Re: Is Baptism Important?
To to underestimate the importance of water Baptism, but remember that some of the gentiles received the gift of the Holy Ghost before water baptism.
Act 10:44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
Act 10:45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Act 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
Act 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
So this brings up the question. If the Gentiles had the same gift that they of the circumcision (Jews) had, were they not really saved?
Rom 8:9 But you are not in flesh, but in Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone has not the Spirit of Christ, this one is not His.
We know for a fact that the gentiles had the gift of the Holy Ghost before being water baptized and we know that if the Spirit of God dwells in us, if we have the gift of the Holy Ghost, then we are saved.
As I posted already….
1Pe 3:20 to disobeying ones, when once the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, an ark having been prepared, into which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.
1Pe 3:21 Which antitype now also saves us, baptism (not a putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God through the resurrection of Jesus Christ;
Peter says that the cleansing of the filth of the flesh does not save us, but it is the answer of a good conscience toward God through the resurrection of Jesus Christ that saves us.