Essay on Baptism From The New Testament

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Baptism also brings about the forgiveness of sins. Acts 2:38 says, “And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” The forgiveness received through baptism is not simply acquired through the external act of baptism. Rather, it is a gift from God after you fulfill his desire for you to be baptized. Beasley-Murray explains it like this, “the grace offered in baptism, as in the Eucharist, is no impersonal influence, injected through material substances, but the gracious action of God Himself.” (G.R. Beasley-Murray, Baptism in the New Testament, pg. 265). This comes about through baptism because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ! “Baptism saves, not because water washes away dirt from the body, but as the occasion when a man is met by the Risen Christ.” (G.R. Beasley-Murray, Baptism in the New Testament, pg. 265). This forgiveness, in turn, makes us clean and acceptable to God. ”And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11, ESV).
Another thing in the New Testament that we see baptism give is entry into the body of believers or the church. Although baptism does involve your individual relationship with God, it also involves attesting to your faith through baptism in front of a group of believers. “The nature of baptism…

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