With all the teaching from scholars available today, there still seems to be a lot of confusion about “Baptism“… JUST WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Ref: 1Peter: 3:14-22 Michael Heiser’s book The Unseen Realm pgs 338-339 Comments by me, Frank … Focus on verse 21 ...”Baptism is an appeal to God for a clear conscience through the resurrection of Jesus Christ ... appeal is best understood as a pledge ... The word ‘conscience’ does not refer to the inner voice of right and wrong in this text. Rather the word refers to the disposition of one’s loyalties, a usage that is also found in other contexts and Greek literature.

Baptism then does not produce salvation. It “saves” in that it reflects a heart decision: a pledge of loyalty to the risen Savior. In effect, baptism in New Testament theology is a loyalty oath, a public avowel of who is on the Lord’s side in the cosmic war between good and evil … Every baptism is also a visceral reminder to the defeated fallen angels. Every baptism Is is a reiteration of their doom in the wake of the gospel and the kingdom of God … In street language, baptism should reflect a relationship with the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ … Without this relationship, baptism is just a bath without soap … Frank …

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