Folks, here are some thoughts that I’ve been juggling around lately. Comments and criticisms are welcome.
Luke 3:16 John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
John’s water baptism was an outward sign of Christ’s baptism; Whereas John’s baptism involved a physical event, Christ’s baptism involves a spiritual event. John’s baptism of water is to Christ’s baptism of fire what circumcision of the flesh is to inward circumcision.
1Pe 3:20 because[fn4] they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water.
1Pe 3:21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
The flood of Noah relates to water baptism in the same way that the coming fiery destruction of the creation relates to baptism with the Spirit. It is the baptism with fire that burns up our impurities (chaff, dead trees, dross, etc.), an idea that was prefigured in the purging of the world during the flood of Noah.
2Pe 3:5 For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God,
2Pe 3:6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished.
2Pe 3:7 But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.