ACTS 2:38 - Water Baptism - FOR THE REMISSION

ACTS 2:38 - Water Baptism - FOR THE forgiveness of sins? The word FOR can mean IN ORDER TO or BECAUSE OF depending upon whether it is a command or a command acted upon. The Greek eis never means "to picture" or "because of" ones already-remitted sins. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Jesus said that without being born AGAIN of Water and Spirit or Water and the Word you CANNOT, SHALL NOT enter into His kingdom or rule which is the Ekklesia or Christian synagogue or school of the Bible. The seven "spirits" of Isaiah 11:1-4 which would rest on the BRANCH are all related to forms of spiritual knowledge. Jesus said "My Words are Spirit and Life." 

Christ in the prophets defined a true rest or fast as the ongoing synagogue or school of the Bible.  The nation of Israel had been turned over to worship the starry host because of musical idolatry at Mount Sinai. God sentenced them to return to Assyria and Babylon for captivity and most would be destroyed or scattered.  The later Temple system had been given to the tribe of Levi whose father warned us not to covenant with or attend their assemblies.  At the same time the synagogue or church was ordained in the wilderness as purely a school of the Bible. This quarantined the spiritual sector from the temple.


When God chooses people to carry out His will in the old testament it is always in the sense of a national choice: God selected Isaac and Jacob and others to protect the predestinated lineage of Jesus Christ.  He in turn would fulfill the only spiritual covenant being the one He made with Abraham.


H977 bÔchar baw-khar' A primitive root; properly to try, that is, (by implication) select: acceptable, appoint, choose (choice), excellent, join, be rather, require.

Is. 48:10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver;
        I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.
Job 34:3 For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.
Job 34:4 Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what is good.

Isa 41:8 - But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whomI have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.
Isa 41:9 - Thou whom have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof,
          and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.
Isa 48:10 - Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

Isa 49:7 - Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One,
        to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth,
        to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship,
        because of the LORD that is faithful,
        and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.

Isa 66:3
- He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck;
        he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood;
        he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol.
        Yea, they have chosen their own ways,
        and their soul delighteth in their abominations.

Isa 66:4 - I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because whenI called, none did answer; whenI spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in whichI delighted not.

Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee:
........ .[1] and I will preserve thee,
........ .[2] and give thee for a covenant of the people,
........ .[3] to establish the earth, to cause to
................inherit the desolate heritages; Isa 49:8


Disciples are not predestinated to get the prize: It would be a betayal of God's love to encourage people not to "diligently seek" God. To fail to walk by faith or obedience to God's commands makes OURSELVES into a castaway.  

Heb. 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him:
        for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,
        and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Heb. 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God;
        lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
Luke 13:23 Then said one unto him, Lord,
        are there few that be saved?
And he said unto them,
Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate:
        for many, I say unto you,
        will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
Being saved when our sins are remitted is to enlist as a disciple: not disciple automatically gets a 4.0 and no teacher selects some to pass and some to fail just to prove that he is sovereign.

In 1 Corinthians 10 as he had in Romans 10 Paul denies that the Israelites were PREDESTINATED because they fell from grace because of musical idolatry at Mount Sinai.  Then,

1Cor. 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all,
        but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
1Cor. 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.
        Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown;
        but we [strive for] an incorruptible.
Rom. 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
Rom. 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing
        seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

Col. 1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
Col. 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you,
        always labouring [g 75 Agonizomai] fervently for you in prayers,
        that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God

1Tim. 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach,
        because we trust in the living God,
        who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

2Tim. 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life;
        that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
2Tim. 2:5 And if a man also strive for masteries,
        yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

Heb. 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved,
        let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
Heb. 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire
1Cor. 9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
1Cor. 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection:
        lest that by any means, when I have preached to others,
        I myself should be a castaway.

