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Does baptism play a role in being born again?


Being born again is entirely a spiritual experience - it takes place when a person puts their faith in Jesus Christ (see the link: Spiritual Rebirth). Water baptism is only a ritual (whether we are talking about John's, Jesus', or believer water-baptism - not to be confused with the Spirit baptism all believers receive on faith in Christ: Rom.8:9).  Water-baptism has nothing to do with salvation or eternal life. The important thing in rebirth is faith, for it is only through faith in Jesus Christ that a person receives God's new life (1Jn.5:10-12) and passes from death to life (1Jn.3:14; cf. Jn.5:24).

On the topic of being born again, please consult these links:

Spiritual Rebirth (in Peter #19)

A New Creature: Being Born Again

Born Again at Salvation

A Fresh Start for the Heart (in Peter #26)

Bible Basics 4B:  Soteriology: the Biblical Subject of Salvation

Please see also the following links for more about the subject of baptism:

Baptism:  Water and Spirit

Baptism and Following Jesus

Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation?

The 'baptism which now saves you': 1st Peter 3:21.

An Extended Conversation about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Is water baptism required for Christians today?

Hope this helps,

Yours in Christ,

Bob Luginbill

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