark is a figure of baptism! They have a vested interest in baptism not being a figure (like the coc) like all baby sprinklers.
There are a few requirements for a scriptural baptism, and this one verse teaches three of them. The three requirements taught here are the proper subject, mode, and design of baptism
. It is amazing to see what modern translations have done to corrupt all three requirements. Around 90-95% of all so-called Christians cannot learn baptism’s three requirements.
This verse about baptism is the most definitive verse in the entire Bible
about this ordinance. It is amazing to read works on baptism that do not mention this verse or quite neglect it. It is amazing to see what modern translations have done to corrupt all three requirements. Why cannot 90-95% see this simple truth? Tradition above scripture
; they will not be fools for Jesus; the truth is for few, like 8 in context; God sends delusion (2nd Thess. 2:9-12).Baptism is a figure of resurrection
, as the verse’s grammar requires, and as the Bible teaches. The grammar, by ignoring the parenthetical element, connects the figure to resurrection
Bible baptism, which is immersion or submersion, is a picture of burial and resurrection. Paul thoroughly identified the burial and resurrection figure of water baptism (Romans 6:3-5).
Without this understanding of baptism=resurrection, you have no hope with Ist Corinthians 15:29.Whereunto even baptism~
Having introduced Noah and the ark for several reasons, Peter applied its figure to baptism. To this point in Ist Peter 3:18-22, no reader could know where he was going until these words.Doth also now save us~
The adverb also in this first clause further confirms at least two figures
are being considered. The ark literally saved from water; Jesus literally saved His elect from the second death. The ark figuratively saved by figuring Jesus; baptism figuratively saves
by figuring Jesus.
How does baptism save? It saves figuratively, because baptism has been defined as a figure
There is real salvation in Jesus Christ’s resurrection mentioned in this verse (Rom 4:25). Baptism pictures
that resurrection in a figure by its burial and rising again from water.
There is no real saving efficacy, power, value in baptism, for the next clause confirms it. When the Bible says baptism washes away sins (Acts 22:16), it only does so figuratively
A good conscience answering God in baptism is evidence of eternal life (Mark 16:16). The will and works of man are entirely rejected as having any role in eternal life whatsoever.Not the putting away of the filth of the flesh~
A very damning and destructive heresy in church history is the premise that baptism saves. Once you accept this premise for your reasoning, then you will corrupt much more truth.
Since water may not be available for an immersion, many have invented sprinkling or pouring. Since many died in infancy, heretics comforted mothers by baptizing their babies, and the consistent Presbyterians doing this will also stuff the Lord’s Supper in their little mouths. Since infants miscarry, and they hold to original sin, they also use intrauterine baptism. Since Campbellites baptize believers, they deny original sin for the age of accountability.
Since Mormons require a Mormon baptism, they invented baptism for dead relatives. Baptismal regeneration or salvation is a terrible lie that has corrupted “Christianity.”
They must at all costs maintain the RCC heresy and premise that baptism saves the soul. Therefore, when they find God denying their profanity, they alter His words like in Eden. They change the words filth of the flesh … to … dirt of the body in words or meaning. The terms here define, demand, and prove the design of water baptism~no means of salvation from sin and condemnation.
Water baptism does not remove or take away sins or sin nature in any literal or real way. Remember, this definitive baptism text began by declaring it was a figurative ordinance! A figurative ordinance does not have saving efficacy in any literal or real way. Grasp it! What is the filth of the flesh not? It is not a dirty body as Campbellites and others hallucinate. It is not the dirt of the body, because no convert in human history has ever thought such. It is not the dirt of the body, because the good conscience here is about sin and salvation. It is not the dirt of the body, because baptism is for repentance of sins, not a dirty body. Filth of the flesh is not bodily dirt, or we would have to hold bathtub holiness (2nd Corinthians 7:1)!
