A Few Facts Concerning Baptism

J. D. Conley
August 18, 2013

It is interesting and revealing to closely examine Paul's argument regarding baptism in (1Cor.1:12-13). "Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?"

Look at the questions he raises: "Is Christ divided?" The obvious answer is "No!"  "Was Paul crucified for you?" "No!" "Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?"  "No!" What are the implications in the last question Paul asks? They are these:

  1. If you were baptized in the name of Cephas you are a Cephasite.
  2. If you were baptized in the name of Apollos you are an Apollosite.
  3. If you were baptized in the name of Paul you are a Paulite.
  4. If you were baptized into the name of Christ you are a Christian.
  5. If you have not been baptized at all you are neither a Cephasite, Apollosite, Paulite, nor Christian.

BAPTISM STANDS BETWEEN THE SINNER AND A GREAT MANY THINGS

  1. Baptism stands between the sinner and salvation. (Mk. 16:16).
  2. Baptism stands between the sinner and remission of sins. (Acts 2:38).
  3. Baptism stands between the sinner and getting into Christ. (Gal.3:27).
  4. Baptism stands between the sinner and entrance into the kingdom of God. (Jn.3:5)

Baptism alone does not blot out sin, neither does faith alone make one a child of God. Faith and repentance must precede baptism in order to make it effective. Baptism is the consummating act that puts one into Christ. Have you been baptized Scripturally?