Acts 2:38 And Baptism “For The Remission Of Sins”

Acts 2:38 says … Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Following are a couple of parallels to Acts 2:38 (where a benefit is conditioned upon two commands):

· Acts 3:19 Repent ye … and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out

· Enroll ye, and be instructed every one of you unto the receiving of a diploma

Do you see how the plain meaning of Acts 2:38 makes the forgiveness of sins contingent upon being baptized?

The English word “for” (in “for the remission of sins”) is from the Greek word “eis,” which (as anybody can tell from a Greek concordance) is translated the vast majority of time into words such as “into” (most predominate), “unto”, and “to,” always indicating direction towards something. So Acts 2:38 teaches baptism is “unto” the remission of sins, not because of.

Think about this: If you have never been baptized “for the remission of sins” (for that reason), then you have never received the remission of sins.

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