Acts 2:38 Baptism
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 08, 2019)

So many people are told today that if they do not “obey Acts 2:38 by getting water baptized,” they cannot be saved. That is a foolish doctrine. One is saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ…not by being submersed in water.

And Acts 2:38 is not even about water baptism…it is about being baptized in the Spirit of God.

In Matthew 3, we find the cousin of Jesus, John the Baptist, baptizing people in the river Jordan. John declares,

“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:” (v.11)

The baptism of the Lord is with the Holy Ghost and with fire. This Holy Ghost Baptism is what took place in Acts 2:4…they were baptized in the Holy Ghost and began to speak in tongues as the Spirit gave them the utterance.

In Acts 2:38, Peter was telling the people he was preaching to that if they received that same baptism that they had witnessed early in the chapter, i.e the baptism of the Holy Ghost…they too, would receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Water Baptism does not save anyone. It is nothing more than symbology. It is a voluntary outward expression of an already experienced inward possession.