Many folks in the denominational world are taught erroneous notions about baptism. Two of the most common errors are that baptism has nothing to do with salvation, and that baptism places us into a church. Is this what the Bible teaches?
In Galatians 3:27 we read, "For as many of you as were BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST have put on Christ." The preposition INTO indicates a change of relationship. You can search from the front to the back of your Bible, and you will find no other way to get into Christ except by being baptized into Him. (See also Romans 6:3.) Moreover, we never read about anyone in the New Testament being baptized into a church.
What is the advantage of being baptized into Christ? Ephesians 1:3 says, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING in heavenly places IN CHRIST." Paul declares us that every spiritual blessing is located in Christ. Thus only those who are in Christ can enjoy these spiritual blessings.
Furthermore, in 2 Corinthians 5:17 we read, "Therefore if anyone is IN CHRIST, he is a NEW CREATION: old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." When one gets into Christ, he becomes a new creation. This is another way of describing the new birth.
Paul also declares in 2 Timothy 2:10, "Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the SALVATION which is IN CHRIST JESUS, with eternal glory." Here we see that salvation is plainly located in Christ. In other words, one must be in Christ to be saved.
To confirm the aforementioned point, 1 John 5:11 we read, "And this is the testimony, that God has given us ETERNAL LIFE, and this life is IN HIS SON."
I don’t know about you, but based on these scriptures, I definitely want to be IN CHRIST!
Isn't it sad that millions of sincere folks are misled concerning baptism? Many assume that it is either unnecessary, optional or totally unconnected with salvation. Although more could be said, suffice it to say that millions have little idea what the Bible teaches about baptism. The eternal ramifications of such ignorance are unthinkable.
Jesus, always Jesus!