Repent and Believe in Me and you shall be saved!

sky copyCommentary by:  Gordon King

I recently had someone leave a comment telling me that I am teaching false doctrine by giving the “sinners prayer”.  Saying that nowhere in the bible is it found.  He goes on to say that a person must not only accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, but that they also must be baptized in water to be saved!  I say Hogwash!

Let us not forget, that it is Jesus who saves people not us!  We can do nothing to save ourselves, nothing!

If this were not the case then we could boast that we took part in saving ourselves.  This mentality in and of itself is a blasphemy against the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.   Being baptized in water is “Not” a requirement to salvation, it is an act of faith after salvation.

Jesus said to believe in Him and we shall be saved.  If the following passages which state that you must repent and believe in Jesus Christ to be saved and do not state you must also be baptized in water, are false,  then the bible itself is a lie.  Do you believe this?!

Ephesians 2:8-9

8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

John 3:16

16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

John 8:24

24 “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”

Acts 2:21

21 “And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.”

Acts 16:31

31  ‘So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” ‘

Paul tells us to “Repent” and be “baptized in the name of Jesus Christ” and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  He doesn’t say be baptized in “water” and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:38

38 ‘Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” ‘

We must also repent of our sins in order to be saved.  But, this is not an act, but a change of heart.

Luke 13:3

3 “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

When Jesus appeared to Paul while he was on his way to Damascus, Paul fell to the ground and was struck blind.  Jesus told him to be baptized and wash away his sins.  Did he mean baptized in “water”?  No, He meant to be baptized in the Holy Spirit of God.

Acts 1:4-5

4 ‘And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” ‘

Acts 22:16

16 “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”

Acts 2:1-4

 “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

I don’t know about you personally, but for myself, I was most definitely saved once I repented of my sins and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.  I was immediately baptized in the Holy Spirit, not with water, but with the Holy Spirit of God Almighty.  I was not baptized in water for many years later.  Does this mean that I was not saved until my water baptism?  No!  Emphatically No!!! 

I know this to be true from personal experience.  My life changed drastically after accepting Christ.  This was only an act of God, not of myself.  So anyone who tries to tell me that a person must first be baptized in water, I know this to be a lie.  Because I have experienced it firsthand.  This was one of the most exciting and pleasurable experiences that I have ever known in my lifetime.

So if you want to believe that you are only saved after being baptized in water, then go ahead.  For the millions of people who have repented of their sins and accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior without water baptism, what do you think?  Do you know if you are saved?  Have you felt the Holy Spirit of God within you?  I have, most definitely without any doubt in my mind, heart, or soul, I have!

Jesus did not come here to play games with our minds, but to save us.  All you have to do is repent of your sins and believe in Him.  Water baptism is important, but not necessary for salvation.  It is an act of our faith and love for God.

Water baptism is an Old Testament practice.  It is under the law.  We are not under the law, but saved by grace.

There is always someone out there to disagree with you no matter what you say, think, feel or do.  Always someone. 

Fact: I was saved by repenting of my sins and accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.  That is a fact.

Fact:  I was baptized in water many, many years after becoming a Christian.  It was an act of my faith in and love for God.  This is a fact.

Fact:  I was baptized in the Holy Spirit immediately after accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior!

These are all facts that I know to be true by personal experience.  Yet someone will disagree with these facts. 

If I say the sky is blue, someone will argue with me that it is red.  If I say the water is hot, someone will argue that it is cold.

I know God personally, I love God with all of my heart.  He has given me discernment between truth and of lies.  He has blessed me with His Holy Spirit, has anointed me, and has given me many gifts of the Spirit.

So believe what you will.  I know the truth.

God Bless!

6 thoughts on “Repent and Believe in Me and you shall be saved!

  1. Hi Gordon!

    Great scriptures, Gordon; thanks! The Church of Christ folks use the scripture in Mark 16:16 to say that one must also be baptized to be saved. I was told a story that they went into a hospital room and prayed for salvation for a man that they believed would live to get out of the hospital and be baptized. The sad thing is that they also had the chance to pray for salvation for a man in the same hospital room that they felt wouldn’t live to be baptized; and therefore, did not pray for him!

    I always wonder how they explain how the man on the cross next to Jesus could be saved. I think it stands to reason that the Roman soldiers didn’t allow that man to get down from the cross, go and get baptized and then return to the cross again to die for his crime.

    My wife and I were once members of a church that had a “religious spirit” and we were bound in legalism. We can speak firsthand of the devil’s deception in these type of churches. We must pray for them to come out of that and be free to serve our Lord and Savior as He would have us.

    However, I do believe that God commands us to be baptized (totally submerged) in water after salvation to show to the world that we are burying our sins with our Savior; symbolic; again, as you stated, Gordon, it has nothing to do with salvation! Jesus set the example when He was baptized in water and immediately after He was baptized with Holy Spirit and God said “This is my Son in whom I am well pleased.” We can argue that Jesus was Emmanuel (God with us) and had power of Holy Spirit prior to His being baptized by John the Baptist, however, He set the example for us that by His being baptized, we should also be baptized. And, each place we read in the Bible about those being baptized in water, they were baptized as soon as they got to a place where they could be baptized. An example is the Ethiopian to whom Phillip explained the scriptures in Isaiah.

    Again, great article, Gordon. Keep up God’s work as He leads you. You and yours are in my prayers!

    God’s Blessings on you and yours!

    Dr. Gary

  2. Good article Gordon, Stay faithful to the truth brother. There is no other name under heaven given among men “Jesus” whereby you must be saved. At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord to the Glory of God the Father.

    Gordon, as a point of urgent concern, have you seen the stories about the latest water crisis here in California and Nevada, we are drying up, huge drought, the land is being cursed, heaven is shut up affecting 20 M people and farms. I’m sure that you know about it, but just wanted to bring it to your attention, hearing about it all over the news this a.m.

  3. Thank you Dr. Gary. I believe that many Christians are misled and are misinterpreting the scriptures. The acceptance of Jesus is the only way to salvation, nothing more. However, I do agree with you that we should be baptized in water as soon as possible, yet it does not affect our salvation.

    God Bless!

  4. Thanks Ethin! Believing in Jesus is the way and the only way. Being baptized in water does not save us.

    I haven’t heard too much lately of the droughts, although I have heard. The world is an ugly place and getting worse.

    The world needs our prayers.

    God bless!

  5. Gordon, The reason that I’m mentioning this is the awesome foreboding that it has. I realize that drought is not the theme of this article, but Calif has been declared in a state of water emergency by the governor. Lake Mead, Folosm Lake and the Colorado river drying up, water restriction coming. Calif in a 10th yr of drought. 2nd. Chron. 7:13 “When I shut up heaven and there is no rain”…………vs.14 “If my people who are called by name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways”…..this condition in Calif is already a serious crisis getting worse, may it be that many will be driven to God by this crisis.

  6. I agree Ethin. I believe that the Lord is causing and allowing many things to happen, or not happen in the world today, in order for people to wake up and turn to Him. Yet many will not see the truth.
    God Bless!

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