Is water baptism part of the process of salvation?

One can argue that baptism is part of the process of salvation, but if you do, then you are adding to the gospel. You are saying that baptism is needed to be saved. And THAT goes against what Christ said and what Paul said.

No one alive today has been literally crucified – it is symbolism. Spiritually, we are dead to sin, but not physically. Our old selves must “die” so our new selves can have eternal (spiritual) life. That is to say, we must keep denying our carnal desires (take every thought captive for Christ – 2 Corinthians 10:5) and seek to embrace what God has said to do,think, and feel. God changes us by His Holy Spirit to desire what HE wants from us and for us. The evidence of this is that we obey Christ, including through water baptism.

1 Peter 3:20-22 tells us that water symbolizes the baptism which saves – not the dunking in water (water baptism) but the pledge of a clear conscience.

There are examples of people being baptized with the Holy Spirit before being batized with water.
Acts 10:47 “Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.”

There are examples of people being baptized with water into the name of the Lord Jesus (which is NOT John’s baptism) before being baptized with the Holy Spirit.

Acts 8:15-17 “15 When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into[a] the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.”

Paul said he was glad he didnt baptize many people – if baptism was important, he would have baptized many. He was not sent to baptize. Had it been important, Paul would have been sent to baptize.
1 Cor 1:17 “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. ”

What Paul DID say is that people should repent, turn to God and prove their repentance.  Paul never said people needed to be baptized to be saved.
Acts 26:20 “First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds. ”

If not being baptized is not the unforgiveable sin,then its not required to be saved. What is required is faith in Christ. everything else is secondary. If it is required to be saved, then you have made an action (something you do, a deed) a requirement for salvation. We know we are not saved by or through what we do, but by God’s grace through faith.

Ephesians 2:8-9 “8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Its pretty easy – either you are saved by faith or you are not. If you are saved by faith and by baptism, then you are adding to the gospel.

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