Acts 22:16 Says Our Sins Are Washed Away At Baptism

Acts 22:16 reads “… Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”

The sentence structure of Acts 22:16 is similar to the following examples where the word “and” connects and shows dependence (the second upon the first):

· everyday example – Cut my yard, and receive your five dollars pay

· James 4:7 Resist the devil, and he will flee from you

· Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you

· Luke 10:28 … this do, and thou shalt live

· Matthew 13:15b lest … they … should be converted, and I should heal them

So Acts 22:16 is saying the washing away of Saul’s sins was dependent upon his water baptism. As a matter of fact, the verse shows the following three things happened at the same time:

1. "be baptized"

2. "wash away thy sins"

3. "calling on the name of the Lord" (which all admit is necessary to salvation)

Acts 22:16 therefore proves Paul’s sins were not forgiven at the point of his faith on the road to Damascus. Instead he was forgiven at the time of his baptism.


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