If you by faith believe in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection providing sin's atoning sacrifice, and asked Him into your heart - repenting of your sins, you "are" saved by our Holy Father's grace, mercy, and love. Romans 10:10, "For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
As the Scripture says, 'Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.'" I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. - Luke 13:3 (NKJV) "And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him." - Hebrews 5:9 (NKJV) "These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life..." - 1 John 5:13 (NKJV) .
As Christians we perceive our fallen nature and realize our lost spiritual condition, in need of our Heavenly Savior's grace, mercy, and love... ...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. - Romans 3:23 (NKJV) .
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. - 1 John 1:8 (NKJV) For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. - Ephesians 2:8 (NKJV)
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12 (NKJV) And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him. - Hebrews 5:9 (NKJV) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. - John 3:16 (NKJV)
No, being baptized as a young baby, toddler, or child, does not guarantee you are saved. You have to personally ask and receive Jesus Christ into your heart, repent of your sins, and in faith, believe His death and resurrection as God's lamb of sacrifice, provided for your salvation.
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No. However, those who are saved will seek to be baptized. I use the following example, "If you asked Jesus Christ into your life and died immediately after you said the prayer of salvation, you would still go to heaven."
Some people quote John 3:5, to confirm the requirement of baptism, "Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God." But clearly, as we look unto all scripture we quickly see, baptism is good, however, it is "not" a prerequistie for salvation.
Here are some additional scriptures pertaining to baptism: "Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, 'Men and brethren, what shall we do?'" Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." - Acts 2:37-38 (NKJV)
CHRISTIAN'S SHOULD SEEK TO BE BAPTIZED, AND FOLLOW GOD'S WORD, WILL, AND WAYS ...
"Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord." - Acts 22:16 (NKJV) "... do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." - Romans 6:3-4 (NKJV) .
"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 (NKJV).
"And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body." - Ephesians 1:22-23 (NKJV) "And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved." - Acts 2:47 (NKJV)
AS CHILDREN OF GOD, WE WILL REMAIN FAITHFUL AND OBEDIENT TO GOD'S WORD - WHICH IS FILLED WITH KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM. YOU HAVE TO READ GOD'S WORD, IN ORDER TO FOLLOW GOD'S WORD. AS SUCH, GOD'S WORD IS "VERY" IMPORTANT, FOR GOD IS HIS WORD - JOHN 1:1.
"And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him." - Hebrews 5:9 (NKJV) "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me." - John 14:23-24.
"If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love." - John 15:10 (NKJV) .
"These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life..." - 1 John 5:13 (NKJV) "...you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." - 2 Timothy 3:14-17 (NKJV) .
HOW OFTEN DO I HAVE TO REPENT OF MY SINS?
Everyday...for we die daily to sins fallen nature. As Christians we perceive our fallen nature and realize our lost spiritual condition, in need of our Heavenly Savior's grace, mercy, and love... "...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." - Romans 3:23 (NKJV) .
"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." - 1 John 1:8 (NKJV) "Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness." - 1 John 3:4 (NKJV)
"But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear." - Isaiah 59:2 (NKJV).
WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD !
"But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." - Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV).
"So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." - Romans 10:17 (NKJV).
FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD.
"But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, 'Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.' And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." - James 2:20-26 (NKJV)
TRUE CHRISTIAN'S WILL "WANT" TO TELL OTHERS ABOUT JESUS CHRIST AND SIN'S SALVATION REDEMPTION PLAN, SO THAT THEY TOO CAN KNOW OF GOD'S GRACE, MERCY, AND LOVE, AND LIVE ETERNALLY IN HEAVEN WITH OUR HOLY FATHER, SAVIOR, AND FRIEND.
"Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven." - Matthew 10:32-33 (NKJV) .
YES, WE WILL ALL BE JUDGED BY GOD ACCORDING TO HIS WORD FOR THE LIFE WE HAVE LIVED (ACTS 17:31; ROMANS 2:16; MATTHEW 16:27; JAMES 2:12; REVELATION 20:12-15).
Therefore, We are to be diligent to present our self approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. - 2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV)
We are told to be faithful until death, and by doing so, we will receive the crown of life. - Revelation 2:10 (NKJV),
God leads us and guides us in all our ways, when we lean and trust in Him with all our heart. - (Proverbs 3:5-6).
It is by God's grace you are saved, through faith. This is not from yourselves, but God - (Eph. 2:8)