Yesterday I was reading I Peter 3, when I ran across a verse which I don’t remember ever “hearing” before, even though I’ve read the Bible through three times. God reveals things in familiar territories, uncovering them like a priceless painting at a gallery.
Here is the NIV version: I Peter 3: 18-22. “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed 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, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also--not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand–with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.”
Those bolded words in the middle of the scripture had never sunk into my consciousness before. Wow! The great flood, the ark, the saving of Noah’s family through water, was a preface to the baptism to come, the baptism we receive even today.
Lifting my cup of tea as I continue to ponder how God’s plan has always been in existence, and how everything is carefully orchestrated, seamlessly woven together into a tapestry of love.
Father, thank You for revealing Your Word to my heart each day. Amen.