The verse below explains the relationship of baptism to salvation in Biblical Christianity:
“and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.” (I Peter 3:21 NIV)
The Apostle Peter is saying here that the Genesis flood is representative of baptism. Just as Noah and his family were raised above the waters of death in the ark, so true Christians have been raised above the waters of eternal death through the promise of an eternal resurrection.
The apostle Peter is clear here that the physical act of baptism–being immersed in water–does not save us. Rather we are saved by “the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.” This means that we are saved not by going through some physical ritual, but rather by having a change of heart.
The physical act of baptism is supposed to be…
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