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Posted On 12/03/2014

Does baptism wash away your sins?

Dirty hands
Doesn’t this sound appealing? After all the mistakes you have made, and the guilt you feel, wouldn’t it be great to just get in a tub of water and make it all go away?
Good news! It’s even more simple than that. Having faith in Christ is like hitting the delete button on all of your past sins and guilt. The act of Baptism represents the washing away of our sins.  So much, in fact, that when the message of the risen Christ was first preached (in Acts 2) there was no distinction between baptism and faith.

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Baptism is faith through visible form. When you place your faith in Christ he washes your sins away.

Getting Wet

Baptism without faith is just getting wet. I have seen several people make a decision to get baptized but not truly follow Christ. Baptism can be fake, but faith cannot.  Faith does not mean you have gotten everything in your life in order. Most people think they have to have their life perfectly together before they can get baptized. This is like saying you need to get cleaned up before you take a bath.
Faith means you are all in. You believe Jesus Christ is the son of God and because of that belief you are now going to follow him.  Yes, you will fail at times, but you will turn around, repent, and try again. No it’s not  always easy, but you are committed to him.
That’s it, that’s faith. If you feel like you are “all in” then you should be baptized. No more waiting. Do it….because that’s what you do when you’re all in.
For more read FAQ – Baptism
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About The Author

Grant Agler

Teaching Pastor/Communications Champion Central

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Grant was our resident farmboy. He grew up in the cornfields of northwest Nebraska. He spent his early days living far from God. As Grant says, "I gave God the middle finger and didn't really care about faith at all." As a young man, he became convinced that God was real. He gave his life to Jesus and experienced God's amazing grace that previously made no sense to him. After experiencing that grace, Grant felt God calling him to teach the message of the gospel. Over the past 20 years, he has been preaching and teaching. Grant, his wife, Bethany, and their four children moved to Michigan in 2011, and he joined the 2|42 team in 2019. Grant is always good for a laugh, but more importantly, he explains biblical concepts in ways anyone can understand. We wish Grant and his family all the best as they start their new ministry adventures in Colorado in summer 2023.
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