greetings to all,
Some bible believing christian friends affirmed that baptism is not necessary for salvation because rebirth is only through faith and as such:
Ezekiel was born again by faith in the coming Christ. Look what he wrote about the Christ who is the Good Shepherd:
“For thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.
"As a shepherd cares for his herd in the day when he is among his scattered sheep, so I will care for My sheep and will deliver them from all the places to which they were scattered on a cloudy and gloomy day.” ( Ezekiel 34:11-12 )
Jesus said: “I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.” ( John 10:14-15 )
And Ezekiel even said that the Christ would be the Son of David:
“"Then I will set over them one shepherd, My servant David, and he will feed them; he will feed them himself and be their shepherd.
"And I, the LORD, will be their God, and My servant David will be prince among them; I the LORD have spoken.” ( Ezekiel 34:23-24 )
So Ezekiel also believed in the coming Christ, the Good Shepherd. But Ezekiel was not baptized.
Jeremiah also was born again by faith in the coming Christ. Look what he wrote about the Christ:
““Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, "When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; And He will reign as king and act wisely And do justice and righteousness in the land.
"In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell securely; And this is His name by which He will be called, ‘The LORD our righteousness.’” ( Jeremiah 23:5-6 )
So Jeremiah believed in the coming Christ as his personal LORD. But Jeremiah was not baptized.
So let’s see how Moses also believed in the coming Christ. Jesus said:
“For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me.
“But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”” ( John 5:46-47 )
So Moses believed in Jesus Christ and wrote about Him. Moses also was born again by faith in Christ, but Moses was not baptized.
So the question remains: If as you say baptism is the new birth and that it is necessary for Salvation, then how were all those godly people born again and how were they saved? Because they were not baptized.
…And i thought observing the LAW was the way in the OT!
What is your take on the matter?