because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ
1 peter 3:20,21 ESV
The apostle Peter compares baptism to the ark that Noah built, that saved Noah and his family from the great flood. The reason God flooded the earth was because mankind had become so sinful. Only a few were saved from destruction because Noah obeyed God and built the ark. Peter says they were “brought safely through the water”, while the rest of humanity perished in their sins.
Peter then says “baptism which corresponds to this, now saves you”. What Peter is saying is that just as the ark saved Noah and his family from destruction, today baptism will save you from destruction.
It was by faith that Noah built the ark, filled it with all the animals and his family saving them from certain destruction. God commanded the ark be built, Noah obeyed the command, God gave salvation.
Today we need to act in faith, God has commanded baptism for the forgiveness of sins, through Jesus, Matthew 28:19 and the apostle Peter Acts 2:38 as well as in other scriptures in the New Testament. Peter said baptism now saves you. It would seem that it is a good idea to get on board with God's plan for salvation today. His plan for salvation in Noah's day was the ark, today His plan for salvation is baptism.
Peter said that baptism is not a “removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ”. If you want your conscience cleared and all you sins removed, it happens when one responds to Jesus command to be baptized.
Get on board!
© 2012 Leo J. Woodman