Start with the verse you have posted and consider this. Is water baptism for remission of sins that you have previously remitted, or does physical water remit sins? There is no miracle in water baptism. If that were the case, it would be all that one needs for removing sin.Hill Top wrote: ↑Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:51 pmIt is written..."Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." (Acts 2:38)Water baptism does not remit sins as it does not have power to remit sins.
I am free from sin because of the miracles inherent in water baptism.
When one repents and forsakes sin, they are forgiven Read 1 Jn 1:9, Rom 10:9-10. After this event occurs one can be water baptized to show the symbol of death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Read 1 Pet 3:21 and you will see a water immersion does not remit your sins. Water baptism shows that you have repented, not that you will repent, or that water will remit your sin.
What changed the men in Acts 2:37 that caused them to ask the question they did? Where their hearts pierced by the word spoken to them? Did water do that? Peter had the exact answer for those men. REPENT and be BAPTIZED. Sins are remitted at true repentance of the heart. Water baptism is because you have remitted sins, not to remit sins. Pay close attention to verse 41 at the words "gladly received his word" and then what? Yes, they were baptized.
One is saved by grace through faith. It is by the gospel that men are saved, not water. We declare our sins remitted through the forbearance of God, not water. Jesus redeemed us. He is our propitiation through faith in His blood, not water. Read these verses Eph 2:8-9; Rom 1:16; 3:24-25; 5:1 for more information.
Again, you absolutely should be baptized if at all possible. Don't imply that I exclude that. Being baptized in water does not change the fact that water is powerless to remit sins. Maybe you should see a man repent and be saved where there is no water for him to be baptized in and watch him as he is cleaned and made whole. Sins are only remitted through repentance and the forsaken of sin by faith in Jesus Christ.