What is the filth of the flesh here? It is the sins and or the sin nature of man’s fleshly nature. It is the sins and sinfulness of man resulting from the lusts of his flesh in context (2:11). It is the sins and sinfulness of man that will sink his soul into the lake of fire. (Revelation 22:11). Peter further defined and explained in his second epistle about the flesh (2nd Peter 2:10,18). Paul defined and explained about the flesh as sins to be forgiven by Christ (Colossians 2:11,13). Jude used filthy, italicized preserved interpolation, for sinful, wicked dreams (Jude 1:8).
Baptism does not put away sin, sins, or sin nature, and any thought to the contrary is heresy. Baptism only saves figuratively, which is the premise on which this entire verse is built.
Baptism is by those with good consciences, which can only come after regeneration! Putting away sins was by the finished work of Christ (John 19:30; Hebrews 1:3; 10:10-14). Man’s will or works, even righteous works, are rejected (Titus 3:5; John 1:13; Romans 9:15-16).But the answer of a good conscience toward God~
Because of their false premise that baptism saves, 90-95% of “Christians” baptize infants. They have absolutely no Bible basis for any infant ever being baptized by the apostles. Infants do not have an active conscience, nor can they express themselves toward God. Their consciences cannot, do not, and will not ever come close to believing or answering. So the RCC and others invent godparents to answer for the infants … defying John 1:13! So the RCC and others invent confirmation to get an answer later … defying Acts 8:37!The terms here define, demand, and prove the subject of baptism~a regenerated believer.
Water baptism requires a conscience~consciousness of right and wrong; infants do not qualify.
The issue at stake in salvation is a conscience understanding guilt and forgiveness of sin. This conscience can declare repudiation of past sins and commit to a life of discipleship. An infant can never do these things, and others cannot do them for an infant (John 1:13). Thus, Baptists have traditionally referred to water baptism as believer’s baptism. Amen!
The condition for baptism is a good conscience, which requires maturity and regeneration! A bad conscience is under condemnation and guilt of sin without remedy (Heb 10:1-3). A good conscience must hear and believe the true gospel of forgiveness and justification. It must make a conscious choice itself, which some did and some did not (Luke 7:29-30).
A man not born again is dead in sins with a wicked conscience (Rom 8:7-8; Eph 2:1-3). Water baptism is the answer of that good conscience to God for sending Jesus Christ for it. Baptism is not a bad conscience asking for God to save it by water for it to become good
. Baptism is the individual ordinance of a person thanking God for saving by Jesus’ death. When one hears and believes the gospel, it purges the conscience for baptism (Hebrews 9:14). The fabulous news of Jesus Christ’s finished work clears the conscience (Hebrews 10:19-22). Modern translations and commentators show a profane perversity by corrupting this point. They must at all costs maintain the RCC heretical practice that infants are to be baptized. Therefore, when they find God denying their profanity, they alter His words like in Eden.They alter answer of a good conscience … to … appeal or request in words or meaning.
Because Philip required the Ethiopian to believe first, they delete Acts 8:37 altogether! Discipleship is required in baptism, which precludes or warns about baptizing little children. More is required than faith in Jesus, for commitment to a new life is included (Romans 6:3-5). John required works meet for repentance when Pharisees came to his baptism (Matthew 3:8).By the resurrection of Jesus Christ~
Proper baptism, burial and resurrection in water, is a figurative picture of Jesus’ resurrection
. The connection here defines, demands, and proves the mode of water baptism ~immersion. Baptism must be a figure of salvation in Jesus Christ, for that is what is written thus far. Baptism must be a figure of Jesus Christ’s resurrection by connection to this last phrase. Only baptism by immersion has a figure or picture of any kind at all of body resurrection. The Bible’s one Author, the Holy Spirit, confirms this in Romans 6:3-5 and Ist Corinthians 15:29. If you do not see baptism must show resurrection, you cannot handle Ist Corinthians 15:29!
For the reasons stated in scripture, that I asked you to cite and quote, which you side stepped. They do exist. Why didn't you find those verses and post them here?
Now you have it, let me see what you will do with it. Let's see who will side-stepped now.