Acts 22:16

By baptized (baptisai). First aorist middle (causative), not passive, Get thyself baptized (Robertson, Grammar, p. 808). Cf. 1 Corinthians 10:2 . Submit yourself to baptism. So as to apolousai, Get washed off as in 1 Corinthians 6:11 . It is possible, as in Acts 2:38 , to take these words as teaching baptismal remission or salvation by means of baptism, but to do so is in my opinion a complete subversion of Paul's vivid and picturesque language. As in Romans 6:4-6 where baptism is the picture of death, burial and resurrection, so here baptism pictures the change that had already taken place when Paul surrendered to Jesus on the way (verse Romans 10 ). Baptism here pictures the washing away of sins by the blood of Christ.