Can one be saved without baptism, that is, outside the body of Christ as some teach? As with all spiritual matters, let us consult the only true authority, the Word of God. Ephesians 1:3 says, blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places “in” Christ. This verse clearly states that all blessings are “in” Christ. The word “all” covers every spiritual blessing, and none are left out. Therefore I endure all things for the elects sake that they may obtain the salvation that is “in” Christ (II Tim. 2:10). And this is the record, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is “in” His Son (I John 5:11). Here again we find the word “in” Christ. We can then confidently deduct that we must be “in” Christ to receive all spiritual blessings and be saved. This being the case, then one might logically ask, “How do we get “into” the body of Christ?” And again, let us look to the bible for the answer. Galatians 3:27 clearly states, For as many of you who have been baptized “into” Christ, have put on Christ. For by one spirit, we are all baptized “into” one body (I Cor 12:13). Know ye not that so many of us were baptized “into” Jesus Christ were baptized into His death. Therefor we are buried with Him by baptism into death that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:3-4). Therefor the only logical conclusion must be, that we can only get “into” the body of Christ through baptism.

The Lord says in John 14:15, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” Conversely, if we do not keep His commandments, then obviously we do not love Him. Could it be that some of us think we can get around the Lord’s commandments and be saved outside His body? I think it more likely that many are truly ignorant of His commandments. But whatever the case, eternal ruin will be our recompense, if we fail to keep His commandments. The Lord himself commands baptism when He says, “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19). Jesus tells us that not everyone that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not done many wonderful works in thy name? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you, depart from me, ye that work unrighteousness (Matt. 7:21-23). According to God’s own word, we see that many, who think they are saved, will be eternally lost. Second Timothy 2:15 tells us to study to show ourselves approved unto God, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Since each of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad (II Cor. 5:10), then it stands to reason that each of us should study to know exactly what God requires of us, not just blindly follow and take someone’s word for it.

I can think of no more sorry situation, than for one who thinks they are saved, to stand before the judgment seat of Christ and hear that their soul is lost to outer darkness. Cast away from God simply because they ignored the most basic of commandments for salvation.

He that believes “and” is baptized shall be saved, but he that believes not, shall be condemned (Mark 16:16). This commandment is to the point and virtually impossible to misunderstand. Why not believe and be baptized “into” Christ before it is eternally too late?

We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00.

Brother Richard Sitz speaks on the first Sunday of each month and Crittenden Drive Church of Christ has graciously supplied us with a host of guest speakers for the remaining weeks of the month. We invite one and all to come visit with us and be uplifted by these fine presentations of the “Good News” of God’s Holy Word.