-- Answer: Jesus --
Yes, it was the Lord Himself who
stated in Mark 16:16 that "He that
believeth and is baptized shall be saved...."
Surely, if this were the only
verse in all the Bible that placed
baptism in connection with salvation, that would suffice -- but it is
not! There are various others that also remain consistent to this
truth: people must be baptized in order to...
* be saved (1 Peter 3:21)
* receive the "remission of sins"
* "wash away" sins (Acts 22:16)
* "walk in newness of life" (Rom.
...just to name a few.
Throughout the New Testament,
water baptism is seen as part of the plan
to have sins forgiven and become a Christian, which is all in harmony
with what Jesus declared in Mark 16:16 that "He that believeth and is
baptized shall be saved...."