Jesus’ last word on salvation was: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16 NKJV). It is baptism, not faith, that puts one into the saving benefit of Jesus’ death, as the Apostle Paul wrote: “do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?” (Romans 6:3 NKJV). Pitting verses on “faith” against verses on “baptism” was the kind of thing Pharisees did that Jesus condemned. “Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition” (Matthew 15:6 NKJV). Some say, “baptism is non-essential,” but Jesus said it was. Since “baptism” is into Jesus’ death, how can anyone be saved before it?
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.