Salvation and Baptism
Acts 2:36-42 (NASB95)
36 "Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified."
37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?"
38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 "For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself."
40 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation!"
41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.
42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
There are those who read this passage of scripture and immediately jump to the conclusion that this is a formula for salvation. So they believe a person must be water baptized in Jesus name (not the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) before they are born again. (Some even believe speak in tongues since this passage is about the promise.) If this is the only passage a person reads and does not look at the context and other Bible verses, it would be easy to believe it is a formula for salvation.
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