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Read 1 Peter again – doesn’t it say “It is not a removal of dirt from the body but an appeal to God for a clear conscience,[b:ngwuwvx4][color=darkred:ngwuwvx4] through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, [/color:ngwuwvx4][/b:ngwuwvx4]who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him. 1 Peter 3:21-22

AND Did the water save anyone? No the ark did – a picture of Christ

Did the thief get a time out to get baptized – no

and did you forget Acts 10:47?-[color=darkred:ngwuwvx4][i:ngwuwvx4][b:ngwuwvx4]Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? [/b:ngwuwvx4][/i:ngwuwvx4][/color:ngwuwvx4]

notice that they already were spirit indwelt?

Even the example you picked out – [quote:ngwuwvx4]
Peter (said) to them, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the holy Spirit. For the promise is made to you and to your children and to all those far off, whomever the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:38-39 [/quote:ngwuwvx4]
see where it says Repent and be Baptized – first and always comes the belief (the change of heart, the belief in what Jesus did, the point of salvation) then the baptism – the point of public identification –

Even in Exekiel – It says [color=darkred:ngwuwvx4][i:ngwuwvx4][quote:ngwuwvx4][b:ngwuwvx4]I will sprinkle clean water upon you to cleanse you from all your impurities[/b:ngwuwvx4][/quote:ngwuwvx4][/i:ngwuwvx4][/color:ngwuwvx4]
What is it that HE washes us with? Ephesians 5:26 tells us – [color=darkred:ngwuwvx4][i:ngwuwvx4][b:ngwuwvx4]That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, [/b:ngwuwvx4][/i:ngwuwvx4][/color:ngwuwvx4]

So as you can see – I think you are being mistaken – Baptism is a work that we do – and as Romans 11:6 says – [color=darkred:ngwuwvx4][i:ngwuwvx4][b:ngwuwvx4]And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. [/b:ngwuwvx4][/i:ngwuwvx4][/color:ngwuwvx4]

Read also Romans 9:31,32 – and 10:2,3 for another example of why I think you are making the same type of error –

Rom 9:31,32 – But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;

Rom 10:2,3 – For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they [u:ngwuwvx4][i:ngwuwvx4][b:ngwuwvx4][color=darkred:ngwuwvx4]being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness[/color:ngwuwvx4][/b:ngwuwvx4][/i:ngwuwvx4][/u:ngwuwvx4], have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.