Tony,<quoted text>Your argument is not with me but rather your argument is with the word of God.
Christ stated that he that believes ( FAITH ) and is baptized ( WORKS) shall be saved.
Now since Christ, the author of our salvation stated this Himself are you considering yourself to have higher authority than Christ in the determination of what is required?
Baptism is NOT a work of man....
It is the work of God.....
7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the ~~~working of HIS POWER.~~~
12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the ~~~WORKING of God,~~~ who raised him from the dead.