Hello, I am 15 years old. I go to ***** Baptist church in Locust Grove, Ga. It is an independent King James Bible believing church. We are dispensational and our church tries to emphasize the books of the bible written to the Body of Christ, which were written by Paul. We believe in salvation by grace and not of works. Ephesians 2:8-9. I do not believe baptism in water has anything to do with us in the Church Age. It is definitely not part of the gospel of the grace of God, 1 Corinthians 1:17, but why do even a lot of dispensationalist say “baptizing doesn’t save you, but you should get baptized because it represents the death, burial, ad resurrection of Christ.”? I haven’t ever seen where Paul said that. (Jesus speaking to us through Paul’s writing’s that is) Paul said by inspiration, “Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.” -2 Timothy 2:7. I believe the King James Bible is Gods word, so I will look at what Paul said about baptism. Ephesians 4:5 says “One Lord, one faith, one baptism,”. Okay, so there is one baptism I need in the Grace Age. That one baptism is not with water, but when we got saved, God baptized us into the Body of Christ. My pastor and all the teachers I know and listen to say that “baptizing doesn’t save you, but you should get baptized because it represents the death, burial, ad resurrection of Christ.”, but why did they say that? Also, why do people say that baptism is an ordinance? 1 Corinthians 11:2 – “Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.” In the scripture Paul baptized in the Acts period, but in the scriptures he wrote he never delivered any ordinance for Church Age believers to get baptized in water.
The “ordinances” of I Cor. 11:2 is not ordinances of the law, nor of baptism, not even of communion. It is a reference to “order” as in “Let all things be done decently and in order” – I Cor 14:40. Chapters 11-15 have to do with order. Even chapter 15 is the order of resurrections. So you are right in your view of baptism.
Baptist Churches water baptize quoting Romans 6:3-5. But even most of them know that Romans 6 is NOT water baptism. They do it based on Baptist Doctrine as they were taught and defend. Water baptism in the Bible was never symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection. It was “for remission of sins” and was preached before the understanding of the cross revealed and explained by Paul.
Keep up the good studies!