What does 1 Peter 3:18-22 mean? What is the similarity between what happened in Noah's time and baptism of the believer?
1 Peter 3:8 - 22
NKJV - 8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous. 9 Not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.
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I would say that the similarity of which Peter is speaking pertains to God using the waters of the Flood in Noah's day to "cleanse" the earth of its sin and violence, and transition humanity to a new earth (symbolized by the ark "passing through" the waters), just as "passing through" the waters of baptism cleanses Christians (which is not a past, one-time action, but an ongoing, eternal benefit). A similar metaphor pertains to the manner in which God parted the waters of the Red Sea at the time of the exodus from Egypt, through which the people of Israel safely passed in a transition from slavery to nationhood, but which drowned the Egyptians who pursued them (Exodus 14).
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