Salvation is deliverance just as it was with the Israelites at the Red Sea. They were delivered BY God through the water as we are delivered by God through the water. The parallel is uncanny. It’s not what the Israelites do or what we do, but what God does through the the Red Sea and through baptism.
God could have taken the Israelites north and avoided the Red Sea. HE chose the route, just as he chose baptism for his purposes. Jaime woulda chose something else.
1 Cor. 10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
2 And were all baptized
unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink
: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
5 But with many of them God was not well pleased
: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
Baptism didn't save "many" of them because of what "they did" afterwards, not because of what God did.
I think this part of the story is omitted from much of todays religious discussions. But the Authors of the Bible certainly didn't loose track of why some made it, and "many" did not.
Heb. 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside
every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us
, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith
; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin
Isn't that the real reason why some made it After baptism, and some didn't? Those who "strive against" Transgression of God's Laws after baptism were used as examples of Faith we are to rise to.
Those who didn't strive against Transgression of God's Laws after baptism were overthrown in the wilderness. The Baptism didn't save them.
Jesus confirms this line of thought, in my view.
Matt. 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Lawlessness)
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them
, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
It just seems that the Baptism facilitated their escape from the bondage of sin, but it was their obedience or disobedience after the baptism that determined their fate.