Look, the devils believe too, but the difference between us and them is they cannot be baptized.What exactly do you imagine that I neglected, turning to God, or believing in the Son, the one He sent?
But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, Rom 3
The irony is that you two geniuses have no clue whether I was submerged in a water ritual back in the day.
So in your viewpoint the water ritual is not symbolic at all. Most would disagree with your opinion:
"Water Baptism — The baptisms John the Baptist did were symbolic of repentance from sin and a turning to God. That is, the repentant person turned from sin toward God. Biblical repentance is a turning away from sin to follow our holy God.""Baptism has long been seen as a symbol of cleansing. Prior to the start of the church, the practice of baptism already existed in Jewish culture as an act of repentance and purification. John the Baptist baptized people as an act of repentance, preparing the Jewish people for the soon-coming Messiah" [purified by faith].But He who is coming after me ....will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. Matt 3:11
*Who is denying Christ? You're just pulling things out of thin air.
Now that this faith has come, ...
You are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
Clearly it's based on faith, Having believed you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.
Without being baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, we are no more saved than the believing devils are.