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  1. On 9/20/2015 9:19:35 PM Victor Downs Said:

    You don't see that Acts 2:38 and I Cor 12:13 can not go hand in hand? (1) sins are forgiven, (2) placed into the body? Think about this for a minute. Don't you think "II Tim 2:15" comes into play here. Such as rightly dividing the Word of God?

  2. On 2/7/2011 11:12:20 PM GeoCook Said:

    “Talk to me brothers?” It seems you think it will be difficult. In Act 2:38 we see Peter told us the purpose of baptism was to have our sins removed. The word “baptism,” is from the Greek “baptizo” which means “immerse” which has two meanings: to plunge, dip as into a liquid, so as to cover completely; to absorb deeply. Also, engross (as, in study).

    In v41 we see 3000 were baptized. What kind of baptism? We see in John 3:5 that a man must be born of water and of the Spirit. Jesus was baptized (immersed in water) to receive the Holy Spirit but we need to be baptized to remove our sins “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” Mt 28:19. John the Baptist was not baptizing people by immersing them in study but in water.

    Rom 6:3-5 shows us that we are replicating the death, burial and resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ. We are buried with him by baptism (in water) and rise up a new person.

    Eph 4:3-6 confirms there is one God who is above all, there is one body (of Christ, his Church) and one Spirit so that all (in His Church) are of the same faith.

    In 1 Cor 12:13 we who have been baptized (immersed in water) have been baptized into the body of Christ (His Church) and we all learn from the one Spirit of God who gives us understanding (1 Cor 14:15). As we are led by the Spirit of God, we can be called sons of God (Rom 8:14).

    It is baptism that put us into the body of Christ. Members of that body (His Church) have had their sins removed as we all can do if we accept that “baptism doth now save us” (2 Pet 3:21).

    One last point: according to Acts 2:41 they gladly received his word and were baptized. They didn’t argue about the meaning, pick apart various statements or confuse the issue. They were terrified in learning they had crucified their Messiah so they seized the opportunity to have their sins removed. And the Lord added to the church daily (i.e. every day since that time) such as should be saved (v47).


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