If repentance alone can cleanse our sins, then why does Acts 22:16 say,
“And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your
Belief is the first
and underlying requisite for salvation. It is by faith that one repents
and is baptized. But repentance is coupled with baptism. Acts 2:38
says, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus
Christ for the forgiveness of your sins." It is during baptism, not
repentance, that sin is washed away (see Rom 6:3ff).
The church is the
body of Christ, “which He purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28). Therefore we become a member of the body of Christ when we
are baptized and redeemed by Jesus’ blood.