Baptism is quite beautiful if you look at it from God’s perspective and is in-line with His nature of doing things in relationship: The idea of “prayer for salvation” is entirely individualistic and more in-line with the Western falsehood that everyone is “independent.” This is not Christ-like teaching; we are all dependent upon Him and serve one other. Baptism is the response to the gospel in which a person takes their willingness to surrender and their agreement to the terms of repentance, along with their faith in the resurrection of Christ and offer it to God; Who, through a powerful working of His great mercy, causes them to be born again, by the Spirit, into the Son. All three persons of the Godhead participate, and we, as the body participate. We say, “I baptize you into Jesus Christ” (And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved [Act 4:12]; While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me [John 17:12]). We, the body of Christ, in participation with the redemptive work of the Son, are baptizing, by the Holy Spirit in the powerful working of the great mercy of the Father, this new member into the death and resurrection of Christ. This is the true meaning of “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”, repentance unto the Father, life re-positioned in the Son, filled with the Holy Spirit, all done through the touch (partnership, participation) of the body of Christ. This is far closer to the nature of God than any independent form of salvation.

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