There is a lot of opinion and theory regarding salvation, but if we
look at what was taught by Jesus Christ, then preached upon His
authority by Peter, and then practiced by the apostles consistently;
we see two essential elements that make up the Christian new birth.
John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a
man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the
kingdom of God.
Those essential elements are: WATER and SPIRIT. A grown man was
told by God manifest in the flesh that he had to be born of water
and that he had to be born of the Spirit.
Whenever either ingredient of the Christian New Birth was missing,
the apostles IMMEDIATELY added the missing one. Those who had even
been baptised personally by John the Baptist were IMMEDIATELY
re-baptised in Jesus name for the remission of their sins. John's
baptism was only for a temporary period of time. Jesus Name baptism
does remit sins by the POWER of the shed blood of God.
Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash
away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
Note the essentiality of both WATER and SPIRIT:
Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be
that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the
Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he
that believeth not shall be damned.
Deceivers that suggest that non-believers would be baptised and that
Jesus would have needed to mention lack of baptism WITH non-belief,
are not being honest, so we need not waste time with them.
John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man
be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one
of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye
shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to
all that are afar off, [even] as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Acts 2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying,
Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and
the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls.
A case where the re-birth of WATER preceded the re-birth of SPIRIT
Acts 8:14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that
Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and
Acts 8:15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they
might receive the Holy Ghost:
Acts 8:16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were
baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
Acts 8:17 Then laid they [their] hands on them, and they received the
A case where the re-birth of SPIRIT preceded the re-birth of WATER:
Acts 10:45 And they of the circumcision which believed were
astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles
also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.
Then answered Peter,
Acts 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be
baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
Acts 10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the
Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
Another where the re-birth of the SPIRIT preceded re-birth of WATER.
Acts 19:1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth,
Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and
finding certain disciples,
Acts 19:2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye
believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether
there be any Holy Ghost.
Acts 19:3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And
they said, Unto John's baptism.
Acts 19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of
repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him
which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
Acts 19:5 When they heard [this], they were baptized in the name of
the Lord Jesus.
Acts 19:6 And when Paul had laid [his] hands upon them, the Holy Ghost
came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
The apostles made sure that folks had been re-born both of the WATER
and re-born of the SPIRIT, the Acts 2:38 plan of salvation that has
always been adhered to by true Christianity.