1 Peter 3:20-21
20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolises baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ
Throughout scripture water is recurrently used as the symbol by which God works to separate mankind from sin. Here the apostle Peter writes that the flood in the days of Noah was a symbolic picture of the New Testament principle of baptism. In Noah’s day the earth was saturated in sin and corruption but the flood waters immersed the earth thus bringing a cleansing and an opportunity for a new beginning. How does Peter tell us that baptism saves? By appealing to God for a clear conscience; that is to say, baptism is an outward expression of our inward appeal for God to apply the death and resurrection of Jesus to our lives. That is why Paul writes in his letter to the Romans “We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.” (Romans 6:6).
In the same way that the flood waters wiped out the sin soaked earth, when a person is baptised and immersed in water it is emblematic of the spiritual cleansing of sin from our souls. The pull of sin is drowned out and as Christ’s blood is applied to our lives we reckon the old man (our sinful nature) dead. This is good news for you and I because it means that we no longer have to be swept up and wiped out by sin because darkness no longer has a hold on us. Praise be to God!\
Father, I pray that the truth of your victory over the wages of sin and death would wash over us anew this day. Amen