First, let's understand that forgiveness is a transaction between two parties. In forgiveness, there is the forgiv er , the one who offers, who gives the pardon and there is the forgiv ee , the one who accepts and receives the pardon. It isn't just God forgiving us but it is Him forgiving us and us receiving forgiveness. Let's try understanding forgiveness by looking at various scriptures on forgiveness. Scriptures that describe forgiveness from the perspective of both the forgiver and the forgivee. What does the Bible say about it?
Baptism is a true sacrament instituted by Christ. It is administered by washing with natural water and at the same time invoking the Most Holy Trinity. Anybody, even an unbeliever or a heretic can validly administer baptism. Since it confers grace by the signs' being properly carried out children can and should be baptized even while still infants. Baptism is necessary for salvation. Baptism effects the remission of original sin and actual sins and of all punishment due to sin; it confers sanctifying grace, membership in Christ and in the Church and the obligation to obey the Church's laws, and give an indelible character.