I am so grateful to God to know that I am saved by grace. I believe that my faith in his death and resurrection as well as my repentance are what my salvation depends on. I rely on the words in the old hymn, “Jesus Paid it All.” When Christ was hanging on the cross, he told the thief, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” He did not tell him to say some Hail Mary’s or do anything else. He did not say you must be baptized. That sinner’s knowledge of who Jesus was got him into heaven
When we are saved, we want to do things for Him. It is a joy to bring others to knowledge of Him. We are told to be fishers of men. The perishing are in need of rescuing. It is a wonderful thing to bring honor to Him through prayer and serving our fellow-men. There is after all a Go in God and a sat in Satan. However, our salvation is not determined by anything but accepting the free gift He has given.
One of the first verses a child learns goes like this, “For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son that so whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life John 3:16.” We are further told, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness 1 John 1:9.” There are no hymns about Victory in Works or there being Power in Works. However, “Victory in Jesus” and “Power in the Blood” are some pretty well-known tunes. “Amazing Grace” is one of the most translated ever and I heard on K LOVE it is the song most quoted in other music lyrics. If you read Eph 2:8-9 you will see that we are saved by faith and not by works.
If you turn to Matthew 3 in your Bible you can read the Baptism of Jesus. It is one of the times in the Bible that we see the Holy Trinity all on one place. The Father confirms the Son who is our Mediator. The Holy Spirit descends upon Jesus. This shows us that it is important to God. However, there is no where in the Bible that says it is a way to have eternal life.
Baptism is an awesome thing to witness and/or participate in it is not necessary to be dunked to get to heaven. I well remember the day I was Baptized in the clear water of a river. It was so wonderful to follow in the steps of my savior and do this outward sign of inward works. Yet it was the trip I took to the foot of the cross and not the one where I walked “down by the riverside” that guarantees me a place in heaven. 1 Corinthians 12:13 of the New International Version says, “For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body–whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free–and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.” You see those of us that have been Baptized are on Team Jesus. However, there are those that are fighting the same fight that have not been dunked or dribbled on. They are still part of the family of God and on the way to heaven. It is up to God to tell someone to be Baptized and no man has that right.