The following is a sermon transcription that will explain what is Salvation and how important Baptism is for us to be saved.
He Who Believes and is Baptized
will be Saved
(adapted from a sermon by Pr Simon Chin)
What is Salvation?
In the bible, to be saved means to be delivered from the evil in the world and to receive eternal life. Many people know what is good, but they do not do it. They also know what is evil, but they cannot prevent themselves from doing it.
Once I met a drug addict who had been going to churches to ask for money to buy drugs. When he asked me for some money, I shared with him that what he needed was not money, but Christ to save him. However he did not listen further to know about Jesus, so that although he had come into the church, he still did not find salvation.
Jesus is God and only He can save us from sin. When we are set free from the bondage of sin, we will be able to do what is good in the sight of God, and doing so enables us to obtain salvation, which is eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Mark 16:15-16 – And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
The bible clearly says that those who hear the gospel, believe and are baptized shall be saved. After Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, He commanded His disciples to preach this gospel to the whole world, for it is the will of God for all people to be saved. The disciples then saw Jesus taken up to heaven. When Jesus comes again, it would be the last day of the world, and He will bring the souls of those who have believed in Him into the Kingdom of Heaven. After His ascension, Jesus’ disciples went out to preach the gospel wherever they go. Signs and miracles from God accompanied them, confirming the Word.
However this gospel had been changed over time and people were no longer preach what Jesus Christ had commanded. That is why we have thousands of churches today. Even the way baptism was conducted varies from one denomination to another.
But Jesus Christ wants this gospel of the kingdom to be proclaimed. Not only did He command His disciples to go and preach this gospel, He also sent the promised Holy Spirit upon His disciples. Ten days after Jesus ascended to Heaven, on the day of Pentecost, He sent the Holy Spirit upon the disciples who had gathered and waited for the promise, about one hundred and twenty of them. The Holy Spirit came upon them and they spoke in an unknown tongue. The sound of the one hundred and twenty people speaking in spiritual tongue was so loud that Jews gathered around the house where they were, and they marveled how these one hundred and twenty people could be exalting God, but they could not understand. So Peter, one of the apostles stood up among them, testify to them about Jesus and how they can receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:36-41). At that time, those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.
The resurrection of Jesus proved that He is indeed the Saviour and the Christ. Today He also sends down the Holy Spirit to us who live two thousand years later and this proves that He is truly the everlasting God.
We believe that in Jesus there is salvation. When we obey His command and go forth to proclaim this gospel, there will be miracles, signs and wonders accompanying us. Every place where True Jesus Church proclaims the gospel, people can experience the power of God. They can be set free from sin, able to do what is right in the sight of God. They feel the presence of God, the abidance of God by the Spirit of God and they know that the Lord had prepared for them eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven.
About twenty years ago, a small boy by the name of Moses from Pulim in Malaysia was admitted to a hospital in Singapore for a heart surgery. The family were very devout idol worshippers, particularly the maternal grandmother. Because of the illness of this baby, she had consulted the best doctors, and also visited famous temples throughout Malaysia to find the cure for her grandson. The family was in very great anxiety, because the baby was very frail, but had to undergo another heart surgery.
It so happened that the patient next to the baby’s bed was the baby of our church member who was also from West Malaysia. Moses was crying all the time, the parents were full of anxiety and do not know why. In contrast, our church member’s baby was sleeping soundly and the family members were full of peace and calmness. Our church deacons visited the child and laid hands on the baby and he slept very peacefully. So Moses’ grandmother requested the church ministers to pray for him. Very wonderfully after one prayer, baby Moses not only stopped crying, he was also able to sleep that night. When the family saw this remarkable phenomenon, they knew that our God is a powerful God.
That weekend they came to church and heard the gospel. They heard about baptism and how it is related to Salvation. Immediately they decided to have Moses and his mother baptized, so a special baptism was conducted at the sea. When our deaconess was carrying baby Moses into the water, he was very frail. He was breathing very slowly, his face was pinkish pale, and his body was cold. After our ministers conducted the baptism and brought the baby back to our deaconess, he became entirely different. His face became ruddy and his body was no longer cold. We proceed to conduct Holy Communion in the church. After that he was brought back to the hospital. He then had the heart surgery and recovered.
