Does Baptism save?
No, baptism does not save nor does it cleanse us from our sins. Baptism is an outward symbol of what happens to us in Regeneration. Many people approach baptism with presuppositions and speculations without having a clear understanding of what it is, some believe that baptism cleanses them from original sin while some infer that it is necessary for salvation, but what does the Bible really teach us about baptism?
Baptism a sign
Baptism is an outward symbol that symbolizes our identification with the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, when He died we also died with Him and on His resurrection He rose us up with Him so that we might live in the newness of life (cf. Rom. 6:3-4). Baptism is also a symbol of us being washed off our sins according to Ezekiel 36:25 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.”
Baptism marks the beginning of our new life in Christ, it shows our commitment to Christ and our fellowship with Him. Every Christian should seek to be baptized immediately after conversion, we see this happening all over the new testament, every time a person was saved, he/she was baptized immediately (Acts 8:38, 2:41, 18:8). There is no reason to postpone baptism in any case for instance, the preferred method of baptism is immersion and requires enough water to immerse the whole body, but if there is not enough water the person baptizing should sprinkle water on the person baptized and that also is acceptable. This however does not mean that a person who dies before baptism will go to hell but we should all understand that although baptism is not necessary, it is important. Whatever chance one may get, use it.
Salvation by faith alone
The question before us is if baptism does not save, baptism is not necessary for salvation and neither can it save anyone from sin; salvation is by faith and by faith alone in Jesus Christ and anything else added becomes a work. Sometimes I am asked what the bible means in 1 Peter 3:21: “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” The answer to our question is given in this particular text; baptism gives us a good conscience towards God.
Trust in Christ
If your salvation is resting only upon the fact that you were baptized sometime in your life know this, you are still lost in darkness and you don't not know the Lord Jesus Christ, trust in Jesus and what He alone has done and you will be saved.
Baptism is one the two sacraments instituted by our Lord Jesus and we should never at any time treat it with indifference, let us make use of the sacraments.
Soli Deo Gloria