MODULE 3.2 Can water baptism save me?

The answer to this question is No. Being baptized in water will not save you. A single immersion in a body of water will not cleanse your sins or the sins of anyone else. Jesus is the only one who can rescue you because he offered himself as a holy sacrifice acceptable by God so that you could get forgiveness from God for your rebellion against him. Jesus rose from the grave so that you might be justified before God to receive the Holy Spirit from his Father. After receiving the Holy Spirit, you can be a testimony for him as you create disciples for him, and you can show you are a child of God. Jesus also rose from the grave so that you may have a wonderful future with him and his Father in his kingdom, which is heaven but will descend to earth when God renews the earth and the heavens. He did this for you to have eternal life with him. Jesus currently serves as the your representative and his chosen people by sitting on a majestic throne to the right of the Father. He will one day return to live with the Father for all eternity (Hebrews 1:3, 12:2; 1 Peter 3:22; Acts 7;55-56).

To get a deeper appreciation for what Jesus did for you, let’s read, believe, and obey the following passages:
  • Matthew 26:28, “For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
  • John 1:29, “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
  • Acts 4:12, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among me by which we must be saved.”
  • Hebrews 9: 24-28, “For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once and for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
  • 1 John 1:8-9, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”