He is a 30 over years old man today, a strong and big sized businessman. The whole family believed because of that miracle that happened to him. They had the peace of Jesus Christ. They were set free and no longer need to worship idols. The whole family now serves the Lord with faith, and continues to experience the power of God in their lives. The family was full of joy and hope, because they know that in the Kingdom of Heaven, they have salvation and eternal life. Even though they do encounter difficulties just like anyone, but they know that the God Jesus Christ whom they served, is able to save them, unlike before.
So what do we believe to be saved? Believe Jesus. Believe that He is God.
1 John 5:20 – And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
Apostle John who wrote the book of 1 John was one of the twelve apostles who followed Jesus Christ for three years. He saw many miracles that Jesus performed, raising the dead to life, casting out the demons from the possessed, feeding 5,000 men with 5 loaves and 2 fishes, and many more. He was also one of the two apostles who ran to the tomb and saw the empty tomb of Jesus and later in the day, the resurrected Christ. So in his writings, John testified that the Son of God has come. He has given us understanding so that we can know Him who is true and we are in Him who is true in His son Jesus Christ. He is God, and in Him there is eternal life.
In Jesus Christ there is Salvation
We consider the birth of Jesus; how angels testify that He is the Saviour.
Luke 2:10-11 – Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem, according to the prophecies. He is actually God incarnated from the flesh. His birth concerns the whole world, because He was born in the flesh to be the Saviour of all mankind. So when He was born in Bethlehem, angels appeared to the shepherds in the field (verse 8).
Matt 1:18 – 22
Jesus was born of a virgin, fulfilling what the prophets said several hundred years ago. His mother, Mary, was betrothed to Joseph, but before they had come together, Mary was found with the child of the Holy Spirit. An angel appeared to Joseph when he was thinking of cancelling the betrothal, to tell him that Mary had conceived of the Holy Spirit rather than of man and the baby to be born is to be called Jesus, who will save His people from the sins.
Why must Jesus come in the flesh?
Acts 4:12 – “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Jesus came in the flesh to lay down His life to be crucified on the cross, so that the blood He shed could forgive sins. Man can only be saved through Jesus, God that comes in the flesh, therefore He is also the only saviour of mankind. Whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins. (Acts 10:43)
Jesus Christ said in the Bible, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved.” What is the relationship between baptism and salvation? Baptism is a sacrament whereby there is remission of sins by the blood of Jesus (Acts 2:38)
When the apostles were preaching, they also conducted baptism for the forgiveness of sins. (Acts 22:16)
In baptism, we are born again, not of the flesh, but of water and Spirit. Nicodemus asked how can a man be born again. Jesus explained that to be born again is to be born of water and the Spirit, only then he can enter the kingdom of God.
Being born of water is baptism, whereby the old person dies and a new creation come forth, who is just and righteous without sin before God. He is born again and is able to be saved.
When we are baptized, we put on Christ and become one in Christ. We belong to Christ and share in God’s promise to Abraham and his descendants, to inherit the Kingdom of God. (Gal 3:27-29)
2 Cor 5:21 – For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
It is very important to have this righteousness of God. Jesus Christ was born without sins. In the thirty-three years of His life, He did not commit any sin. He became sin on the cross to die for our sins, so that we can become righteousness of God in Him. On the last day when Jesus Christ comes, because we are righteous, we will be taken to the Kingdom of Heaven. Those who do not believe in Christ do not receive this grace of righteousness of God for eternal life.
Be sure of this Hope
In our church, our baptism is done according to the bible. It is conducted in the name of Jesus Christ in living water, which can be a river, the sea, or a spring fountain. The whole body is immersed in the water in the likeness of Christ. The face is bowed down, just as when Jesus Christ bowed His head when He died on the cross. We believe that in baptism, the blood of Jesus washes away our sins and justifies us as we put on Christ. We pray for the Holy Spirit, we speak in tongues. This Holy Spirit testifies we are sons of God and we have an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance that does not fade away reserved in Heaven for us. (1 Peter 1:3-5)
Therefore we always continue to have faith in Him in all circumstances, because we are very certain that there is Salvation.
We pray that this living hope shall come upon all our friends who search the bible and believe in Jesus.