I Peter 3:20-21 reads “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. And corresponding to that, baptism now saves you – not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience – through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” (NASV)
According to this passage, the physical salvation of eight souls through the waters of the flood prefigures our spiritual salvation at water baptism. This type and antitype have two things in common:
· both involve water
· both involve salvation (the 1st is physical salvation, the 2nd is spiritual salvation)
This is not saying baptism procures/earns our salvation, but that baptism is a condition we must meet in order to receive the salvation provided for by the death of Christ.
Conclusion: Many say water baptism has nothing to do with our salvation. This verse says “baptism doth also now save us.” Don’t you see a significant difference?