Should I believe in His baptism along with His cross to be saved?
If you don't believe in Jesus' baptism,
it is for sure that you have sin in your heart. The apostle John
said, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves,
and the truth is not in us" (1 John 1:8). If you say that you
have no sin even though you still do since you don't believe in
the baptism of Jesus, it is an act of going against your own conscience
and the truth is not in you. The conviction of salvation emerges
when we obtain the forgiveness of sins and receive the Holy Spirit
as a gift by believing in Jesus' baptism and the Cross.
The apostle Paul said, ". . .
a different gospel, which is not another . . ." (Galatians
1:7). Nothing but the gospel of water and the Spirit that the apostles
received from Jesus and preached to people can save us from all
our sins. If we don't believe in the gospel of water and the Spirit,
which the apostles preached, we still have sin in us.
How could we live with the conviction
of salvation when we still have sin in us? When we behave well in
front of God, we're sure that we have joy and conviction of salvation
in us, while we lack conviction and are afraid because of the burden
of sin in our hearts when we sin. It is a salvation based on the
thoughts and emotions of our own, but not the one that God approves.
The salvation based on one's own thoughts is to become gradually
sanctified by imploring for the forgiveness of sins every day.
Those who believe in this false salvation
think that they'll be saved at last some day, if they maintain a
holy life, asking for forgiveness every day and keeping the law
by deeds. Nevertheless, they're still sinners if they haven't laid
their sins on Jesus through the faith in the baptism of Jesus. The
salvation that God has made is a perfect salvation, which tells
us that Jesus took away all the sins of the world through His baptism
by John in the Jordan and blotted them out on the Cross.
Thus, the apostle John said, "If
we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). If
all our sins hadn't been forgiven through the gospel of water and
the Spirit for not knowing it, we have to confess in front of the
Lord that we're still sinners although we believe in Him and that
we are destined to hell for our sin cannot be washed away without
the gospel of water and the Spirit how much slight the sin is. This
is a true confession of sin. When we confess like that, the gospel
of water and the Spirit washes away all our sins at once and makes
Now is the acceptable time. Anyone
who hears and believes in the gospel of Jesus' baptism and the Cross
is saved from all his sins, becomes righteous, and has a strong
faith that he is always ready to enter the kingdom of heaven whenever
the Lord may come. Our conviction, doctrines, and theology cannot
save us from all our sins. Those are simply a cunning trick that
the devil has put into the thoughts of human being. We should get
back to the gospel of water and the Spirit and receive the true
Jesus' salvation from sins in our hearts. This is to love Him and