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Does 1 Peter 3:21 teach that baptism is necessary for salvation?

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But the point seems to be this: When I speak of baptism saving, Peter says, I don't mean that the water, immersing the body and cleansing the flesh, is of any saving effect; what I mean is that, insofar as baptism is "an appeal to God for a good conscience," (or is "a pledge of a good conscience toward God"), it saves. read more

Yet Peter makes it clear in this verse that it is not the ritual itself that saves, but the fact that we are united with Christ in His resurrection through faith, “the pledge of a good conscience toward God through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 3:21). Therefore, the baptism that Peter says saves us is the one that is preceded by faith in the propitiatory sacrifice of Christ that justifies the unrighteous sinner (Romans 3:25-26; 4:5). read more

Baptism does not save us. The work of Christ on the cross was sufficient – we can add nothing to His vicarious death to “aid” in our salvation. Biblical baptism is a public declaration of faith in Jesus Christ. Biblical baptism – the volitional, voluntary, submission to publicly identifying with Christ death, burial, and resurrection. read more

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So, baptism is necessary for salvation as 1Peter 3:21 says, so is as Jesus said: "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned" (Mark 16:15-16). read more

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1 Peter 3:21

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:

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