For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (Galatians 3:26-27)
The Doctrine Of Through, Into And On
Following the sermon by Peter on the day of Pentecost, many of the devout Jews said, “What must we do?” They realized they had killed the Messiah and sought forgiveness. The evangelist Philip studied with a man from Ethiopia in the area of Gaza and as he preached Jesus the Ethiopian asked to be baptized in water. He was. Two preachers had been arrested and thrown into prison in Philippi for healing a young girl. That night a great earthquake opened the cell doors causing the jailor to fear for his life. He begged of Paul and Silas to know what to do to be saved. The story goes on as the historian Luke recounts the early growth of the Lord’s church. One overriding theme of the book of Acts is how people became Christians. It should be noted to the careful student of the New Testament there was only one path to salvation and every story of conversion walked this same path.
Paul’s letter of Galatians gives a three point lesson to answer the question of what a person must do to be saved. He points out that salvation comes THROUGH faith in Christ Jesus. To be a “Son of God” faith must be the engine that drives the spirit to believe Jesus of Nazareth is God’s Son. Without faith it is impossible to please God. There is great emphasis on faith in religion today but sadly to the exclusion of so many other things necessary for salvation. Salvation comes THROUGH faith in the will of the Father.
The next part of salvation comes from the INTO. Here comes the problem. Paul shows the necessity of faith and then explains that salvation is found in being baptized INTO Christ. Many people do not believe that baptism saves. They believe in the THROUGH of salvation but not the INTO of salvation. Paul outlines the need of the THROUGH and the INTO! Baptism is not an outward sign. It is a relationship changing act of faith. When one believes by faith in Christ Jesus they will obey the will of God and accept baptism INTO Christ as necessary leading to the final part of salvation. The forgiveness of sins will come THROUGH faith in Christ Jesus when a person is baptized INTO Christ and that is when they put ON Christ.
Saved people are put ‘ON’ people. If you have not put ON Christ there is no salvation. Faith is necessary because it shows the THROUGH of salvation. Baptism is necessary because it shows the INTO and the ON of obedience. If you believe in Jesus Christ and have not been baptized for the remission of sins you have not been saved. Why? There is no INTO and ON in faith – only THROUGH. Faith only cannot save you (James tells us this in James 2) because salvation by faith only will only get you the THROUGH. Baptism will bring salvation because faith has already been THROUGH and the obedience in water washes away sin because you are now INTO Christ and put ON Christ.
THROUGH – INTO – ON. Three points to help you wash away your sins.