Watched a few videos on YouTube recently on marriage.  Some funny but great advice.

Mark Gungor Tale of Two Brains Full

The Key to An Incredible Sex – Mark Gungor

The No.1 Key to an Incredible Sex – Mark Gungor


They all come from
Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage DVD captures all the fun and facts of Mark Gungor’s view on life, love, and marriage.

You will experience all the facts and side-splitting fun of Mark’s look at life, love and marriage including:

The Tale of Two Brains (session 1-73 min, session 2-55 min) – laugh till you hurt as Mark explains what he calls “the laws of relational physics” – how men and women are wired differently and why.

Why Does He/She Do That?(45 min) – through a tool called the Flag Page, Mark is able to show husbands and wives a new way to discover what makes their spouse tick.

The #1 Key to Incredible Sex (session 1-39 min, session 2-35 min) – this is it…the “yo mama” session you’ve been waiting for. Mark goes through the five steps couples need to know to experience incredible, mind blowing, married sex…don’t miss it!

How to Stay Married and Not Kill Anyone (35 min) – through this session, viewers will discover the power of forgiveness in their marriage…or what Mark likes to call, “The Reset Button”.

FAQs with Mark (60 min) – Mark answering frequently asked questions on marriage on the bonus DVD.

Ephesians 1:13-14

So in the sermon I listened to recently the referenced we were sealed in Christ with the Spirit and gave the reference to Ephesians 1:13-14.  I wanted to see what it said, how it was using the reference and if it was a good tie in.  I was impressed with the overtone of how we are sealed with the Spirit in Christ.  How we can know we are saved if we are sealed.  And what was the seal, or when did we get the seal?

Back to:
So you will see I believe a saved person is one who has heard the Word of God, the Gospel (Good News), Believed it’s message, Repented of his past actions – a sinful life, Confessed to God his sins and been Baptized to receive forgiveness and the gift of the Holy Spirit. The believer must then grow in Christ, drawing near to God through his life.

Or to put it another way:
‘”By grace” shows that grace is the basis of salvation. “Through faith” speaks of the means by which it is received. “In baptism” indicates the time when it is received. “For good works” makes it clear that the good works of the Christian life are not the basis or means but the result of being saved.’

I also thought this might help, from “The College Press NIV Commentary: Galatians & Ephesians”.  Notice in particular the line “One must conclude that either half of the above verses are in error, or that baptism and faith are meant to go together. the promised Holy Spirit, ” Read through this and think about how you are “sealed” into Christ and “when” you are sealed into Christ!

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Ephesians 1:13-14

1:13 And you also were included in Christ 

“You also” is a dominant theme of Ephesians. The Gentiles were formerly excluded, but are now part of God’s family (2:11-22). They are fellow members of the body (3:6) bound together in the unity of the Spirit (4:3). when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. 

When Paul taught daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus, Luke reports that “all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord” (Acts 19:10). The Gentiles were not introduced to God by an accident of birth, but by hearing the good news about Jesus. Paul knows this message to be the “word of truth,” the means by which men are saved. It is called the truth “because it reveals man’s true condition, proclaims and advocates the only true way of escape, and admonishes saved sinners to show true gratitude in their lives.”E1-32 Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, 

Those who heard, believed. This was not merely a mental acceptance of a theological proposition. It was putting their trust and commitment in Christ. In response to their decision, God marked them with an official seal. This seal, the presence of the Holy Spirit, proved they belonged to God.E1-33 To seal (σφραγίζω, sphragizō), as with the brand marking the ownership of cattle and slaves,E1-34 had nothing to do with preservation.

While the coming of the Holy Spirit is sometimes connected with baptism in Scripture (Acts 2:38-39; 5:32; 1 Cor 12:13), other passages base his coming on our faith. (In addition to this verse, see Acts 19:2; Gal 3:2, 14; Eph 3:17). One must conclude that either half of the above verses are in error, or that baptism and faith are meant to go together. the promised Holy Spirit, 

As Peter reminded his Jewish hearers at Pentecost (Acts 2:17), God had promised a time when he would “pour out his Spirit on all flesh” (both Jew and Gentile).

