Is Baptism Necessary?

No – the Bible doesn’t teach that. When Jesus was dying on the cross, a criminal was crucified next to Him. The thief recognized who Jesus is. Even that late in his life, even after a life of crime, the thief made a request to Jesus, “Remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said, “Where I’m going, you’re going.” Wait! What about baptism? There was no chance for this man to be baptized. There was no chance for this man to do anything good – yet he was in. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. When we trust in God, we’re saved. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8, 9 (ESV) Baptism has never saved anyone. It can’t. It’s an external work, and works don’t save. Saving grace only comes when we repent of our sin and receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, believing on His name (John 1:12). Keep in mind that baptism is only a symbol. It’s a symbol of an important reality. Baptism symbolizes that reality.