Norm Field’s Broadcast, Sunday, November 10 – continued – 1 Peter 3:20-21

Norm tried to use 1 Peter 3:20 – 21 to prove that water baptism saves us. Those verses say:

“Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

The like figure whereunto [even] baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

The obvious thing to think of here is: what saved Noah? Was it the water, or the Ark? Noah built the Ark by faith, and it was the Ark that saved him from (or “through” – if you check the original Greek “dia” ) the water (Hebrews 11:7). The waters didn’t save Noah – the waters destroyed the ungodly. Also, 2 Peter 2:5 and 3:6 has Peter talking about the waters of the flood destroying the ungodly, not saving Noah.

Now, it is obvious that Peter is saying that going through the flood was a type of baptism for Noah. There is an excellent study of this subject located at the link below. In that study, the writer says:

The key word in this section is the Greek antitupon. It means “copy,” “type,” “corresponding to,” “a thing resembling another,” “its counterpart,” etc. It is what the NIV translates as “symbolizes,” the NASB as “corresponding to that,” and the KJV as “like figure.” Baptism, then, is a representation, a copy, a type of something else. The question is “Of what is it a type?”, or “baptism corresponds to what?”.

This excellent article which I paraphrased and quoted pretty well puts to bed the argument that Norm made, that 1 Peter 3:21 was saying that the water of baptism saves you.

Excellent article.


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