Matthew 21:23-27 – There was no old testament scripture talking about baptism.
John 1:29-34 – John the Baptist knew baptism didn’t take away sins because he said John 1:29. See also Mark 1:4. He baptised the Lord Jesus Christ who didn’t need to have any sins forgiven. So that wasn’t the purpose.
- Manifestation of the Lord Jesus Christ
- People don’t see eternal life, peace with God, gift of righteousness, or the Holy Spirit of God, but Christ can be manifest in a scriptural baptism.
Matthew 3:15 – It’s a work of righteousness, not for salvation, but to fulfill righteousness. Because it is a work of righteousness, it placed a division among the people and stopped the mouths of these priests.
Matthew 28:19-20 – Baptism is obedience to God. Just like serving God with your time, with your money, with your abilities is all obedience to God.
Acts 8:34-40 – Belief is the criteria. Going under the water and coming out of the water is how to baptise.
Acts 10:44-48 – These Gentiles believe in Jesus Christ, they receive the Holy Ghost, THEN they’re baptized.
Acts 16:30-33 – Saved is by belief in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 19:1-7 John the Baptist is baptizing people and telling them to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Baptism was an act of obedience but it is separate from receiving the Holy Ghost.