Originally Posted by Chap
A worthy point to discuss.
The Bible answers the questions;
Water baptism under the OT was for body cleansing...Christ had not arrived ...yet.
Water baptism under the NT is adopted to complete the sin cleansing process after repentance, a symbolic act to acknowledge Christ as our Savior and make full atonement of all past sins.
Acts 2:38..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 (Spirit)..
“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
C, ...there are many references in the NT referring to the requirements of baptism. But, those two alone...requires water baptism.
A personal thought here; I stick to a practice with scriptures thusly..."If in doubt (there should be none here) don't throw it out".
We only have one chance to get it right for eternity and I will not take a chance on being wrong.