Brethren, What Shall We Do?

              After hearing Peter and the other apostles preach on the day of Pentecost, the crowd asked, “Brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37).  They wanted to know what to do in order to be saved.

             It is the most important question that man can ask because it pertains to eternity.  It is also a question that effects us all.  The Bible says, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom.3:23).  As a result of having sinned we were lost and needed to be saved. 

             Peter answered the question by saying, “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 2:38).  This answer agrees with what the Lord taught in Mark 16:16 when he said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”   It is the same thing that Peter wrote in 1 Peter 3:21: “There is also an antitype which now saves us - baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

             While some teach that baptism has nothing to do with our salvation, it is simply not taught in the Bible.