September 13, 2013
Mark 16:16 and Baptism
Christ didn’t say anything about those who believe and are not baptized.
What about the thief on the cross? Christ said to the thief, “Today you will be with me in Paradise.” The thief could not be baptized before he died on the cross, but he was certainly saved that day.
Our justification from sins takes place at the point of saving faith, not at the point of water baptism, which usually occurs later.
Baptism is not necessary for salvation. But it is necessary if we are to be obedient to Christ, for he commanded baptism for all who believe in him.