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: [1 Peter 3:21]
It is in the figure of baptism that we find clearly delineated, the reality behind the new birth in Christ. In the symbolism of the man going down into the water until he is fully immersed and then rising up out of it, we find the striking portrayal of the spiritual realities that take place when a man believes into the Lordship of Jesus Christ and proclaims Him Lord and personal savior.
It is not the physical going down into the water that saves a man…it is the spiritual awakening preceding and attending that ritual that truly saves; the answer of a good conscience towards God. For a man can only be truly born again when he declares, having believed, the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Romans 10:9, 10
A man must of necessity awaken to the reality of the incarnation – that God…the Word of God was made flesh…His name is Jesus! He was conceived of the Holy Spirit when He overshadowed the Virgin Mary. He came in the likeness of sinful flesh but did not carry the sin nature of Adam.
He came to suffer and die as the sacrifice for all men to satisfy the wrath of God’s judgment and redeem all men back into His plans and purposes.
He actually accomplished this. So that today, it is given to all men His Name… that by believing into His name, any man can receive the free gift of God’s salvation in Christ.