As Peter reminded the Jewish believers at the Jerusalem Conference, the coming of the Spirit on Cornelius was proof that the centurion had been accepted by God.E1-35 While that event was special and spectacular, all believers have the confirming presence of the Spirit in their lives.

1:14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance 

The “deposit” (ἀρραβών, arrabōn, “earnest money”) which guarantees our inheritance is like the down payment that is made on a real estate transaction. In the early days of trade it was “a commercial word denoting a pledge—some object handed over by a buyer to a seller until the purchase price was paid in full.”E1-36 The arrabōn guarantees that a person is in earnest about his intentions. Often the deposit is a first installment of similar payments to be made in the future.E1-37 The presence of the Spirit is thus a foretaste of heaven!

Also interesting is the fact that arrabōn is the word in modern Greek for an engagement ring.E1-38 It is a lovely parallel that the church, the bride of Christ, should now wear the token of his promise. We have this guarantee of heaven, that we shall share in the wedding feast of the Lamb (Rev 19:7-9). until the redemption of those who are God’s possession 

Literally, “unto the redemption of the possession.” While the rsv has “until we acquire possession of it,” the niv and nasb focus on God redeeming and possessing his people. God’s Spirit in our lives is thus God’s promise that he will finally claim us for his own and take us home to heaven. —to the praise of his glory.

How we should praise God for his spiritual blessings! This phrase, now proclaimed for the third time, echoes the words of God in Isaiah 43:20-21,

…my people, my chosen,
the people I formed for myself
that they may proclaim my praise.

The College Press NIV Commentary: Galatians & Ephesians



For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:12

Another new year!  Time to reflect back on the past and look forward to the future.

Reflections of the past bring both joy and sadness.  Joy in accomplishments and sadness in missed opportunities.  Could I have done things better?  Could I have followed God with more passion and desire?  Could I ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Luke 10:27)?  It saddens me to say YES, I could have done better.

But there is great Joy in the Grace of God.  He died not because we are perfect and do everything right, but precisely because we are not!  It took me a long time to realize this, that he died not because I deserved it but exactly because I did not and could never be that good.  This is why he died. GRACE!  It brings tears to my eyes when I think about the day this idea finally settled into my brain and His Grace saved me!

There are some who think God gives up on you after a certain point, this is not true!  He will peruse you until the very last possible moment, He loves you and wants to spend eternity with you!  He gives us the choice though, we can choose to accept Him or reject Him.  We can not however blame him if we choose to reject him, the blame rest on us.  He will do all he can to convince us he loves us but if someone rejects this idea then He will allow them to do so.

It is a sad truth that many will reject him and spend eternity without him.  They will curse him and accuse him of being unfair when in reality it is our choice, one He has given to us.  So as the new year dawns and we reflect on the past the question is: Is Jesus your Lord and Savior?  If not why not?  He stands at the door knocking, just waiting for you to answer and let him in.  The choice is yours, what will you do.

If Jesus is your savior what will you do this year to show others He is Lord of your life?

Reflections, past, present, and FUTURE.  What will you do?



Read!  With one word you project a lot of information.  Read!  Read what you might say.  Well read lots of different items though the year, expand your horizons in what you know, learn!

But most of all read Gods Word the Bible.  Today is January 1st, the day of new things, new year, new thoughts on what to accomplish.  So why not start a Bible reading plan.  There are many available on the internet and through bible apps.  Read His Word!!!
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Are you Different?

Are you different? Do those around you notice that you are different than those in the world?

