21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3).
“Corresponding” to what? Corresponding to what we see in verse 20: “the days of Noah,” when he and his family“were brought safely through the water.” Thus, Peter is making an analogy. In the same way that Noah and his family were saved from God’s judgment by being in the ark, we are saved from God’s future judgment by being on the Cross with Christ as we are“baptized with Him in His death” (Romans 6:3-4).
The baptism that saves is not a physical, but a spiritual one. The baptism that saves is the one that comes when we “appeal to God for a good conscience”—that is, when we become so sick and tired of our sin that we repent of it and trust in the resurrected and living Christ and what He has done for us on the Cross. This is what saves, for Jesus promised the Holy Spirit, who would both convict us of sin (John 16:8), as well as baptize us in Himself (John 1:33).
Lord, we thank You for our spiritual baptism in Christ. Help us This Day to live clean and holy lives, and to share with others how they can be made clean too. Amen.