Water Baptism – Legalism – Apostasy – Confusion…
The suffering and blood-shed of Messiah Jesus at Golgotha is wholly sufficient to save you from your sin by faith in Jesus as your Messiah. Salvation does not manifest by our works of self-righteousness which the Father equates to a bloody menstrual cloth (Isaiah 64:6) but our Salvation is wholly contingent upon what Jesus did for us by shedding His innocent blood to fulfill the mandates of Leviticus 17:11, a divine act of obedience that no man born of Adam’s seed could accomplish as we’re all sinners and we’ve all fallen short of the Father’s righteous mandates i.e. perfection (James 2:10; Galatians 3:10).
The ONLY righteousness we can receive in this life is the righteousness of Jesus Christ IMPUTED into our life by faith, alone (2 Corinthians 5:21)…not our works of obedience; not our philanthropy; not our baptism(s); not our church attendance, but by grace (unmerited favor unattainable through human effort-a divine Gift) through faith-trust-belief in what Jesus did for us at Golgotha (John 3; Matthew 26:28).
Water baptism is a “work” of obedience that is to manifest SUBSEQUENT initiating covenant relationship with the Father by faith-belief in Jesus, first. Water does not save; entering into a Baptismal does not save…it’s simply an outward sign of what has already manifest in the heart of the redeemed the moment one believes; that is, salvation by faith in Jesus as our Messiah believing that Jesus died to pay our sin-debt for us…a debt we could never pay our self; this, a covenant relationship Sealed and Guaranteed by the Holy Spirit (John 3; Ephesians 1:13-14).
Every child of God by faith in Jesus as Messiah should be baptized by immersion in water as commanded and demonstrated by our Lord but obedience to this command should NEVER be confused with the sole-sufficiency of Jesus to save through His obedience at Golgotha and that salvation actuated by faith, alone, in Jesus, alone.