Summary: Our text refers to a large period of time, reaching back to when Christ preached through Noah to the people of his day, till Jesus is exalted to the right hand of the Father. Noah’s ark is a great foreshadowing of the way Jesus rescues us. “Baptism now saves you” is not referring to a religious ritual of water baptism, but instead to the way we must be immersed into Jesus. All of this in the context of suffering, the resurrection of Jesus from the dead establishes the certainty that we too are the victors.
1. A. Let’s review 1 Peter 3:18. How is Jesus characterized, and how are we characterized? Acts 2:22-24, Romans 3:23, 5:6-8, 1 Peter 2:21-23, Hebrews 4:15
B. Why did Jesus suffer and die? Isaiah 53:5-6, 2 Corinthians 5:15-21, Colossians 2:13-14, Hebrews 10:10-14
C. Jesus Christ died for our sins in order to “bring us to God.” How well are you drawing near to Him? Psalm 119:9-11, Jeremiah 31:3
2. A. Who “made proclamation,” and when did this occur? 1Peter 3:19-20
B. How would you explain that it was Jesus preaching through Noah; to the people of his time, and that they were the spirits of those people who are now in prison waiting for final judgment? Nehemiah 9:30, 1 Peter 1:10-12, 2 Peter 2:4-9, Revelation 20:11-15
C. Notice in 1 Peter 3:20 that only a few were brought to safety from the flood. Are you judging your service to the Lord by results or by looking successful? What does the Lord really want from us? John 15:4-12, 1 Corinthians 4:1-2
3. A. In context, the phrase “Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you” is referring to Noah’s ark. How else is this “baptism” described? 1 Peter 3:21
B. “Baptism” is not really a translation, but instead a transliteration. That makes a difference because the actual translation is to be dipped, submerged or immersed. In what fashion, then, is Noah’s ark a picture of “a good conscience through the resurrection of Jesus Christ?” Romans 6:1-12, 8:11
C. Baptism that saves is not by performing a ritual of water baptism. Instead, it’s being immersed into the Lord Jesus Christ. Are you depending on Him alone for your salvation, as well as for the obedience of your faith?
John 14:6, Acts 4:12, Romans 8:1-4
4. Where is Jesus now? Are you gratefully “subjected to Him?” Proverbs 3:5-7, Philippians 2:9-13, 1 Peter 3:22