Romans 6:3-4 – Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death. Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
I assume that you have washed your hands at some point in your life. As a result, like me, you have experienced that clean feeling that comes from scrubbing away the dirt that collects on the skin from everyday living. When we have been doing something particularly dirty like gardening, auto repair, or baking, we can get very messy, but soap and warm water fixes it all in just a few moments.
While the purpose of baptism is not exactly physical washing, the symbolism is clear. God brought us to the water, and He leads us through it. When we confess Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and follow Him in Baptism, we should arise from the water committed to trusting in Him and leaning upon the guidance of His Word and His Spirit to lead us in newness of life. Otherwise our faith is vain and our baptism waste.
Since God renews the inward man, and He admonishes His children to bring the outer man in line. Only then will we enjoy all the blessings of the Kingdom of God promised by Jesus to His disciples (Matthew 6:33; Ephesians 5:5). “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16).
Pass the soap and get scrubbing!