Does 1 Peter 3:21 teach Baptismal Regeneration?
Baptismal Regeneration is the teaching that spiritual rebirth happens through water baptism. It teaches that in water baptism sins are forgiven.
1 PETER 3:14-21 ( KJV)
But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; 15But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the long suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.The like figure where unto even [ water] baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
Christians view water baptism as an answer or response of already having a good conscience toward God. They were saved from the evil world just as Noah and the other seven were saved from the evil world.
The Great Deluge
Having faith in God = saved saved from the evil world i.e. from unbelievers.
The flood water = an proof of having faith. It is a visible evidence of having faith.
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith ( Hebrews 11:7)
Christian Water Baptism
Having a good conscience = saved from the evil world i.e. from unbelievers.
Water Baptism = an answer/ reply of having a good conscience. It is a visible evidence of having a good conscience.
How to have a good conscience?
It is by the blood of Jesus through faith.
1 Peter 1:2
who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
1 Peter 1:5
Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 Peter 1:9
Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.