What does water baptism mean, and how does it relate to a person’s salvation? Water baptism does not get anyone into heaven, and the lack of it does not keep anyone from heaven. Instead, water baptism is for those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ for their salvation. It is a step of obedience to Christ and it is an outward testimony to the person’s faith in Jesus. It is an symbolic act through which a person publicly identifies with Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.