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THE IMPORTANCE OF BAPTISM (7 of 7)
1 Peter 3:20-22
June 23, 2002
INTRODUCTION: The Apostle Peter magnifies baptism by
showing us that it identifies us with Christ and gives
witness that we have broken with the old life. (1
Peter 1:1-4) and will, by His help, live a new life.
Romans 6:4, "Therefore we were buried with Him through
baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised
from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we
also should walk in newness of life."
The act of baptism is a pledge to God that we shall
obey Him. To use Peter's illustration, we are
agreeing to the terms of the contract. To take
baptism lightly is to sin against God. Some people
make too much of baptism by teaching that it is a
means of salvation, while others minimize it. Both
are wrong. If a believer is to have a good
conscience, he must obey God.
I. BAPTISM IS A PICTURE AND PLEDGE OF SALVATION.
In this passage, Peter introduces symbolism and
develops the theme BAPTISM. The flood represents
baptism and baptism characterizes salvation.
A. BACKWARD LOOK. 20b
NOAH: Peter saw in the flood a picture (type) of a
Christian's experience of baptism. The flood pictures
death, burial, and resurrection. The waters buried
the earth in judgment, but they also lifted Noah and
his family up to safety.
The early church saw in the ark a picture of
salvation. Noah and his family were saved by faith
because they believed God and entered the ark of
safety. So sinners are saved by faith when they trust
Christ and become one with Him.
"were saved through water" - the water, by itself, did
not save anyone. Indeed, it almost drowned everyone.
The waters of the flood represented the inundation of
the wrath of God. Those on the ark, representing
God's program of deliverance, were saved in the midst
of the waters of the flood.
When we think of baptism we have a tendency to major
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