I am going to take God at His word – baptism, when connected with repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus – “now saves us” as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Originally Posted by thedee
The sense is, that baptism, including all that is properly meant by baptism as a religious rite - that is, baptism administered in connection with true repentance, and true faith in the Lord Jesus, and when it is properly a symbol of the putting away of sin, and of the renewing influences of the Holy Spirit, and an act of unreserved dedication to God - now saves us. ~ Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible
A word of advice - if you are trying to use Eph 5:26 to defeat baptism you are self-defeating your own argument. The *washing of water* is a direct reference to baptism in water. Baptism in conjunction with the influence of the Holy Spirit and the doctrine of Christ crucified = spiritual cleansing.
"that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word
" - Eph 5:26
With the washing of water - Baptism, accompanied by the purifying influences of the Holy Spirit..
By the word - The doctrine of Christ crucified, through which baptism is administered, sin canceled, and the soul purified from all unrighteousness; the death of Christ giving efficacy to all. ~ Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible