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Session 6 – 1 Peter 3:21-23 – Always Ready – Day 5
1 Peter 3:21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the pledge of a good conscience toward God) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
God saved Noah through the flood by enclosing he and his family in the ark. The flood washed away the evil of the world, but the water is not what saved Noah. Does the act of believer’s baptism have any power to save us? No, being immersed does not save us. It is a symbol, a witness, and a reminder of what Jesus accomplished through the work of the cross, his resurrection, and taking His royal seat at the right hand of the Father. When we are baptized, we are identifying with the death of Jesus and the death of sin’s power over us, a cleansing of our inward nature rather than our outward body. Coming up out of the water signifies the new birth, the ability to walk with Jesus rather than be enslaved by sin. In other words, we come out from under the dominance of Satan into the empowerment of the Holy Spirit indwelling us. All of this happened the moment we surrendered to Jesus, but baptism is an important step in obedience as our first public witness to these truths. We show the world in a picture that we have died to ourselves and become children of the Lord.
Romans 6:4 (CJB) Through immersion into his death we were buried with him; so that just as, through the glory of the Father, the Messiah was raised from the dead, likewise we too might live a new life.
1 Peter 3:22 Now that He has gone into heaven, He is at God’s right hand with angels, authorities, and powers subject to Him.
Jesus the Son is God the Father’s right-hand man. Jesus, the Creator, is also the Ruler, Judge, and Sustainer of His creation.
Hebrews 1:3 (NIV) The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
Ephesians 1:20-23 (KJV) Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
How is the power Jesus now has since His resurrection and return to the throne a comfort to us? First of all, Jesus fulfilled His earthly purpose as our sacrifice, the complete, forever sacrifice for our sin. Secondly, we comforted because He is seated beside the Father interceding for us and giving a defense to dismantle the accusations of the Enemy against His bride, His church, His forever family. Thirdly, nothing can steal us away from Jesus because He has the ultimate power and authority to keep us. Satan likes to make us think he can take us down, but he is really full of hot air. We look forward to the day when Satan’s bubble will be burst and he will be cast into the lake of fire forever.
Chew on this: Each time you view a baptism, let it remind you of all that Jesus has done for you as a believer. Be prepared to explain the rite of baptism to someone unfamiliar with its symbolism. It may just be a jumping off point for sharing Jesus with that person!