God’s Razor of Judgment
7 “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: You have been more unruly than the nations around you and have not followed my decrees or kept my laws. You have not even conformed to the standards of the nations around you.
8 “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself am against you, Jerusalem, and I will inflict punishment on you in the sight of the nations.
Ezekiel 5:7-8 (NIV)

God was Judging Israel for not being different than those around them, in fact this implies they were worse than those around them.  He was going to judge them and call accounts due.

Harsh, maybe but he is a God who gives us the choice to follow him, if we choose not to then yes there are consequences to be met.  We are responsible for what we do, not someone else.

I have seen studies that show “sin” rates are no different in the “church” than outside the church.  This is used in some cases to show the ineffectiveness of the church and reasons not to be part of the church.  Oh how we have failed God when we are like this.  We claim to be followers of Christ then our actions seem to indicate otherwise.  I am not saying we should be without sin, even God does not say that.  What there needs to be though is an obvious difference between those who follow God and those who do not.

Part of this comes from those who discount the Word of God and yet at the same time say they are “Christians”, those who openly practice sins listed in the Bible with no intent of changing and with an actual attitude that they are OK.

19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19-21 (NIV)

Many groups practice such openly and with approval as this is good, and at the same time profess to be followers of Christ.  Is this right?  Certainly not!

It is not that we are without sin, but let us not openly say sin is ok, let us not say we can do such an such because the passage no longer applies because of such and such.

God’s word is His word, it does not change.  Sin is sin and all have sinned, all still sin.  It is our attitude towards sin that matters.  Do we embrace it and say this is good or do we regret sin and repent of it.  Do we seek self or do we seek God.

Examine yourself to see where you fall.  If you need to repent and see the face of forgiveness in God.  If you are part of a christian group who supports sin, leave.  Find a group who believes every word of the bible is truth, God’s word given to us such that we can follow him.

Pray for God’s forgiveness and read his word every day to learn what He would have you do.  Try to walk in his steps, seeking his will over your own.  It won’t happen over night but you will change if you seek him.  He is calling, what is your answer?


A Watchman

Ezekiel Is a Watchman
16 Now it came to pass at the end of seven days that the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: 18 When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.
20 “Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. 21 Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; also you will have delivered your soul.”
Ezekiel 3:16-21

Ezekiel was charged by God to go into the world and proclaim the message of God.  He was told that if he did not the blood of the lost would be on him.  What a responsibility was placed on this prophet!  At times I wonder how could God place the eternal life of someone else on one person?

If you read carefully He is not placing the eternal life of someone on the prophet, he is placing the responsibility of warning the others on the prophet.  If they hear and repent is up to them but the blood is no longer on the prophet.  This is still an awesome responsibility to be placed on an individual.

One might say, well that was great for a prophet, but God does not have such a person today that he places such responsibility on.

NOT SO FAST!  God has given all of those who follow Him this responsibility, to warn others, to go out and preach his word.  Could we be responsible for those who do not believe, NO, but we can be responsible for those who do not hear!

The Great Commission
14 Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
Mark 16:14-16

Jesus gives his followers the same responsibility that God gave Ezekiel, GO and tell the world, if they hear and obey (believes and is baptized) they will be saved and if they do not believe they are lost.  But if we do not go and tell the world then I think we must look at what God told Ezekiel, the blood of the lost will be on our hands for not going and telling about God.

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;
1 Peter 3:15 (NKJV)

Are you ready to give an answer, are you GOING into the world to tell people about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior of the world?  Are you moving out of your comfort zone to reach out to those who have not heard the Gospel message?  Pray for those around you and pray for ways you can reach out to those who need to hear the Word of the Lord.  Pray for the lost, then reach out to them with the warnings God gives about the lost.  Be the feet and message of God.

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man’s all.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 (NKJV)

Effective Keys to Prayer

Years ago I attended several Christian Men’s Network (CMN) events led by Edwin Louis Cole. I first heard Dr Cole speak at a Promise Keepers event. His book Maximized Manhood had a powerful effect on the Men’s movement.

One item that came out of CMN was 9 Keys to Effective Prayer. Below is from a link I found of the list put out by his son Paul.

