© 2011 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
Without Jesus, salvation from sin is impossible (Acts 4:12). How do we get what He died to provide? “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” (Acts 2:38). When first heard, that good news created quite a stir. “So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41). It didn’t stop there. The Lord kept adding to their number “day by day those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47).
Everyone whom Jesus saves, He adds to His church. “…Christ is the head of the church, His body, and is Himself its Savior” (Ephesians 5:23). What is the church? It is nothing more and nothing less than the body of people whom Jesus has saved, the people whom He has cleansed “by the washing of water with the word” (Ephesians 5:26).
“There is one body and one Spirit — just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call — one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6). Only one church belongs to Jesus. Only one baptism ushers one into that church. The right baptism and the right church are inseparable. The Lord adds people only to the church for which He died. And He adds them only when they are baptized the way the Bible teaches.
Have you been baptized with that singular baptism? It is immersion in water in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 8:38, 22:16, Romans 6:3-4). Are you a member of that church made up exclusively of people whom God saved when they were baptized?