God's grace can be insulted and fail when we refuse to pass the test. A castaway is:
Adokim-os , on,
A.not legal tender, not current, of coin, Pl.Lg.742a; not approved, of horses, Arist.Ath.49.1.
unsatisfactory, unconvincing, of a statement,  

3. disreputable, lakismat' adokim' olbiois echein E.Tr.497 ; Mousa Ep.Rom.1.28.  
4. of persons, Pl.R.618b; discredited, reprobate, X.Lac.3.3, 2 Ep.Tim 3.8, etc

Mousa I. the Muse, in pl. the Muses, goddesses of song, music, poetry, dancing, the drama, and all fine arts, Hom.: the names of the nine were Clio, Euterpe, Thalia, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Erato, Polymnia or Polyhymnia, Urania, and Calliope,

II. mousa, as appellat., music, song, Pind., Trag.:--also eloquence, Eur.:--in pl. arts, accomplishments, Ar., Plat.


And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. Isa 1:8

Except the Lord of hosts
.......... had left unto us a very small remnant,
.......... we should have been as Sodom,
.......... and we should have been like unto Gomorrah. Isa 1:9

Jude and many others confirm this:

I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. Jude 1:5

And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Jude 1:6

Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Ju.1:7

Isa 1:11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord:
.......... I am full of the burnt offerings of rams,
.......... and the fat of fed beasts;
.......... and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

Isa 1:12 When ye come to appear before me,
.......... who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?

Isa 1:13 Bring no more vain oblations;
.......... incense is an abomination unto me;
.......... the new moons and sabbaths,
.......... the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with;
.......... it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.

Isa 1:14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth:
.......... they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.

Isa 1:15 And when ye spread forth your hands,
.......... I will hide mine eyes from you:
.......... yea, when ye make many prayers,
.......... I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

Isa 1:16 Wash you, make you clean;
.......... put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes;
.......... cease to do evil;

Isa 1:16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

Rachac (h7364) raw-khats'; a prim. root; to lave (the whole or a part of a thing): - bathe (self), wash (self).

Le.14:9 But it shall be on the seventh day, that he shall shave all his hair off his head and his beard and his eyebrows, even all his hair he shall shave off: and he shall wash his clothes, also he shall wash his flesh in water, and he shall be clean.  

Isa 1:17 Learn to do well;
.......... seek judgment, relieve the oppressed,
.......... judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. 

Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord:.though your sins be as scarlet,  they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Isa 1:19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:

Isa 1:20 But if ye refuse and rebel,
.......... ye shall be devoured with the sword:
.......... for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Mark 16:16 He that believeth
and is baptized shall be saved;

but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Shaniy (h8144) shaw-nee'; of uncert. der.; crimson, prop. the insect or its color, also stuff dyed with it: - crimson, scarlet (thread).

And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life. Je.4:30

They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills. Lam.4:5   


In Isaiah 4 still prophetic of the purpose of Christ in "saving us from that crooked generation" reads:

Isaiah 4: 2 In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, 
        and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely 
        for them that are escaped [remnant] of Israel.

Isaiah 4: 3 And it shall come to pass, 
        that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, 
        shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem:

6918.  qadowsh, kaw-doshe┤; or qadosh, kaw-doshe┤; from 6942; sacred (ceremonially or morally); (as noun) God (by eminence), an angel, a saint, a sanctuary:—holy (One), saint.

6942. qadash, kaw-dash┤; a primitive root; to be (causatively, make, pronounce or observe as) clean (ceremonially or morally):—appoint, bid, consecrate, dedicate, defile, hallow, (be, keep) holy(-er, place), keep, prepare, proclaim, purify, sanctify(-ied one, self), x wholly.

Isaiah 4: 4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, 
        and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof
        by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.

7364. rachats, raw-khats┤; a primitive root; to lave (the whole or a part of a thing):—bathe (self), wash (self)

2Chr. 4:2 Also he made a molten sea of ten cubits from brim to brim, round in compass,
        and five cubits the height thereof; and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.

    This is about 7.5 feet deep: that pretty well guaranteed that you drowned unless you were a good swimmer: something like the Ark.  2Chr. 4:6 He made also ten lavers, and put five on the right hand, and five on the left, to wash in them: such things as they offered for the burnt offering they washed in them;


NOTE that the Spiritual Covenant was made to Abraham which is spiritual Israel.  In Galatians 3 they are saved BY faith when they are baptized into or clothed with Christ.

