Thanks Dave. I too believe that baptism in Jesus name as a faith response is part of the salvation process, but apart from faith it is only getting wet ceremonially for no good reason. I can't address the time gap between belief or faith and the faith response of baptism. In my vernacular or experience it is always rather immediate. If someone came to Christ at 9:00 pm, the Christians in my circle were finding water for a baptism. No such animal as scheduling in a few weeks or months. If it required a swimming pool or horse trough, we got 'er done. It was a big deal, a celebratory occasion. I guess that's a cultural thing, regional, denominational, etc. It just seemed in scripture to always be of some urgency. To 'put on Christ", to bury your old man with Christ and come up out of the water a new creation as Christ resurrected from the grave. To wash away our sins in baptism calling upon the name of the Lord. I was taught, that in baptism we appropriated or contacted the blood of Christ that does the washing of the sins. I suppose that may seem trite to some, but it is a great picture in my mind. What can wash away my sins? Nothin' but the blood of Jesus, as the song goes! The water is 100% spiritually inert. But God wanted it done His way. Same with The healing of Naaman. The water wasn’t imortant. God accomplished the healing. it was how God wanted it that was important, not the source of the water, or even the H2O itself, but what God himself DID. Same with baptism. It is NOT like washing water off the body, but a calling upon or an appeal to God 1Peter 3:21. Just as what happened with Paul in his baptism to take care of his sin problem AFTER his Road to Damascus experience with Christ, and why he shouldn’t tarry. Acts 22.