Baptism for the forgiveness of sins

 

Although John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance (Acts 19:4) it was however, for the forgiveness of sins.

 

Mark1:4

And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

 

Luke3:3

He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

 

Notice the Bible specifies John did not just preach baptism, but a baptism for the forgiveness of sins. Likewise, the baptism that the apostle Peter preached was also for the forgiveness of sins.

 

Acts 2:38

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 

When the Pharisees wanted to know by whose authority Jesus taught, Jesus asked them—

 

“John’s baptism—where did it come from? Was it from heaven or men?” –Matthew21:25

 

So today we must ask ourselves, “This teaching on baptism for the forgiveness of sins—where did it come from? Was it from heaven or from men?” If it is from men, then how do we account for the teachings of the apostles written down for the last 2000 years? And if it is from heaven, then why do we not obey?

 

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This page last updated: June 5, 2006