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Aren't we saved by grace through faith?

Submitted: 5/30/2011
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Question: My son has a question I cannot answer. Baptism is a public profession of faith but it is not for sake of salvation. If there was a salvation check-list, the word of God would not be telling the truth when it states in Ephesians [2:9] that salvation is 'Not of works, lest any man should boast'. If I'm saved by something I did, such as speaking in tongues or being baptized I surely can say, (Lisa) I say, baptism (in Jesus Name), is part of salvation and so is speaking in tongues.

Answer: There is no contradiction between being saved by grace through faith and being saved through baptism in the name of Jesus. You are assuming that God considers baptism to be a work. What you must understand is that the Bible refers to 'works of the flesh' and to 'works of faith.' They are very different. It is true that no one can be saved by good moral conduct or by keeping the Jewish law, but submitting to water baptism is an act of faith, not a work. We do not earn salvation by being baptized; we take possession of it. For more explanation, please read our article called 'Saved by Grace Through Faith' found on Shelf 1 of the Apostolic Free Library on this website.