Michael, 4WD has given a direct answer to your question. A believer who repents and is baptised shall be saved. I would argue AND confesses with his lips that Jesus is Lord. One who is not saved is an unbeliever who is condemned.
Yes he did. And clearly you agree with him except that you add the matter of the literal confessing that Jesus is Lord.
So, in reply, I would have to refer you to my response to him in Reply # 332.
In addition to that, with regards the scriptures which says "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.", in a word, I would say is none other but "repentance".
In commentary, those who repents not toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ, will not be saved, but will be condemned. And those who repents toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved. The matter of baptism here is not as though it is some requirement for one to be saved. Rather, it is the rite by which the repentance of one toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ is profoundly expressed. Needless to say, that this expression is not necessary to God, for God is all knowing and sees all things, even the heart of man.
Then why mention the baptism there? We must be careful not to get out of the context where Jesus said the following "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned." Let me post a couple of passages to refresh us of the context.
Mark 16:14 Later He appeared to the eleven
as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief
and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized
will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Matthew 28:16 Then the eleven disciples
went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted
. 18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
So we can see that Mk. 16:16 was told by Jesus to the eleven disciples
, in connection to what He was commanding them to do. It was not something Jesus is commanding to someone else but His 11 disciples. And what He commands of them is, first, to go into all the world and preach the gospel to all, and second, to make disciples by baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
It is in this context that Jesus said to them "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned." So, one could understand that the baptism is a command to the eleven to obey, and that, in connection to making disciples. Moreover, let's go further to another passage relevant to this matter.
Acts 8:34 So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.
36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?
37 Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.
And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
From the scriptures cited above, we are told, and it is clear, that what Philip preached to the eunuch is Jesus. Now, try and ponder upon what the eunuch said next and the answer of Philip. He said, "See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized
?” He wanted to be baptized. Philip in response said to him "If you believe with all your heart, you may
So, we can see that it necessitates for one to believe with all his heart in Jesus Christ before he may
be baptized. Having pointed that out, and going back to Mark 16:16, it is this sense that baptism was mentioned there. A sense that points back to the matter of believing, that is, "believing with all your heart". Apparently, what this says concerning baptism, being mentioned in Mk.16:16, is that, anyone who is baptized is taken to be a truly sincere believer in Christ. Only in this sense and with this sense, that it could be said that anyone who is baptized will be saved. It actually then reinforces and points to the matter of believing, indicative of a "believing with all your heart" sense, and not some salvation rite requirement.
But though while that could be said, it is in the believing in Jesus Christ that really matters and makes the difference. For it is in believing that one comes to be in Christ. And he is saved
, but not on the account his believing nor of his being baptized, nor of anything else for that matter, but on account of Christ
What I can perhaps say concerning baptism as being a necessary ritual requirement, and that, not really for salvation but to fulfill righteousness, is on the matter of making disciples, as was with the 11 disciples concerning their ministry. Remember, even Jesus was baptized.