We are in the process of redesigning our webpage. One thing that I, as the “webmaster,” did was include a panoramic picture of the building at the top of most pages. So I took the picture on my phone and emailed it to my personal email address (I found that editing pictures is easier with software I am more familiar with).
After editing the picture, I then emailed the picture to my church email address so I could put it on the new website. I waited, quite patiently, for it to travel the three to four feet from my laptop computer to the desktop computer in my office. After five minutes, I was getting a little perturbed.
So I re-opened my email program (no product plugs here) and it immediately started sending an email and two seconds later, the email with the picture arrived at my desktop computer. Put simply, I had closed down my email program before it had finished sending the picture.
There is a proper protocol that must be followed when you send an email. One of those steps is you have to wait until the email is sent before you shut down your email program. If you don’t, then the email will not send until you open your email program again, leading to perturbed and undesired results.
Salvation is like that, in a way. People feel that they can omit this step or that step and still achieve the desired result...but it doesn’t work that way.
The most omitted step is baptism (immersion), that is done for the forgiveness of sins. There are some who include baptism, but for the wrong reason while others omit it all together, denying it is part of the salvation process.
Acts 2:38 is clearly translated in most versions of the Bible. The word “for” does not mean “because of” it means “for the purpose of.” It is the same word (in Greek) that is used in Matthew 26:28. Was Jesus’ blood poured out because the forgiveness of sins was already obtained?
No! Jesus blood was poured out “for the purpose of” the forgiveness of sins. Thus forgiveness of sins cannot be obtained without coming into contact with the blood of Jesus.
Omitting this step will NOT achieve the desired results.