9 Effective Keys to Productive Prayer
1. CONFESS ALL KNOWN SIN FROM YOUR LIFE. Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear. I Jn 1:8,9 8If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
2. ADMIT NEED OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO DIRECT YOUR PRAYER. Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
3. DIE TO YOUR OWN IMAGINATIONS, DESIRES, BURDENS. Proverbs 3:5 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Isaiah 55:8,9 8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
4. ASK GOD TO FILL YOU WITH HIS HOLY SPIRIT. Ephesians 5:17-20 17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
5. PRAISE GOD IN FAITH FOR THE PRAYER TIME YOU ARE ENTERING. Psalm 100:4,5 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.
6. DEAL AGGRESSIVELY WITH THE ENEMY. James 4:7,8 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
7. WAIT EXPECTANTLY FOR WHAT GOD BRINGS TO YOUR MIND. John 10:27,28 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.
8. CONFIRM PRAYER WITH THE WORD. Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
9. PRAISE GOD FOR HIS MARVELOUS WORK IN YOUR LIFE. Romans 11:36 For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. Psalm 92:1,2 1 It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; 2 To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night

These are some favorite scriptures relating to prayer…
Philippians 4:6,7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when you pray… *24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. *24 That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large.
Deuteronomy 20:1-4 1 When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. 2 When you are about to go into battle, the priest shall come forward and address the army. 3 He shall say: “Hear, O Israel, today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them. 4 For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”
Paul L. Cole President CMN Worldwide

So as you consider prayer, consider these 9 keys and how they may impact your prayer.

Prayer, what is it?

What is prayer? This is a basic question that must be asked before we can practice prayer we need to know what it is.

A basic dictionary definition.
a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or an object of worship.
“I’ll say a prayer for him”
synonyms: invocation, intercession, devotion; archaicorison
“the priest’s murmured prayers”
a religious service, especially a regular one, at which people gather in order to pray together.
“500 people were detained as they attended Friday prayers”
an earnest hope or wish.
“it is our prayer that the current progress on human rights will be sustained”

So does this basic definition cover what prayer is?

I found this and like it for a definition:
Genuine prayer has all of the qualities and characteristics of a deeply meaningful conversation between two people. God said to the prophet Isaiah, “Come now, and let us reason together” (Isaiah. 1:18). This image of God and man sitting down together for a good talk is our best image of prayer.

Sitting down together for a good talk!  Is it always positive, no not all talks are.  A good talk allows you to express yourself, good and bad, to the other person.  So when we pray we express ourselves to God, when we read His word he express Himself to us.  Sometimes God uses people to speak into our lives.

So if we are starting out and know not what to say to the God of the universe what do we say?  Sometimes nothing at all, sometimes we just need to listen.

Sometimes using something to get you started is a good idea, here is one pattern I have used in the past, ACTS!

One structure for prayer is given by the acronym “ACTS”, representing adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication (or intercession.) This is one order, where we start off focusing on who God is, and praising him for that. Let’s look briefly at each in turn :

Adoration is to adore God, to worship him and to fulfil the commandment to love him with all of our heart, mind and soul. As we spend time in adoration, we praise God for who He is – our Creator, our Sustainer and our Redeemer. (more about praise and adoration.)

Confession allows us to clear away the things in the relationship between you and God which are displeasing to Him. All of us have sinned. St John writes in his epistle “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:8,9)

Thanksgiving. From childhood we are brought up to say “Thank You” when someone does something for us, or gives us a gift. Each moment God is blessing us, every minute we can recall the wonderful things that God has done for us, and the gifts that we have been given. And so, we need to be constantly thanking God for his blessings. In writing to Timothy, Paul makes it clear that we also need to be giving thanks for everyday, worldly things ” I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Timothy 2:1.

Supplication or Intercession. Finally we come to ask God for our needs and the needs of others. There are many demands on our prayer time – many topics and issues that we could pray for, so we need to choose, and to be specific.

