1 Cor. 7:14
1 Cor. 15:22
1 Cor. 15:52
1 John 1:9
1 John 2:2
- 1 Corinthians 15:22
- "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive."
- It is argued that since all men are born 'in Adam' and therefore subject to death, the only way they can come out of the grave is to become "in Christ" (i.e., to be baptized).1 Hence it is said that only the baptized will be raised for judgment; those not baptized will remain eternally in the grave.
- The chief fallacy in the above interpretation is the assumption that baptized believers are no longer "in Adam". The erroneousness of this assumption is evidenced by the fact that baptized believers still experience the pull of fleshly desires and are subject to death. (Cf. Rom. 7:18-25). The deliverance at baptism is potential, not actual. It is not actual until believers are freed from the "law of sin and death" (Rom. 8:2) when their mortal bodies are redeemed from its power to change to an immortal nature. Deliverance begins at baptism and the process continues through the probationary period until resurrection to judgment, and if faithful, the granting of immortality.
- Believers are baptized for the forgiveness of their own sins, and not for the sin of Adam. This is indicated from the following passages:
Believers (along with the rest of humanity) inherit the effects of Adam's sin, but not the guilt.
- " . . . and hath forgotten that he the believer was purged from his own sins." (2 Peter 1:9).
- "And now Paul why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord." (Acts 22:16).
- " . . . Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins . . . " (Acts 2:38 cf. 3:26; 5:31).
- Resurrections have occurred in the past of those who evidently were neither Jews nor baptized. (Elijah raised the son of the widow of Zarephath, a Phoenician city between Tyre and Sidon - 1 Kings 17:21-23). Baptism, therefore, cannot be the deciding factor by which God raises the dead, nor does He regard the Adamic sentence of death as a barrier to His raising the unjustified dead.
- Or by sacrifices in patriarchal and Mosaic dispensations. Return