Perhaps the best known, most watched, and longest running game show is “The Price Is Right.” The show was launched in 1956, and became famous with Bob Barker as host in 1972. At the beginning of the show, four people are called to the front row of the audience. There they try to guess the price of a particular item. The person whose guess is closest to the price gets to go on stage to play a game to win a prize — most are rather pricey. Some of the games are logical, some are lucky, and some are rather silly.
So, what does “The Price Is Right” relate to spiritual matters? No one has to labor to earn the show’s prizes. The contestant who wins a car doesn’t have to take out a loan to pay for the car. No winner has to work a minimum wage job for 23.375 eight-hour days to buy a $1,500 TV. The only way a contestant can obtain a prize is to win the game. Just as “The Price Is Right” puts conditions on their awards, God has placed conditions on eternal life.
Many believe that salvation is completely unconditional. Most think that a person is saved at the point of faith and no “work” or “action” is necessary or else salvation is earned and cannot be a gift. This doctrine attempts to negate the “work” of baptism.
There are six verses in the New Testament that relate blessings to baptism:
1 Corinthians 12:13: “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.”
Galatians 3:27: “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”
Romans 6:3-4: “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”
Acts 22:16: “And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.”
Acts 2:38: “And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins’”
1 Peter 3:21: “Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you . . .”
Hear the conclusion of the matter: Baptism is a condition of being in one body, being in Christ, having a new life, having sins washed away and forgiven, and ultimately, salvation. One who is not baptized does not have any of these blessings.
Before objecting, read the passages again. They are the plain, unvarnished truth. To say that baptism is not necessary for salvation is to say that these passages are a lie.