I don’t think anyone’s debating that - especially Catholics. Recall the “Catholic” answer to the question “Have you been saved?”
“I was saved. I am being saved. Also, I hope to be saved.” So we don’t spiritually “rest” on our baptism.
But more over-arching, your objection doesn’t offset the reality that God demanded these things as requisite. Admittedly, while circumcision didn’t make you a member of the old covenant on its own merit, there were no males that were observably part of the old covenant that were not circumcised. It was required.
In the same way, there are no people who are observably part of the new covenant who have not been baptized.
By this, I guess you mean “church”? Or do you mean “saved”?
Respectfully, I don’t get what you’re trying to say here.
No, the New Testament is not clear because there is no explicit mention of this “covenant community”.
That’s because it is an obvious retcon and forced vagary that evangelical theology requires in order to make it’s own existence possible.
So while I don’t read much about this deliberately hazy “covenant community” in the NT, I do read quite a bit about the Church. And you join that by baptism.
1 Cor 12:13 (DRB): “For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bond or free; and in one Spirit we have all been made to drink.”
No sir. There is a sequence there that you’ve read-in.
This might be the problem!
Catholics believe baptism removes the stain of original sin, imbues us with sanctifying grace and enters us into the Church. The protestant concept of regeneration doesn’t have a super clear analogue within Catholicism since Catholicism never held the same views on total depravity that were also held by the protestant scholars that developed their understanding of regeneration.
There isn’t a clear 1-to-1, apples-to-apples comparison here.
Now, I understand your Pentecostal doctrine doesn’t hold to total depravity either, but nonetheless your theology is ultimately derived from those who did. The residue of history, as it were.