Baptism in the name of Jesus Christ was commanded of God to every creature in the world. (Matt. 28:18-20 f; Acts 2:38; Acts 10:48) God’s new testament commandments were given to two accountable classes known as “the saved” and “the Lost,”. Baptism was given to only one class and certainly not to both classes. If it was given to those who were already saved, then salvation precedes baptism; but if the command was given to the lost, then baptism precedes salvation. It is just that simple!
To settle this matter beyond doubt, one only has to read the book of conversions known as The Acts Of The Apostles. Here you will find the apostles of Christ instructing people what to do to be saved. In the epistles written to Christians you will find the things made binding upon them. Here is what you will find: The commandment to be baptized was given each and every time to those who were lost and never once to the saved. Never will you read where baptism is made binding upon Christians along with other Christian duties. All Christian duties recur. If baptism is commanded of Christians, why be baptized just once? Why not repeat it along with other Christian duties?
Conclusion: Let us never put the horse before the cart. Every sinner who believed and confessed Jesus was the Christ the Son of God, and who repented of their sins was commanded to be baptized, without exception. This was true for the 3,000 on the day of Pentecost. This was true for the Eunuch. This was true for Cornelius. This was true for Saul. This was true for Lydia. This was true for the jailer. This was true for the Corinthians. Most importantly, it’s true for us today!