If we are to follow all Scripture without Scripture weighting, we understand that our salvation is not simply one thing. It’s not grace3 (alone). It’s not faith1 (alone). It’s not baptism5 (alone). It’s all of these and more!! All working together, which is the very point James is making12.
It’s all made possible with God’s grace3 and the sending of His Son1. But even in the immediate context of these “anchor” passages1,3, we see that it’s more. There and other places we see the necessity for obedience to His word1,2,3,6,8,9,11,12,13,14,15. We see the working/setting apart by the Holy Spirit7,8,13,14. We also repeatedly see the critical role that baptism plays5,15. Scripture does not present anything optional or ceremonial about baptism, but rather connects it directly with grace and faith – it is, in a sense, the very first act of obedience4,7,8,15. Just as Paul emphasizes grace in one passage3, Peter (and Jesus15) emphasizes baptism in another5.
God has made provision for our salvation1,2,3,6,7,8,10,14; things we can only understand from His word2,9,10,11,13. It’s up to each of us to respond1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10,11,13,14,15.