And I forgot to add, Paul was saved because he repented and believed in God and in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Yes they have done a fabulous job, but answering what? The fabulous thing that they can do is to listen and try to understand what Ananias said to Paul. It was an unconditional election and appointment by God of Paul. If they don't see that as the salvation of Paul, who himself confessed and considers himself as the chief of sinners, but insist that Paul was saved because he was baptized with water, then they have closed their eyes to the truth that salvation belongs to God and is the work of God and is accomplished by God.
Despite being elected by God as His chosen instrument, he was still with his sins, last I checked, one is not saved until their sins are forgiven. This was addressed to you by others in their fabulous response, and you have not offered anyting to make that go away.
Apparently, you seem to agree that we see in the case of Paul, an unconditional election and appointment by God of Paul. That I'd say is good. Now, the question is, do you see that as God's salvation work on Paul or is it just that He had chosen Paul for a purpose?
Don't you agree and believe that salvation does not belong to man, is not the work of man, is not accomplished by man, but belongs to God and is the work of God and is accomplished by God?
Yes, Paul was a sinner when he was chosen by God, and election is not forgiveness of sins. But clearly, such election as that of Paul, as was that of the apostles, is grace from God. And we learn from scriptures that salvation was accomplished by God, in Christ. God gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, that whosoever BELIEVES in Him should have everlasting life. And what does it take for one to believe, but that he repents toward God and Christ?
Now Paul was unconditionally elected and was granted repentance for the forgiveness of his sins. That he was told to call on God. And for what that he was told to call on God by Ananias, except that he ask for the forgiveness of his sins? And what does his calling on the Lord speaks out, but his having repented unto believing in the Lord?
Yes, one is not saved until his sins are forgiven. And one is not forgiven until he repent and call on the name of the Lord and ask for forgiveness. And don't you know that it is God who grants us repentance? In the case at hand, obviously Paul was granted repentance by God.