“In [Noah’s Ark] only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. [Baptism] saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.”
— 1 Peter 3:20-22, NIV1984. Emphasis added.
The water of The Great Deluge symbolizes baptism. Therefore, baptism cannot be merely a symbol, because symbols represent higher and deeper realities. If The Flood was real, then how much more real is Christian baptism which the water of The Flood symbolizes? Baptism has a heavenly and an eternal reality.
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children …”
— Acts 2:38-39, NIV1984.
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