What about the thief on the cross?
This is one of the most common questions about the need to be baptized.
The thief died without believing in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.
He was saved under the OT dispensation. The New Testament did not begin till Jesus died. For a testament to have power, someone dies for the Will and Testament of the New Covenant to have effect.
It would be unbiblical to cancel out all of the words, commands, commissions, instructions, and doctrine given to us by Jesus and the Apostles because of this unique situation.
Who can replicate this?
Can one hanging on a cross next to Jesus hanging on a cross?
This exception should not be used to cast doubt and cancel out the absolute need for baptism’s pattern, promise, and power.
To be saved, must we hang on a cross next to Jesus? Obviously not.
If you are not that thief hanging next to Jesus, I would encourage you to get Baptized. Why?
Because Jesus and His apostles commanded it to be so.
More than sixty times, baptism is mentioned in the New Testament.
Jesus Christ himself insisted that he needed to be baptized.
How much more do you and I need to be baptized?
How important is it to be baptized just like the did in the book of Acts?
Paul even rebaptized people who had not been baptized in Jesus Name.
Read the following scriptures to gain clarity and understanding of this truth.
14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.
19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,
20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.
21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.
22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.