@Jodi Hi Jodi,
First we need to be baptised in the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins.
Then this applies to all of us who still unconsciously sin 1 Jn 2 1
He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean;
First God calls us, it is through His Spirit that we are led to a repentant heart. We cannot do anything on our own, we cannot recognize our sins, and be sorry of those sins without God working in us. What baptism represents is being repentant and then going through a ritual act that symbolizes being washed clean from our sins as we recognize that it is by Jesus that our sins are forgiven, but it is not this ritual that cleanses us, it is God’s Spirit in full measure that does, which is what we are promised at Christ’s return. Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit for the edifying of his Church, to help bring people into the knowledge of the truth, so the Spirit came and gave men certain gifts, some apostles, some healers, some prophets..etc. Paul was one of these apostles made an apostle through receiving God’s Spirit, but Paul still sinned and he desired for the coming of the day he too would be made perfect, be made in the stature and measure of the anointed one, in order that he could not sin. Having been made perfect not able to sin he can live eternally, and with that eternal life not only does he not sin, but he also is no longer in temptation, no longer in bondage, but is free to serve God alone.