So if you are looking for a place to start in communicating with God consider the above.  Can you talk to God if you are not “saved”, YES!  He listens to us no matter where we are at, His desire is that we come to know and trust Him, prayer is a gateway to this.

From Executable Outlines:
The Purpose Of Prayer

Immersion In Water

The following is from:



This forms the fourth condition in the order of salvation. About it there has been the greatest dispute among religionists; and there is to this day the greatest variety of opinions. After what our learned brother Campbell has done towards setting the world right in regard to this institution, it would be presumption in me to undertake any lengthy argument concerning it; and I shall not attempt such a thing. Still I shall endeavor to prove from the Bible that it is an essential to salvation, which I think is a proposition very easily sustained.

The error in regard to this ordinance is twofold. The first is as to the mode ; and the second is as to the importance of it.

The error in regard to the mode is, that immersion is denied to be the only way in which it can be administered, sprinkling and pouring being considered equally proper and efficacious. There are three objections to be urged against this opinion; either one of which is sufficient to overthrow it.

1st. The proper and primary meaning of the word in the original Greek is immersion, – or rather the verb is, to plunge, to dip, etc.

2nd. Immersion, it is conceded, was the practice of the primitive Christians, even up to the third century; about which time infant baptism was introduced, and it being found difficult to immerse infants, sprinkling or pouring was resorted to, as being a more feasible method.

3rd. The connexion in which baptism is referred to in the Bible, with the attendant circumstances. Paul says that we are buried with Christ in baptism. Common sense teaches us that a burial must necessarily be a covering up of the whole person. Again, in reference to John, the Immerser, it is said that he baptized in a certain place, because there was muck water there. The inference is plain. And then in the case of Philip and the eunuch, it is related that they both went down into the water. Was there any need of this, except it was immersion which Philip administered? Could he not have very easily taken up a little water in his hand, and wet the forehead of the Ethiopian? – for such is the custom of the sects of this day.

But I shall come now to consider the institution as essential to the pardon of one’s sins. There is not a proposition in the whole Scriptures of Divine Truth more clearly set forth than this. We find it in Christ’s commission to his Disciples: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature: he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be condemned.” If there be any sense in language, baptism is here as necessary for salvation as is faith.

Again, on the day of Pentecost, when the three thousand believed, and requested what they should do to be saved, Peter replied, “Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins.”

Now, if a man can repent because his sins have been forgiven, then our Baptist brothers are right in their interpretation of this passage, viz: that a man should be baptized because his sins have been remitted. No man in his senses, however, is willing to believe that a remission of sins ever causes sorrow. It is too absurd a proposition to be entertain- ed for a moment. Of course, then, repentance and baptism are for one and the same thing—to-wit, re- mission or pardon of past sins. Paul’s conversion proves this. For three days he was a firm believer in Jesus Christ, and most bitterly all that time did he repent him of his iniquities. If faith brings salvation, Paul surely ought to have been pardoned long before Ananias visited him. Or, if repentance alone secured remission of sins, Paul ought to have been pardoned before Ananias visited him. But what did Ananias say to him so soon as he came into his presence? Did he ask after his experience? Did he say, “Brother Paul, you have been most signally visited by our gracious Lord, for I understand you have seen a great light and heard a mighty voice, by which means God has informed you that you are an accepted son and child of glory?” Oh, no. But Ananias said to him on this wise: “Why tarriest thou, brother Paul? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”

