Mark Twain once said this about the Bible: “I have no problem with those parts of the Bible I don’t understand. It’s those parts of the Bible I do understand that gives me fits.”
A couple passages that give many fits are, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” (Mk. 16:16) and “Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Pt. 3:21).
Why do these two passages give so many fits? Its not that they cannot understand them, it is because they do want to believe them. Friends, one cannot be saved without being baptized (immersed) for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). That is what the Bible says. Now that’s plain, and that’s simply, and you can understand it. Jesus said, “if you love me you will keep my commandments (Jn. 14:15).
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