"At the time of his initial conversion to the Lord Jesus Christ, the repentant believer is baptized . . .
~ into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (Mat. 28:19).
~ to be finally saved instead of finally damned (Mk. 16:15-16).
~ to be born of water (Jn. 3:5) and experience the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost (Tit. 3:5).
~ for the remission of sins and reception of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38; Col. 2:11-13).
~ to wash away his sins (Acts 22:16).
~ to put to death and bury his old man, i.e., the man he was before he repented and believed---and begin to walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:3-6; Col. 2:11-13).
~ into Jesus Christ and His death, burial, and resurrection (Rom. 6:3-5; Gal. 3:27).
~ into the one body of Christ (I Cor. 12:13; Gal. 3:27-28).
~ to put on Christ (Gal. 3:27).
~ to lay the foundation of his Christian life so that he can begin to progress toward final perfection (Heb. 6:1-2).
~ to be saved by the resurrection of Jesus Christ (I Pet. 3:21)."
-- posted by John Kohler III, Tues. 24 Apr 2007 18:57:49, on the Historic Baptist Symposium