Charlie, Paul had his sins to his account and that is why Ananias told him to wash his sin away in baptism. If his sins had already been washed away, Ananias would not have commanded such.
Charlie, I just told you that by 1 Peter 3:21, Peter said baptism is the calling upon the Lord for a clean conscience. Cleaned how? by the blood of Christ of course. It can't be any clearer. God does it IN baptism by the blood of Christ. Do you disagree with Peter that baptism IS the calling upon the Lord for a clean conscience? A conscience HE cleans by the blood of Christ?
I most certainly don't disagree with Peter, I respectfully disagree with your interpretation of what Peter said.
1Peter 3:21 is the scripture that tells us water baptism is the symbol of our faith in Christ. Which must be understood to get the handle on this water baptism thing.
Yes, but you don't have a handle on it. It reads differently according to the Greek grammar...
"Which also is now a type for you of deliverance through baptism, not the washing of the flesh, but of a right conscience of integrity in pledging yourself into God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ."
It says exactly what we have been trying to tell you...baptism is a ceremonial rite of entry into the New Covenant - into Christ, OUR ARK OF SAFETY!!! Baptism is the ceremonial rite of entry that is also a non-verbal oath-sign. In marriage in ancient Israel, the sexual consummation of the marriage was the non-verbal oath-sign, for example, and in the New Covenant, water baptism is the same.
If one does not enter into the New Covenant by water baptism, then he isn't in the New Covenant, and he doesn't have eternal life, no matter what he claims.
Well, I guess I'm not in the covenant then. I tryed to enter by the blood of Lamb.
You "tried?" Then you are saying that you were trying to "work" your way into salvation...
Particularly when a person learns that they need to be water baptized into Christ in order to receive the atonement in Christ, and they refuse to do so, for whatever reason...
yep...I wouldn't want to be standing in their shoes when they stand before God...
God: "You prayed and asked me to help you to learn My truth, and I sent someone to you to share that truth with you, but you refused because of the stubbornness of your heart. You didn't look at what I had him show you, and chose not to believe My truth, and so you never entered into My covenant of adoption. Sorry, son, but your name is not written in the Book..."
Or something like that...and those people who stand there and hear those words will be speechless, having nothing to say because what He will say will be true. I hope that's not you, Charlie.
"Tried" was a figure of speech. I have no confidence in water baptism for anything but obeying Christ by showing my allegiance to Christ by faith in His death, burial, and resurrection.
Faith in the Blood of Christ is not a work. Works for salvation is an act taken by man where he participates in his own salvation. A good example would be believing water baptism is where Christ saves. Therefore you participate in that ritual for your salvation and you have helped save yourself. If you hadn't taken it upon yourself to participate in that ritual, you would not be saved, that is works.
Again, Charlie, you fail to properly understand what "works" are in Paul's writings. Works specifically refers to obedience to the law of Moses, it does NOT refer to anything else other than that.
So, please show us where Moses commands in the 10 Commandments that you are to be baptized for salvation. It isn't there, because the 10 Commandments have nothing to do with the New Covenant. Your mind is still stuck in calvin-mode and as long as you stay there you will never be able to understand the Scriptures.
Repentance is a must before one can get saved, do you also call that a work? Believing that Jesus is Yahweh in the flesh is also a must in order to get saved, do you say that believing that He is God in the flesh is also a work?
Your theology has some serious flaws and issues to deal with...plus the fact that you do not understand covenanting, and covenanting is all about eternal life in relationship with God.