1 Peter 3:20-22 & Baptism

john_gill“The ark in which Noah and his family were saved by water was God’s ordinance; it was made according to the pattern He gave to Noah, as baptism is His ordinance; and as the ark was the object of the scorn of men, so is the ordinance of baptism, rightly administered; and as the ark represented a burial when Noah and his family were shut up in it, so baptism; and when the fountains of the great deep were broken up below, and the windows of heaven were opened above, the ark, with those in it, were as it were covered with and immersed in water, and so was a figure of baptism by immersion; and as there were none but adult persons in the ark, who were saved by water in it, so none but adult persons are the proper subjects for water baptism; and though there were few who were in the ark, it was attended with a salutary effect to them—they were saved by water; so such as truly believe in Christ and are baptized shall be saved, and that by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which was typified by the coming of Noah and his family out of the ark, to which baptism, as the antitype, corresponds, being an emblem of the same.” John Gill (quoted in The History of the Church of God by the Hassell’s)


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  1. irishanglican ~ Fr. Robert · May 12, 2014

    One of the best pieces I have read on 1 Peter 3: 18-22 is in J. Ramsey Michaels, Word Biblical Commentary, 1 Peter (Word, 1988) pages 194 to 222. I won’t quote the depth, but he does point to “baptism saves” is a provisional … “In the final analysis , neither baptism nor faith “saves”; only God saves, and such human acts [in themselves as such] as faith and baptism are simply ways of approaching God to receive salvation.” Of course in reality Peter does see GOD’s unction of “faith” in 1 Peter 1: 3-5 ; 8-9 ; 22-23, but through the Gospel, (verses 24-25).

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