Ask what saved Noah, and most people will say the ark, thinking that the danger from which he needed saving was the water. But Peter says that the water saved that ancient preacher of righteousness, with his family, because the danger was that perverse generation, and the water separated them from it. As real as that salvation was, so is baptism, and so it saves us from our sins.

20  after they were disobedient long ago when God patiently waited in the days of Noah as an ark was being constructed. In the ark a few, that is eight souls, were delivered through water. 21  And this prefigured baptism, which now saves you – not the washing off of physical dirt but the pledge of a good conscience to God – through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22  who went into heaven and is at the right hand of God with angels and authorities and powers subject to him. (1 Peter 3:20-22 NET)

(Read my earlier, longer take on this here. Today’s post was inspired by John Wehan’s, “Saved by baptism?“)

Why did God, who knew that wiping the earth clean couldn’t make the soul of man pure, go ahead with the Flood? First it seems that perhaps the Flood story echoes a salvation story to come in ages far away into the future. Through one man is mankind saved. Judgment passes upon all (2 Peter 2:5). A family is saved by entering the ark “to escape the flood” (Gen 7:7 NLT, similar to many other versions). Continue reading