For the record, I don't have a problem with infant baptism per se.....just not for Salvation.
."Romans 6:3 "Do you not know that all of us who were baptised into his Christ Jesus were baptised into his death?
How can a baby agree to die unto himself and allow Jesus to be the boss of his life? Why are there NO New Testament examples of infants getting baptized? REason: Babies couldn't understand what teh sacrifice of animals meant much less the sacrifice of the Lamb of God. Again, nothing wrong with it. Just meaningless for the child.
"If we have died with Christ we believe that we shall also live with him"
And Paul explained what that death was to:
For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Finger, before I address these next texts, I must point out to you that I do not accept the Alexandrian-Type Mss as the word of God for a variety of reasons. The fact that they make up less than 1% of all ancient manuscripts is not the least of those. You can of course make up your own mind about the issue. Here is my take: http://wordfamine.com/ModernTranslations.html I also only use the KJV for doctrinal purposes.
Having said that:
Titus 3: 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
And what is that washing? Was it baptism? No.
Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Revelation 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them ° white in the blood of the Lamb.
ONLY the BLOOD OF JESUS can make you clean.
1 Peter 3: Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein ° few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. 21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us ° (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
Water baptism does not save a person, but there is a baptism which does. The moment a person believes in Christ he is baptized (immersed) or placed into Christ. “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Gal. 3:26-27). Being baptized or placed into Jesus Christ is not something that man can do but it is something that only God can do for the believing heart. The result of this baptism is that the believer has a brand new position. Having been placed into Jesus Christ he is now “in Christ” (a phrase that is found repeatedly in the New Testament Epistles). “If any man be IN CHRIST, he is a new creature” (2 Cor. 5:17). How did we get to be “in Christ”? God, in His grace, placed us into His dear Son the moment we believed on Him.
In the days of Noah, eight people were saved. The rest of the world perished. They were saved because they were in a location which was absolutely safe and secure. They were in the ark. Everyone outside of the ark perished. Today Jesus Christ is our Ark of safety. There is no safer place to be than “in Christ”
—“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). Those outside of Christ are in great danger. How did we get into Christ our Ark of safety? We were baptized into Jesus Christ the moment we were saved. God placed us into His Son, and in Him we are safe and secure forever. Water baptism is meant to be a picture of the real baptism (sometimes referred to as spiritual baptism or Spirit baptism) that took place the moment we were saved. Water baptism is meant to be a picture of this new position and new relationship we now have in Christ, having been totally identified with Him, with His Person and His work.