1Peter 3 (NIV)
18…Christ was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19 After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits — 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism… the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities & powers in submission to him.
Noah’s flood cleansed the earth of evil.
Adam and Eve opened the door to sin through disobedience, and sin spread like wildfire for about 1,500 years until God decided to physically cleanse the earth of sin by flooding the earth with rain. Noah found grace with God and God made a covenant with Noah to save him and his family in the ark. It rained for 40 days and 40 nights and water covered the earth, but more than a year passed before the earth was dry enough for them to leave the ark. Noah sent out a dove and when it returned with an olive branch, he knew that new life had begun. Afterwards, God vowed that He would never flood the earth again and created the rainbow so we could remember His promise.
JESUS’ baptism cleanses our hearts of evil.
In the New Testament people were introduced to a new form of cleansing by John the baptizer, the cousin of Jesus. When we are baptized in water, we are in effect taking part in the death and resurrection of Jesus. When we go under the water it is symbolic of His death and when we rise up out of the water it is symbolic of His resurrection. God gave us a sign of new life through the Holy Spirit who descended like a dove on Jesus at His baptism. Jesus is our spiritual ark and we can freely choose to take refuge in Him and be cleansed by grace through faith. Jesus died once for all and Communion (eating the bread and drinking the fruit of the vine) is how we remember that Jesus cleansed us of our sins and we have new life in Him!
Believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus so you can be CLEANSED of your sins!