BEHOLD, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. Malachi 3:1

But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiners fire, and like fullers soap: Malachi 3:2

And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and

he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. Malachi 3:3

Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years. Malachi 3:4

H2891 Taher taw-hare' to be bright; that is, (by implication) to be pure (physically sound, clear, unadulterated; Levitically uncontaminated; morally innocent or holy):--be (make, make self, pronounce) clean, cleanse (self), purge, purify (-ier, self)

And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, Malachi 3:5a

and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts. Malachi 3:5b

Sorcerers are: 

Goŕs , ŕtos, ho, Used with:

A. sorcerer, wizard, Phoronis 2, Hdt.2.33,4.105, Pl.R. 380d, Phld.Ir.p.29 W.; g. ep˘idos Ludias apo chthonos E.Ba.234 , cf. Hipp.1038; prob. f.l. for boŕisiHdt.7.191.
Ep˘idos [epaid˘] I.singing to or over: as Subst. an enchanter, Eur.: c. gen. acting as a charm for or against, Aesch., Plat. 2. pass. sung or said after, morphŕs ep˘idonc alled after this form, 
II. in metre, ep˘idos, ho, a verse or passage returning at intervals, a chorus, burden, refrain, as in Theocr.

1. The Bible is arranged in a logical order. For instance, The direct command of Jesus was:

Mt 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Mt 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach [disciple] all nations,
baptizING them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
TeachING them to observe all things whatsoever I have commandMt 28:20 ed you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

2. Only those who had been discipled by baptising AND ongoing teaching are called Christians.

3. Mark begins and ends by speaking about the command to BAPTIZE.

THE beginning (Arche, most important) of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; Mark 1:1

The gospel defined by Paul concerning the WORKS OF JESUS CHRIST are the first principle ot the PROTOS gospel. That is, the Gospel is that Jesus provided a way for us to be saved.

The word "beginning" is the word ARCHE: that means that Mark is going to tell us the MOST IMPORTANT part of the Gospel for we who are humans.

Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon

archŕ , hŕ, (v. arch˘) beginning, origin
from the first, from of old, lay a foundation,
from the
beginning, from the first, from of old,
logos the original argument,
principal sum, first principle, element

Mark 1:2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face,
        which shall prepare thy way before thee.
Mark 1:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness,
        Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
Mark 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness,
        and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
Mark 1:5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem,
        and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins


Luke 3:7 Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him,
        O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Luke 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance,
        and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you,
        That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
Luke 3:9 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees:
        every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

It was the massed multitude who would be baptized by a powerful WIND and FIRE.  John continues the judgment promise:

Luke 3:16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water;
        but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose:
        he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
Luke 3:17 Whose fan is in his hand,
        and he will throughly purge his floor,
        and will gather the wheat into his garner;
        but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.

The preached gospel is the power to salvation: Jesus said my WORDS are Spirit and they are life.
Psa. 33:6 By the [1] word of the [2] LORD were the heavens made;
        and all the host of them by the [3 breath of his mouth.
Is. 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor,
        and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth:
        and [1] he shall smite the earth with the rod of his [2] mouth,
        and with the [3] breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

Heb. 1:7 And of the angels he saith,
        Who maketh his angels spirits,
        and his ministers a flame of fire.
2Th. 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed,
        whom the [1] Lord shall consume with the [2] spirit of his [3] mouth,
        and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
Just before the Lord's ascension to heaven, he thus addressed his wondering disciples:

And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: Luke 24:46

And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. Luke 24:47

"The structure of the phrase, "And that repentance and forgiveness should be preached," shows that the efficacy of such preaching grows out of a preceding statement, to wit: "Thus it is written, and thus is behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day." Which means that without the death and resurrection of Christ as meritorious basis no repentance and no faith would avail. Hence, the repentance and remission must be preached in his name."

The conclusion the writer wishes to make is that water immersion is not part of the remission process.

First, we should not that the repentance and remission should be preached. Elsewhere, Jesus tells us how this remission is to take place.

