Commentary by: Gordon King
Hello folks, I pray that all are well and under the guidance and protection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen
I recently received a comment on my “Get Saved” page. The reader believes that in order to be saved one must be both baptized in water and the holy spirit. There seems to be a lot of confusion among believers regarding this issue. I have responded to this individual with some interesting points which I believe prove that we absolutely do not need to be baptized in physical water to be born again. Being baptized in physical water is an act of faith and obedience to God after one is already saved. Amen
I will post this persons comment along with my follow-up comments. I will leave out the persons name for anonymity. I pray that this helps many believers understand just what Jesus said about our salvation. I also pray that this may be a blessing to you.
Anonymous commenter: You do have to be baptized by the water to be saved Jesus said in john 3:5 verily verily I say unto you unless a man is born of water and the spirit he cannot enter the kingdom. Jesus tells us right there we can’t enter heaven unless we are baptized by the water and the holy spirit.
Gordon King: No you do not. If that were true then we would be saved by our works. Then we could boast that we saved ourselves by our good works. God Bless!
Gordon King: Jesus wanted us to be baptized in water as an act of faith in our salvation. This should be the first thing we do after being saved, but is not required.
Please take the time to study the bible and it’s interpretation. If something is not so clear, you must compare these passages with other passages in the bible. You are quoting scripture from John, study the rest of what John had to say, please don’t take scripture out of context.
If Jesus meant that we need to be “baptized in water” in order to be saved then, the bible contradicts itself in many places. This is not true.
The passage you are quoting does not say “unless one is baptized by the water”, it says “unless one is born of water and spirit”. Two very different things.
Jesus says that he is the “living water” (spiritually speaking):
John 7:37-39 (Rivers of Living Water)
37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ” 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
1 Corinthians 6:11
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
You see, the Spirit of God is the “living water”. This is what he meant when he said “you must be born of the water and the spirit”. Not of physical earthly water, but of Holy Spiritual water, living water. The water of God, the “Holy Spirit”. When you believe in Jesus and are born again, you are anointed with the Holy Spirit, filled with living water. I don’t know about you, but when I was saved, I was filled with God’s living water, and I felt it rushing through every fiber of my body.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
When Jesus was on the cross, there were two criminals on crosses next to him, one on the right and one on the left.
42 And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” 43 And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
Please read this and study a bit more. Pray for God to give you vision and truth in understanding. Amen