Can water baptism wash away one's sin?
The concept of baptism washing away sin stems from Acts
22:16, TEV. “And now, why wait any longer? Get up and be
baptized and have your sins washed away by calling on His
Does this mean you can was away your sins through
baptism? Let us look at Biblical evidence. How is baptism
described in the Bible?
Romans 6:2-7, NIV. "We died to sin; how can we live in it
any longer? Or don ’t you know that all of us who were
baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We
were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in
order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through
the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life."
Col 2:12: “Having been buried with him in baptism and raised
with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised
him from the dead.”
Mark 16:16-17: “Whoever believes and is baptized will be
saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
Baptism represents a decision to believe in Jesus as our
Saviour. Through baptism we publicly demonstrate that we
believe in our salvation obtained through Jesus, who died
for us and rose on the third day. Similarly we symbolically
indicate that by accepting Jesus in our lives, we are
experiencing a rebirth, our old self has died, we are a new
creation through Jesus Christ.
Jesus made this clear when discussing the importance of
baptism with a scholar named Nicodemus. John 3:3-8: “’In
reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see
the kingdom of God unless he is born again.’
‘How can a man be born when he is old?’ Nicodemus asked.
‘Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb
to be born!’
Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can enter
the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the
Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives
birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying,
`You must be born again.' The wind blows wherever it
pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it
comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born
of the Spirit.’" NIV
It is clear here that baptism doesn’t wash away sin, but
is an outward declaration that we want to live with Jesus
who is the only one who can forgive our sins. It cannot be
intended that the external rite of baptism was sufficient to
make you pure, but that it was an ordinance appointed by
Jesus as a public expression of the washing away of sins, or
of the purification of the heart.
Forgiveness of sins is obtained solely through faith in
the Lord Jesus, Acts 10:43: ”All the prophets testify about
him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness
of sins through his name."
Baptism is the visible sign of this. Paul summarizes this
beautifully in 1 Cor 6:11: “And that is what some of you
were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were
justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the
Spirit of our God.”
What a wonderful Saviour we do have! Would you like to
accept Him in your life now? He can and will forgive you of
your sins, no matter how horrible they are. He can transform
your life from an ugly charcoal into a radiant butterfly.
You can overcome your sins through our Lord and Saviour. Why
wait any longer? He is waiting for you!
Water baptism can wash away one's sin. The water means to
be made pure or clean. Baptisms use to be given by
submerging one person into the water totally in Jesus'
day...and some may still practice this way. The water is put
on one's head usually and that shows the power to take sin
out even though we sin all the time....God does not count it
because we are cleaned by the water and the Holy Spirit in
our soul. So by doing it by water is a way to show how we
are made clean.
What that means is that the gift of baptism is used by
Christ with water. This is what I think it is.
Water baptism is symbolic to the cleansing that must take
place in the heart. The actual baptism is your outward
expression to show the world that you are now united with
Christ because your heart has changed and will continue to
hold fast to that which God has told us. (Romans 10:9 -10)
There are only two prerequisites to the cleansing of sin:
You must believe in your heart and confess with you mouth
that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. With the mouth
confession is made and with the heart belief is made. The
heart is circumcised into the newness of your new life. Just
as Jesus was baptized, so too should we be baptized to show
that we are one of His. This says to the world that we are
not ashamed of the Gospel for it is the power of
salvation to the Jews and to the Gentiles. Thank God for His
There is but one thing that can wash away our sins: The
Blood of Jesus which was shed at Calvary on Golgotha's Hill.
The thief on the cross that asked Jesus to remember him was
given these words by Jesus, "This day you will be with me in
Paradise." He was not baptized. We are baptized out of
obedience to the command given by Jesus. We are baptized
because we love Him and we want to be like Him. There is
power in the Blood. Jesus said "I came to seek and to save
them that are lost. All we have to do is to open up and
invite Him in and He will come in. Salvation is a free gift
to us; all we have to do is invite Jesus in.
WHAT CAN WASH AWAY MY SINS ~~~~~NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD OF
Baptism in Water is a commandment, and is an outer
witness of the regeneration that has already happened in our
hearts. If Water baptism saved, then John would not have
needed to baptize Jesus, because Jesus knew no sin~ but was
baptized out of obedience to His Father. And all of John's
followers would have been saved, and would not have needed
personal salvation from Jesus . . . OH PRECIOUS IS THE FLOW
. . . . . . . . .
Forever thankful to Jesus for dying to save me from my
sins and for the witness of my baptism~ He is my Lord, my
Saviour, my All! It is Jesus who made me whole (body, mind,
soul, spirit) by His sacrificial death on the Cross . . .