Second, we should note that John's immersion part of repentance or turning:

John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. Mark 1:4

Third, the first time this was applied was on the day of Pentecost:

Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Acts 2:37

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38

While a few few passages translate EIS in the sense of "because of" the remission of sins, we know of not such definition nor use in the Greek literature.

Unless Peter violated the command of Jesus, he preached repentance and remission as the desired result. However, he used immersion as the means which Christ commanded. water immersion is no more a work than repentance or faith. In fact, faith comes much harder than just being baptised.


Rom. 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield [g3936 stand beside]
        yourselves servants to obey,
        his servants ye are to whom ye obey;
        whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Rom. 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin,
        but ye have obeyed from the heart that form [pattern capable of being imitated]
        of doctrine which was delivered you.

g5219 hupakous to hear under (as a subordinate), listen attentively, by implication to heed or conform to a command or authority.
Rom. 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
g1659 eleutheroo to liberate, exempt from ceremonial liability.

Rom. 10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness,
        and going [worship] about to establish their own righteousness, [equity of character]
        have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

g5293 hupotasso to subordinate; obey, be under obedience.
Rom. 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Rom. 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh:
        for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity;
        even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
Uncleanness: g167 Akatharsia impurity, physically or morally
g169 akathartos impure, ceremonially, morally, demonic, foul
Rom. 6:20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.


The first part of Ephesians 2 has the same meaning as all of Paul's other versions: we are saved BY Grace (which teaches us to deny ungodliness) and THROUGH faith where the Greek pistis includes to trust upon or comply with what we trust. Notice that the same acts and results are identical to Romans 6

And to Colossians 2

Because we are not God we will not discuss "what happens when a lady on her way to being baptized is murdered or falls into a hole and dies?" Nor will we ask: "What is God gonna do about those people in the jungle?" Our task is to try to understand the Word as it has been delivered to us. Only after understanding the passage are we allowed to ask: "What does it mean to me?"

Only when we approach Scripture as a disciple will God allow us to pass into the true inner courts. When we use it to make creeds we might as well save our time. Acts 2 is Peter's "use of the keys to the kingdom" given by Jesus Christ when He commissioned "preachers" to go out and preach.

The stumbling block is in Acts 2. When the people from all over the world heard the gospel preached and believed it they asked: "What must we do?"

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38

Those who deny most of us the right to be saved because we were not predestinated before the world was created to either heaven or hell cannot, must not, allow any passage which implies free will to survive. Therefore, a new and unique translation reads:

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ because of the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38

However, the Holy Spirit of Christ directing the message of Peter had at His command a perfectly good Greek word for because and he used it just before and just after Acts 2.

Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: Ac 2:26

Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Ac 2:27

The Greek for because is:

Hoti (h3754) hot'-ee; neut. of 3748 as conj.; demonst. that (sometimes redundant); caus. because: - as concerning that, as though, because (that), for (that), how (that), (in) that, though, why.

Therefore, if we give the Spirit of Christ any credit, He directed Peter to use another word which does not mean "because" in Acts 2.

AND in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. Ac.6:1

One of the statements demanding repentance and water immersion because they were already saved is:

"The word "eis" (in Acts 2:38) is simply a preposition of reference. Baptism has a reference to remission. It is a ceremonial ordinance, or act, which refers to the remission through Christ's redemption (Matt. 26:28) "

First, a ceremonial ordinance is an oxymoron. Ordinance, according to Webster is: "A direction or command of an authoratative nature." Now, look at the following passage with different meanings:

For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Mt 26:28

Do we understand this as?: For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many in order to the remission of sins. Mt 26:28

Or This?: For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many because of the forgiveness of sins. Mt 26:28

Thomas Campbell answered a question about Acts 2:

Ques. 3d. Would "be baptized because of the. remission," be a fair translation? That would be as the word "because" is understood.

If it respect the enjoyment of this blissful privilege, it would mean the same with for, or in order to; but,
for the possession or procurement of the benefit, it would then imply something of a mercenary import; such as purchase or interest.

The blood of Christ was shed for every person past, present and future. However, the blood is not applied until it is accepted by each believer.

