“And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.”
King James Version (KJV)
Ac 9:18 He . . . arose, and was baptized. The account is more fully given by Paul himself (Ac 22:13-16). Ananias said, "Receive thy sight, and in the same hour I looked upon him" (Ac 22:13). Then, after saying why the Lord had called him, he added: "Why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord" (Ac 22:16). Note (1) that "tarrying" for weeks or months before baptism was then unknown; (2) that there would be no necessity of "arising", if water was applied in baptism, but there would be if he had to go to a place suitable for immersion; (3) that the term "wash" (Greek, "apolouo", "bathe") implies more than a sprinkling or pouring; (4) that neither Ananias nor Paul (Ac 22:16) understood that his sins were remitted before baptism. Compare Ac 2:38 and Ac 22:16.