What is Baptism in the 1960?
If you are a true born again Christian, you have probably heard that after a Christian is saved, he ought to be baptized in a local church as a step of obedience after trusting Christ. Why should he do this? Because it's an answer of a good conscience to God, and a testimony not only to other Christians, but to the world that he has trusted Christ as his Saviour. But in no way whatsoever does Baptism in water affect his Salvation. He is saved by Christ and his blood alone, and not by the city water system. According to the Apostle Peter, water baptism is only a figure of what has already happened to the believer, and is to show that he has been buried with Christ spiritually, and raised to walk in newness of life. Peter is very clear about this in the third chapter of his first epistle in verse 21. We read in the King James Bible:
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:
You can't get much plainer than that. Baptism is not salvation! It is a figure, and it is an answer of a good conscience toward God. It has no saving merits whatsoever.
But, what does the Spanish 1960 version of the Bible say in this verse. Let's read it:
El bautismo que corresponde a esto ahora nos salva (no quitando las inmundicias de la carne, sino como la aspiración de una buena conciencia hacia Dios) por la resurrección de Jesucristo.
Wait a minute! Where's the figure? Boy a Church of Christ preacher could sure get a hold of that and damn many a souls to Hell teaching that water baptism is essential for salvation. But, I thought it was only a figure of salvation.
Well, let's look at the older 1909 Spanish Bible and see if it's any different. The same verse says:
Al la figura de la cual el bautismo que corresponde nos salva (no quitando las inmundicias de la carne, sino como demanda de una buena conciencia delante de Dios) por la resurrección de Jesucristo.
There is that figure. You can't misunderstand that now can you? It's not the baptism that saves you. It's only a figure of salvation.