Join Date: Jan 2004
location: northern AL
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But baptism is just that - a symbol - as you said. It is an act of obedience. The thief on the cross wasn't baptized but is in paradise (heaven) according to Jesus.
I agree that just the fact that Jesus died for us isn't enough. If we only believe, that's not enough either. As you said, from the book of James, the demons believe & they tremble. He died for all of us so that we would accept his invitation to make him Lord of our life. This means selling out to Him - the tell tale sign of which is obedience. Now, we are back to the baptism thing which is commanded of us as an act of obedience. If you don't give your life to him 100%, you are rejecting his free gift.
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