“Baptism- not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God” (I Peter 3:21).
Peter the Apostle describes the Ark of Noah as a parable for Baptism. The history of Noah can be split into two as “Prior to the ark” and “after the Ark.” God made everything new when the great flood came. All old things have passed away.
We can divide salvation into two. The life prior to Salvation was sinful and dirty life. Life after Salvation is a righteous one. One of the fundamental preachings of the Christian life is Baptism. In IT indicates staying safe within the Ark, which is Christ.
The fetal stays in the amniotic sac (A bag of fluid) of its mother and comes out after ten months. This is also a sign of baptism. Just like this, in the days of Noah, the whole world immersed in the great flood. The sinners were destroyed and Noah and his family members descended afresh on the new earth. God made a covenant with them. “There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (I Peter 3:21).
When the Israelites were delivered from Egypt and brought out, they received Baptism in three ways (I Corinthians 10:2). 1. into Moses. 2. in the cloud. 3. in the sea. These are the signs for the Baptism by water, the Baptism of Christ and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire.
In the New Testament, John the Baptist gave Baptism. In the beginning, it was done for providing forgiveness to those who repented. He was baffled when the righteous Son of God who had no necessity to repent, came to him to get baptised. Then Jesus said to him “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfil all righteousness.” (Mathew 3:15)
The Baptism given by John the Baptist was sufficient until the Resurrection of Christ. But after Christ, the faith we place in Him and our obedience towards Him became significant. Now we get baptised for Christ’s suffering and death. When we stand in water during baptism, we believe that Jesus gave His precious life on the Cross for our sake.
It is the covenant we make with God that when we immerse in water our faith is that He was buried for our sake and when we come above the water level of immersion, our faith is that He died and rose again for my sake and with the power of His Resurrection I will lead a successful life”. Dear children of God, are you obedient to this truth of Baptism?
To meditate: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16).