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Ro 3:24

Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for (not because of) the forgiveness of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; Ro 3:25

To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Ro 3:26

Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works (toil in an occupation)? Nay; but by the law (prescriptive usage) of faith. Ro 3:27

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Ro 3:28

Water immersion can mean many things. However, when one person baptized another, the New Testament speaks of water immersion. After showing the futility of living under the Law of Moses which could not cleanse the conscience, Paul showed the remedy under Christ's system of faith

WHAT shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? Ro 6:1

God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Ro 6:2

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into (in connection with) Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Ro 6:3

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Ro 6:4

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This had not changed one bit when Paul wrote to Titus:

But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Tit 3:4

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the

washing of regeneration,

and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Tit 3:5

Washing of regeneration

(Loutron {g3067} loo-tron'; from 3068; a bath, i.e. (fig.) baptism: - washing.)

Renewing of the Holy Spirit is the same as the gift of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2. This does not mean the Spirit "person" as a personal gift poured out upon us or in us. It means that the Spirit message of God is allowed to penetrate into our spirit being and change it. Our belief and obedience is the witness of the Spirit that we are the children of God.

But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. 2 Corinthians 3:14

But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 2 Corinthians 3:15

Nevertheless, when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. 2 Corinthians 3:16

Paul, to the Hebrews restated this. We can approach God with confidence and the witness of the Spirit only when our hearts or "spirits" are cleared of an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water:

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Herews 10:22

Peter says it in another way: immersion has no spiritual value in removing the dirt. Rather, the "bath" is the time and place where we request or appeal to God for a clear conscience based upon the merit and pattern of Christ's death, burial and resurrection:

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 clear conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 1 Peter 3:21

If we could take a bath and be saved then it would be a work of righteousness. However, we cannot "work" when we submit our limp bodies into the hands of the baptiser and name ourselves after Christ.

This is Paul saying exactly what Peter commanded:

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2

Spirit means mind or the mental disposition of God or man:

And be not conformed to this world: but ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. Ro.12:2

Acts 2 is examined fully in the following two articles. We warn the reader that this is a vitally important subject and it cannot be understood without a lot of looking at the various passages within their context.

Another effort to make Jesus and Peter agree with Zwingli -- the Father of the denial of the efficacy of immersion in order to the remission -- another writer asks:

Quote: Is Peter really teaching water regeneration?

"The most common line of reasoning centers on the word "for" in the phrase "for the remission." The word "for" could have two meanings. As an example, if you saw a poster saying "Jesse James wanted for robbery", "for" could mean Jesse is wanted so he can commit a robbery, or he is wanted because he has committed a robbery. Obviously, the latter sense is the correct one. So too in this passage, the word "for" signifies an action in the past. Otherwise, it would violate the entire tenor of the NT teaching on salvation by grace and not by works.

We respond that:

We should note that this is not precise English. You don't really want Jesse for robbery: you want him to try him for robbery. Robbery is a sin. Therefore, what this poor English translates into is:

Jesse James wanted for "conviction of sins."

You want Jesse James to put him in jail. You don't already have Jessee.

This is identical to what Peter said:

Repent and be baptized for "the remission."

We have the word for Jesus, fully God, agreeing with this interpretation. Peter obeyed what Jesus commanded which was:

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:16 (save is heal, protect, preserve)

One is not saved before they believe, repent or are baptized.

Our "might be" translator would have to reject the counsel of Lord Jesus Christ and make this read:

He that believeth and is baptized HAS ALREADY BEEN saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:16

The distorting of Peter's gospel makes repentance optional and the same distortion of Jesus would make belief of faith optional.

Again: Is Peter really teaching water regeneration?

No. Not any more than he is teaching faith regeneration. Regeneration is accomplished by Lord Jesus Christ, purchased by His Own blood for all people at the instant He purged our sins and sat down at the Right of the Glory He laid aside to acquire flesh and blood.

However, that free purging comes when we accept rather than "reject the counsel of God for our lives."

For more discussion of the Greek word eis as meaning "into" or "in order to" rather than "because of" Click Here.

Kenneth Sublett

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