What, if any, relationship is there between baptism and salvation?


Is there ANY relationship between salvation and baptism, specifically AFTER salvation and not CAUSING salvation, I found this verse about baptism identifying someone with the death and resurrection of Christ (which is required belief for salvation):

Romans 6:3–5

3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?

4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,

What would be the relationship between these verses and infant baptism?

Does not salvation constitute becoming IN Christ Jesus?

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4 Responses to What, if any, relationship is there between baptism and salvation?

  1. Paedo-baptism assumes a salvation by relationship to the covenant in Christ of the parents. Therefore, paedo-baptism is a false hope that all babies baptized are saved “if they are elect” in the reform view. This sets a child up for the same churched self-deception of supposedly “growing up Christian” with no new birth.

  2. Charles Lutz says:

    I couldn’t disagree with him more ( in brotherly Christian love, of course), but GROWING UP CHRISTIAN is the whole idea that God wants for kids and families: families centered in Christ, and the teaching of baptism reinforces that. Look at it this way: when you’re an infant your parents have you inoculated for various diseases in the hope you won’t catch them. God stipulated for infants to be baptized in the hope for inclusion in the community of faith in Christ. And again, if Baptists are looking for a voluntary sacrament, that would be Communion. So the two sacraments have very different roles, one involuntary (for infants), one voluntary (for discerning Christians).

  3. Other than a Roman Catholic or Reform tradition in the history of the church of paedo-baptism, where in all of scripture is a “specific statement” that “God stipulated for infants to be baptized in the community of faith in Christ.” Where is this stipulation stated specifically in scripture? Besides the unstated assumption from church history of a correlation between Old Covenant circumcision and water baptism for infants, the Bible has no clear statement on paedo-baptism. I do not doubt that a “hope for inclusion in the community of faith in Christ” for infants is a good sentiment with good intentions by parents. But it is built on mere church tradition without any specific biblical support. Furthermore, salvation is rooted in “believing” truths concerning Christ. This assumes the initiated individual has the cognizant tools for objective faith (intelligent understanding of the message of the Gospel – See Stephen’s question to the Ethopian Eunuch: Act 8:30-31 – “Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.”). No infant has innately the cognizant intelligence for a faith commitment because of the depravity of Sin. Hence, paedo-baptism is a mere cultural tradition of various Christian sects as a form of “baby dedication” of the parents to God. This has good intent, but without biblical foundation or context except in the godly intents of Hannah’s dedication of Samuel in baby dedication to God’s service. And Jesus was presented in the temple after his birth. So the tradition of baby dedication to God is biblical in that sense, with circumcision being a sign of identity with the covenant of God. But as to any efficacy related to salvation or relationship of circumcision in the Old Testament to water baptism in the New Testament, the apostles in all the New Testament never speaks of infant baptism. Baby dedications are traditional to the church with good intent but water baptisms connected with them are unnecessary in the biblical schema of true faith in an understandable Gospel message

  4. Lorinda Lewis says:

    I don’t believe that baptism saves anyone, but is a picture of Christ’s burial and resurrection and that by being baptized one is identifying theirself with Christ’s burial and resurrection, by saying that they are dying to self and walking a new way of life.

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