The Bible says that the Old Testament is a “type and shadow of things to come” Colossians 2:17 , Romans 8:5, Hebrews 10:1. In the Old Testament we see that water was either saving or damning. In Genesis 6, you had to be in the ark Noah built to be saved from the flood, there was no other option given. No getting in the boat some other way, hanging on the side, etc. You were either saved or damned by water.
As an infant, Moses was saved by water, Exodus 2:2-10.
Later, Moses was leading God's people across the Red Sea in Exodus 14:13-31.
Either you went across with Moses safely, a servant of God, or were drowned with Pharaoh and his armies, representing sin’s side. The same water damned one group and saved the other depending on who led them through the water.
In the Tabernacle plan that God gave Moses, God said to Moses “wash at the laver, (like a large sink) that ye die not”, Exodus 30:20-21. The Priest, who had offered a lamb for the sins of the people had blood on his hands and feet. If he walked into the “Holy” place without washing, he died, no questions asked. So all through the Old Testament God made it plain that you are saved or damned by water.
In the New Testament Jesus said, “he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, he that believeth not shall be damned”, Mark 16:16. Some preachers say it does not matter if you are baptized. Tell that to Noah, Moses, or Pharaoh, it does matter. The Old Testament is a type and shadow of the New Testament, if water was important in the Old Testament, it is important in the New Testament.
Peter said, “Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost”, Acts 2:38. Peter commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. The Bible is very clear that there are NOT several different ways to be baptized. How many boats in Noah’s day? One. How many ways across the Red Sea? One. Ways to wash at the laver? One.
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