1 Peter 3:18–22 (ESV)
Suffering for Righteousness’ Sake (Part 3)
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison,
20 because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you,
not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.
Peter is writing about what is called “The Great Exchange” in verses 18-19. This is where Jesus exchanges his life for mine. He then compares the flood of Noah to Baptism where the sins of the world were washed
away and in baptism, your sins are washed away. Notice that Peter mentions that eight persons were on the ark. A far cry from how the recent movie Noah portrayed it. There were no stow-a-ways. It was simply Noah, his wife, his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth and
their wives. Eight people! The last verse is creedal. It ties to the verse in the Creed “The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the
living and the dead.” This is our Lord and Savior!
I pray: O Lord, I give thanks for everything you have done for me. The Great Exchange is the greatest gift you could give me... along with the faith
to believe. I repent and trust in your life, death, and resurrection for the forgiveness of my sins. Thank you! Amen.