Friday, May 13, 2011

suffering and redemption

Good morning brothers and sisters,
Peter ended yesterday's reading by saying that it's better to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. Today he picks up by saying when we suffer, we're following in Christ's footsteps. Christ's suffering saves us. He also draws a parallel between baptism and the salvation of Noah's family in the ark. He doesn't claim anything magical about baptism. Instead he calls baptism "an appeal to God for a clean conscience." In life and baptism we look to Jesus to save us, and he is able.

blessings on your day,

1 Peter 3:18-22

18For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, 19in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, 20who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water.

21And baptism, which this prefigured, 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, 22who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

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