Col 2:11-12 clearly speaks of an operation on man made without hands BY GOD. I ask Johnny once did this mean water baptism also has a Spiritual aspect as well in which he agreed.
However, how many knew this when they were baptized yet God still acted IN BAPTISM. I guess the question is: how much knowledge is required before baptism is valid? To most coc conservatives, they insist one MUST know "WHY" he is being baptized- its purpose or they say the baptism doesn't count. In other words, if a person fails to understand that baptism is the purpose in order to be forgiven of sins, he is lost no matter how much faith in Jesus he has.
This question is why I think the difference between FOR and UNTO in Acts 2:38 is important. I believe that the first converts on Pentecost would only know what Peter told them. He simply told them to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ unto remission of sin, and they would receive the gift of the Spirit. The whole purpose there was for being guilty of the death of Christ. They would receive the Spirit and forgiveness for repentance and baptism.
Isn't belief and repentance unto remission of sins as well? Baptism itself doesn't get the job done. Generally, look at the other conversion accounts in Acts and see how much they knew before being baptized. They knew they had to be baptized in the name and authority of Jesus Christ. They had to believe Jesus is the Son of God. They had to believe with their whole heart. They had to have some knowledge of the Holy Spirit.
Peter told the house of Cornelius that whoever believes on Him through His name would receive remission of sins. I am seeing that remission of sins was not the PURPOSE of baptism, remission was a RESULT of being baptized. But that's what I see. How can I judge what someone else sees? How do I or anyone else know what's in someone else's heart? Let's ask this question-where is the example of someone being baptized for the WRONG reasons in scripture? Simon the sorcerer? The 12 in Acts 19? Simon was a heart problem, not a knowledge problem. The 12 was a knowledge problem-but about the Spirit and Jesus, not baptisms purpose.