I believe that the only thing that washes our sin away is
the shed blood of Jesus Christ. No water can wash away our
Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of sins, according to his riches of his
Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged
with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
Baptism is only a rebirth, not to say it is not important
also. When we are baptized it is a symbol of washing away
our past sins. We must do our best to live a Christian life
and to refrain from past sins afterward, or the baptism was
This is one woman's opinion from Cincinnati, Ohio.
No more than a bath can. Sin is only cleansed by the
sacrifice of Jesus applied to our lives when we publicly
acknowledge Him as our Saviour.
Baptism is a form of public witness that we have made that
decision. It is also the form of witness that Jesus ordained
for us to use. Some religious bodies do not use it,
believing that other forms of public witness are just as
valid - like coming forward at an evangelistic meeting and
kneeling at the front while someone prays with you, or
giving a testimony to an audience, or perhaps door knocking.
For example the thief on the cross next to Jesus made a
public witness of faith but was not baptized. Neither did he
have the opportunity. Some believe that true baptism is
receiving the Holy Ghost.
Mark 1:8-AV I indeed have baptized you with water: but he
baptize you with the Holy Ghost.
This was spoken by John the Baptist speaking of the coming
of Jesus onto the scene.
Matthew 28:19-AV Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son,
the Holy Ghost:
This was spoken by Jesus to His disciples.
Jesus Himself was baptized by his cousin John the Baptist
and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in the form of a
dove. The disciples baptized when they preached. People
heard them and came forward and were baptized.
Acts 2:41-AV Then they that gladly received his word were
baptized: and the same day there were added [unto them]
about three thousand souls.
Jesus Himself baptized people.
John 3:22-AV After these things came Jesus and his disciples
into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and
Jesus also said the following:
Mark 16:16-AV He that believeth and is baptized shall be
but he that believeth not shall be damned.
The keyword here is 'believeth'. My understanding of this
verse is not that baptism is essential, because other
passages prove that it clearly isn't, but that it is
expected as a witness to our salvation and, if you like, our
own little contract with God.
So I admit, it seems hard to get away from this business of
baptism. But if you look at these few references it is plain
to see that baptism was used as the initial form of public
witness of the belief that had come upon people after
hearing the preaching of the Gospel message. How many
churches do that today? The one I belong to and several
others I know of baptize people into membership of the
church. The use of this ceremony has been tainted with the
doctrine of works.
Baptism is not offered by these churches until the candidate
has studied at length and accepted all the doctrines of the
religion concerned. In other words, has shown by his or her
'works' that he or she is 'good enough' to be baptized and
admitted to the membership of the church. It seems that
public confession of faith in Jesus as Saviour and Lord is
no longer sufficient. Professed belief in man made rules and
interpretations of doctrine have been added.
Well, a public confession of faith was good enough for the
thief on the cross, and he was told by the Lord Himself that
he would be with Him in paradise. So I guess that will do
for me too. I have had the opportunity so I have been
baptized, even 'though I now believe the church does not do
it right, it was special for me. I do not believe that any
of the multitude of denominations have a mortgage on the
truth and correct practices.
But if baptism is so important and is not able to save, why
is it important. I expect it is because mankind just loves a
ceremony. Much of God's dealings with His people in the Old
Testament was based on ceremonies, most with periodic
repetition. It is not surprising that He would also give us
a ceremony to signify such a significant event in our lives
as receiving salvation.
Yes I do believe that it does.
No, water baptism does not and can not wash away sin.
Water baptism, as vital as it is as a symbol and testimony
of one's saving faith in Christ, is only that: a symbol, a
token of obedience and a way to publicly declare one's faith
in Christ. John's baptism didn't wash away sin, either; it
merely displayed a repentance from sin. The ONLY thing that
can wash away one's sin is the blood of Christ.
You asked the wrong question! Of course water baptism by
itself (from the Greek baptizo which would more properly be
translated "immerse") cannot save anyone, any more than a
bath or a quick dip in a swimming pool can.
The question should be reworded: "Does the Bible teach
baptism as necessary for salvation?"
Acts 2:38 tells us that the first required response to
belief in Christ was to "Repent and be baptized". Mk. 16:16
says that "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved".
The letter to the Colossians was written to Christians, and
in Col. 2:12 it assumes that all the Christians there were
"buried with Him in baptism." Bible baptism is not a "work".
You are completely submissive in baptism-- you cannot do it
As to the old "thief on the cross" argument: Aw, come on!
had not even risen from the dead yet. He was saved under the
It always awes my soul that so many people are willing to
stake their salvation on what some church, preacher or
family member has taught them, instead of what the
Scriptures clearly teach. May God open your eyes to His