“Baptism For The Dead?”

Posted: January 13, 2015 in Christian Life, Cults, Gospel of John, Lordship Salvation, Salvation, Security

He had been baptized for the dead on several occasions. But then God opened up his eyes and he realized that his being baptized for the dead wouldn’t do him or the dead person any good. Do you know what baptism for the dead is all about (1 Corinthians 15:29)? If not, ask us.

Salvation. Our deliverance from hell to heaven is not based on our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9). We cannot make decisions for our children or for our deceased relatives or for anyone else when it comes to salvation. Salvation is an individual matter. Contrary to what some cults believe, there are no more opportunities to be saved once you are dead (Hebrews 9:27). Instead we are saved by God’s grace (unmerited favor) through faith alone in the Christ of the Scriptures alone.

Gospel. The Good News is that “Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Perhaps you know these facts and agree that they are true, but you’re still not saved because you haven’t transferred your faith from yourself, or your church, and your own good works over to Christ alone.

Terms. Those in the cults often use the same words that we do, but they change the definition and meaning of the words or even add words. Grace is often changed to mean the help that God gives to those who are sprinkled as a baby so they can keep the commands of the church and earn their salvation. Faith needs an object. If the object of our faith is in the wrong person, even though he may be called Jesus or the Christ, we will be doomed forever.

Assurance. Some genuine believers lack assurance of salvation when it comes to their eternal destiny. “Assurance has to do with our comprehension of the facts and provisions of salvation through faith in Christ. (1) People often lack assurance because they cannot remember or point to a specific time when they received Christ. (2) People often lack assurance because they question the procedure they went through when they accepted Christ. (3) People often lack assurance because of struggles they have with certain sins. (4) The primary reason behind a lack of assurance is doctrinal misunderstanding and the consequent lack of faith in the finished work of Christ. (5) Finally, people often lack assurance because they have erroneously been taught that they should look to themselves and their works as the primary proof of their salvation.” – J. Hampton Keithly, III.*

Security. It’s based on the reliability of the promises that God has given to all who place their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for their salvation. Keithly goes on to write, “When we trust in Jesus Christ, our eternal security in Christ becomes a spiritual reality whether we understand it or believe it. Ones belief in security in Christ does not make it true or false. If we have trusted in the person and work of Christ for personal salvation, security is a fact.” The Apostle John wrote, “He who believes in Him [Christ] is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed I the name [person and work] of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18). “These things I have written to you who believe in the name [person and work] of the Son of God, that you may know [not wish, hope, or think] that you have eternal life…” (1 John 5:13).

Presumptuous? No, it’s not presumptuous to say that we know that we will go to heaven the moment we die if (since) God’s Word is reliable and true ( 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; John 17:17) and if (since) He has promised eternal life to all who meet His only condition for salvation which is Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (through the message of the Gospel) and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Don’t be misled by those who make the conditions for “sanctification” (spiritual growth) the conditions for salvation (justification).**

Help. With something as important as your eternal destiny at stake, either in the lake of fire or in heaven forever, let us encourage you not to be lulled to sleep by the devil (1 John 5:19).  He wants people to just put off making the decision today.  We’re here to offer spiritual help from God’s Word to those who want to know the truth that can set them free (John 8:32). Are you one of them? You may contact us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website at www.kelseypeach.com for more help.  If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”  If this article has helped you, please let us know how it has and then tell a friend too.

* https://bible.org/seriespage/assurance-salvation

**Lordship Salvation – http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

 

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