John the Baptist spoke fact: “He is the one Who comes after me, the straps of Whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” John 1:27
Churches of Christ consistently teach that in baptism a believer surrenders his life in faith and obedience to God, and that God “by the merits of Christ’s blood, cleanses one from sin and truly changes the state of the person from an alien to a citizen of God’s kingdom.
Baptism is the outward sign of an invisible grace from our Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ. “Since, therefore, we have now been justified by His blood, much more shall we be saved by Him from the wrath of God” (Romans 5:9, ESV). We are saved by Jesus‘ act of justification, not by our symbolic act of water baptism.