If you live in South Louisiana, you will remember what was called “The Great Flood.”
I guess you could say it was a lot like Hurricane Katrina. You would have to have experienced it to understand fully. Yet, it was nothing compared to the great deluge in which Noah, his wife, three sons, and their wives went through. I was caught by surprise when I read:
“Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.” (I Peter 3:20)
By water? My word, everything was destroyed. Many Bible versions say through water. How in the world were they saved by water? Well, it took a whole lot of water to get that giant boat to float. So, the water did save them!
Hmm, the water still saves us today: “The like figure whereunto even 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…” (I Peter 3:21)
Jesus gave Peter the keys to the kingdom of heaven. On the day of Pentecost, he preached: “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:37-38)
The water that destroyed so many would have saved them. Why wouldn’t you want to get baptized in Jesus’ name?
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)