from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation" (Romans 10:9, 10). True faith will speak out its convictions about Jesus. Faith expresses itself in baptism, or immersion in water. Baptism is a burial in water. Paul wrote: "Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection," (Romans 6:3,4). Note in the examples of conversion given in Acts that in every case people were baptized. They were baptized for salvation (Acts 2:38, 22:16), in order to have their sins forgiven and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is a must in our response to God's plan to save us in Christ.

Baptism -- Our Entrance Into a New Relationship

Baptism in the New Testament was a condition of salvation. In being baptized, we receive the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38), the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38), are added to the church (Acts 2:47), and brought into Christ (Galatians 3:26,27). Baptism is the climactic act of the new birth (John 3:3-5; Titus 3:5). Baptism is a pledge and a declaration on our part: it expresses our intention to live the future righteously under the Lordship of Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17). Baptism is also the "resurrection" to the new life. Paul says baptism is our own re-enactment of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (Romans 6:1-4). In baptism, by faith, we re-enact Jesus' death, burial and resurrection. It is our birthday, our entrance into a new relationship with God through Christ where we become a new creation!

Salvation Becomes a
Reality in Jesus

When we have obeyed Christ, we have accepted what God has planned for us in Christ. This way of salvation was planned by God in eternity, nurtured in patience through the ages, and brought to its reality in Jesus. In Him we find all that is necessary to forgive our sins of the past, all we need to help us in the present. In Jesus there is opened to us a future beyond description. This is what Qod has done for each of us who accepts what He offers. He has done this for you! In the face of such love and patience, will you respond to God's plan in Jesus Christ? Your response to this question will determine where you spend eternity!

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