Google+ 04/21/13 Billions and Billions Are Saved!

1 Peter 3:21-22

 

And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you,

Not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience.

It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Now Christ has gone to heaven.

He is seated in the place of honor next to God,

And all the angels and authorities and powers accept his authority.   

 

As we conclude our two-part devotion from yesterday, Peter gives all the persecuted Christians a description of what the "cleansing flood" of Noah really did for all of us.  It is here that Peter explains that this cleansing is not about exterior dirt on our bodies.  Our new cleansing takes care of our inner-self.  Then Peter explains the most important part of our Scripture lesson to all that profess Jesus as our Savior.  Peter states that none of this makes any sense without the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Because Christ has gone to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God, we are "born again" and washed clean of our sins.  The angels and all authorities and powers all accept the authority of Jesus that God has granted.  The vision that John relates to all of us in the book of Revelation is so important to our understanding of today's Scripture.  God crowns Jesus King of heaven and earth.  All of heaven rejoices.  The powers of hell know all about it and will never prevail against Jesus and His heavenly Kingdom.  The 24 elders fall on their faces and worship Jesus.  Why do I explain all this in such great detail?  The reason is THIS Jesus is our Savior!  This is the divine being that has saved us from our sin.  We have chosen the right team and we will not suffer the perils that await all those that reject Him at the end of times.  The flood misses us.  We avoid the plagues and tribulations described in Revelation.  The flames of hell never touch us, and we are washed with Christ in the waters of Baptism.   All we have to do is continue our obedience and not reject God or His Son Jesus Christ.  So, rejoice and be glad, for great is your reward in heaven.  In two short verses, God has changed His "Golden Arches" sign.  It now reads, "Billions and Billions Are Saved!"