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John says [b:29ql8cod][quote:29ql8cod]”No. You are assuming baptism is our work but the very verses you quoted show that baptism is the work of God.”[/quote:29ql8cod][/b:29ql8cod]
So you’re placing your faith in something you do – Baptism – a work by anyone’s definition
Note what the Bible says – Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. (Romans 3:28)
Gal 2:16 – Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Yes I am aware of 1 Peter 3:21 – The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) [color=darkred:29ql8cod]by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:[/color:29ql8cod][/b:29ql8cod][/i:29ql8cod]
Note how – [b:29ql8cod][color=darkred:29ql8cod]by the resurrection of Jesus Christ[/color:29ql8cod][/b:29ql8cod] When you read it in context, the verses in front talks about the flood – where water didn’t save anyone there either.
[color=blue:29ql8cod][b:29ql8cod]Bottom line – I’d refrain from trusting in any works instead I’ll trust in the finished work of Christ at Calvary for my Salvation. To say that Baptism isn’t our work but Christ’s work is a cop out – He did His work at Calvary[/b:29ql8cod][/color:29ql8cod]