Can any man doubt now that baptism is for the remission of sins? If he can, he doubts God’s Word, and is at heart a scoffer and an infidel. Here we have a man who has believed and repented, and who is yet told to arise and wash away his sins by immersion. If he had been saved by faith, as I re- marked a while ago, there would have been no sins to wash away. So neither would there have been had he been saved by repentance. But God’s plan is the more perfect one, and here we see it exemplified. Paul is told to wash away his sins by baptism – not that the virtue is in the water, but simply because God has chosen to make that His ordinance. Under the Mosaic Law it was customary for the priest to take a goat, and laying hands on him to send him forth into the wilderness, and God promised that thus the sins of Israel should be carried away, and hence this was called the scape-goat. Does any man think the virtue to bear off sins was in a goat? Of course not. It was God’s command, and there lay all the merit. So in the case of water baptism. God has commanded us to per- form the ordinance in order to remission, and it is obedience to God’s Word that ensures salvation and cleanses us from all sin, and not the mere washing of water. Or, as Peter has expressed it, for doubt- less the same objections were urged against this institution then as now, “The like figure where unto baptism doth now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good con- science toward God, ) by the. resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

This much will suffice on the subject of immersion, for if a man will not believe the Apostle Peter, he will not even listen to anything which I might feel inclined to write.



Baptism – Antitype

1 Peter 3:21 (NKJV)

21 There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

The following is from:
Letters From Peter, Bruce Oberst, College Press, Joplin, Missouri

Expanded Translation
Which (that is, water) also now saves you in the antitype-baptism, which does not have to do with the removal of dirt from the flesh (i.e., the body, the outside of one), but to provide ground or reason for having a good conscience toward God (which comes when the one is right on the inside). All this is possible because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ;

which also after a true likeness doth now save you
LIKENESS – antitupos, meant first of all a thing formed after some pattern (Heb, 9:24), then a thing resembling another, its counterpart; hence, something in the Messianic times which answers to the type prefiguring it in the Old Testament. It is this very word from which we have the English word, “antitype.”
We understand that God was responsible €or their salvation, and it was through His mercy and love that He provided a means whereby they could escape the doom of the world, But the means He chose was water. Had Noah refused to accept the means God had provided, we could only call him rebellious, and he would have been lost.
Today, God has also provided a means whereby we may avail ourselves of His salvation, and where we may meet the blood of Christ. He has provided it in His mercy, kindness and love, but we must accept what He has provided. The Holy Spirit says baptism “doth now save you.” God saves us through the blood of Christ, BUT THE MEANS HE HAS CHOSEN IS WATER!

not the putting away of the filth of the flesh
BILTH-h~upos, filth, squalor, dirt. The purpose of baptism is not to obtain an outward cleansing. We can take care of that matter in the bathtub.

but the interrogation of a good conscience toward God
INTERROGATION-eperofema, W. E. Vine states that the word is not here to be rendered “answer.” It was used by the Greeks in a legal sense, as a demand or appeal. The word is often rendered “seeking.” The meaning is easily seen when this phrase is compared with the previous. The purpose of baptism is not to cleanse the outside. Rather, it is to gain a clean inside, that is, to gain or obtain a clear conscience toward God. Any true Christian can testify to the truthfulness of this verse in his own experience. When he met the blood of Christ in the baptismal waters by faith, and arose to walk in newness of life, his conscience no longer condemned him and the purpose for which he was immersed – to meet the blood of Christ-was fulfilled. He was “seeking” and he found! “Blessed is the man whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered’’ (Psalm 32-1). If you have not obtained a clear conscience in baptism, then it has not fulfilled its purpose in your life!

through the resurrection of Jesus Christ
That is, all this is possible through the resurrection of Christ. If He had not arisen, our baptism would have been in vain and Christ would have no power to save us. See I Corinthians 15:12-14. His resurrection showed His power over death. For the exact relationship between His resurrection and our baptism, see Romans 6:l-6.

How was Noah’s family saved “through water”?
Of what is this a “true likeness”?
How can water save us? Is not the principle of the Jews true, “who can forgive sins, but God alone”? (Luke 5:21.)
What is baptism not for, according to Peter?
What does it obtain for one?
Explain the phrase “interrogation of a good conscience toward God,” v. 21,
Baptism is effectual because of what great event in the life of Jesus?