What it does not do
It does not wash away our sin. It does not provide the Holy Spirit. It is not a requirement to go to Heaven.
*Consider the thief that died on the cross next to Jesus Christ. In his conversation with Jesus, there was admission of sin, that Christ was Lord, and an request for salvation–Christ responded with a guarantee that the man would be with Christ in Paradise.
Luke 23:39-43 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Consider this fact- If baptism is a requirement for entrance into Heaven, then when did this man get baptized? How could he get baptized? -He was nailed to a cross and would soon die! BAPTISM IS NOT A REQUIREMENT FOR SALVATION – BECAUSE JESUS CHRIST DOES NOT REQUIRE IF TO BE SAVED.