Answer: "WATER" and the
It was Jesus who told Nicodemus of
the need for man to be "born again"
-- to be "born of water and the Spirit" in order to enter the kingdom
of God in John 3:3-5.
The only way in which we ever find
water in the New Testament being
used in connection with salvation is in water baptism for the remission
Interestingly, I heard a preacher
once ask, "How much water is in
baptism?" He then answered his own question by saying, "Not one drop!"
This truly got the attention of the audience. He then went on to point
out that the Greek word "baptizo" (from which "baptize" is a
transliteration) simply means "to dip or immerse"; but there is no
indication in the word itself as to what the element is to be in which
the immersing is to be performed.
It is only from other verses in
the Bible that we learn that baptism is
to be in water, so that our past sins will be forgiven (cf, Acts
8:36-38; Acts 10:47,48).