The Bible clearly teaches that we are saved by grace through faith (see Ephesians 2:8-9
) and according to God’s mercy (see Titus 3:5
). The thief on the cross next to Jesus had no time to be baptized; yet Jesus promised that he would be with Him in Paradise that day (see Luke 23:43
). The Bible contains no record of Jesus baptizing anyone—a strange omission if baptism was essential for salvation. The Apostle Paul declared, “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel…” (1 Corinthians 1:17
). This clearly indicates that water baptism is not an act necessary to receive salvation, but it is an act of obedience. It is something that followers of Christ should naturally do as one of their first steps in following (and obeying) Jesus.