The Baptism of Jesus Is The Antitype of Salvation For Sinners
< 1 Peter 3:20-22 >
"A few, that is, eight souls, were saved
through water. There is also an antitype which now saves us, namely 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, who has gone into heaven
and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been
made subject to Him."
Through what can we become
Through the grace of God
God already knew us even before we were born on
this earth. He knew that we would be born sinners and saved all of us believers
through His baptism, which took away all the sins of the world. He saved all
believers and made them His people.
All this is the result of God's grace. As
it is said in Psalms 8:4, "What is man that He is mindful of us?"
The redeemed who are saved from all sins are the recipients of His special love.
They are His children.
What were we, who believed only in His blood and
the Spirit, before we became God's children, before we became the righteous
and were saved and granted the right to call Him Father? We were sinners, mere
sinners who were born to live in this world for about 70 years, or 80 years
Before we were washed of our sins, and before
we had the faith in the gospel of the baptism of Jesus and His blood, we were
unrighteous people who were sure to perish.
The Apostle Paul said that it was owing to His
grace that he was what he was. Likewise, it is absolutely due to His grace that
we are what we are now. We thank Him for His grace. The Creator came down to
this world and saved us, making us His children, His people. We thank Him for
the grace of the salvation of the water and the Spirit.
What is the reason that He allows us to be His
children, the righteous ones? Is it because we are beautiful to look at? Is
it because we are so worthy? Or is it because we are so good? Let us think about
it and give thanks where it is due.
The reason is that God created us to make us His
people and to let us live in the Kingdom of Heaven with Him. God made us His
people to allow us to eternally live with Him. That is the only reason why God
blessed us with eternal life. He didn't make us His people because we
are better looking, more worthy, or live more virtuously than any other of His
creations. The only reason is that He loves us.
"There is also an antitype which now
saves us, namely baptism" (1 Peter 3:21). "A few, that is, eight
souls, were saved through water" (1 Peter 3:20).
Only a few, one in a city and two in a family
have been saved. Then, are we any better than others? Not at all. We are not
all that special, but we have been saved anyway through our faith in the water
and the Spirit.
It is a miracle amongst miracles that we have
been saved, and it is an unconditional gift and blessing from God that we can
call Him our Father, our Lord. We can never deny this. How could we call Him
our Father or our Lord if we were still sinners?
When we think about the fact that we have been
saved, we know that God has loved us unconditionally. Can we not thank Him?
We would have been born and died after living desperate lives, ending up in
hell, if it had not been for His love and blessings. We thank God again and
again for His blessings and the love that made us worthy to be His children
in His eyes.
The Precious Salvation Given to Us through
the Baptism of Jesus
Why did the people at
the time of Noah perish?
Because they didn't believe in the
water (the baptism of Jesus).
"There is also an antitype which now
saves us, namely baptism." It
is written in 1 Peter that only eight souls were saved through water. How many
people would there have been in Noah's time? We have no way of knowing
how many there were, but let's suppose that there were about a million.
Only 8 people in Noah's family out of a million were saved.
The ratio would be about the same today. They
say that there are more than 6 billion people on the earth right now. How many
people have been washed of their sins among those who believe in Jesus today?
If we were to take a look at only one city, there would be very few of them.
In my city, which consists of about 250,000 people,
how many are redeemed from their sins? Perhaps 200? Then, what would the ratio
be? It would mean that less than one out of a thousand has received the blessing
It is estimated that there are about 12 million
Christians in Korea, including Catholics. Out of these, how many among them
have been born again of water and the Spirit? We should keep in mind that there
were only 8 saved out of the earth's entire population in Noah's
time. We should know and believe that Jesus washed away the sins of all those
who believe in His baptism, through which He took away all sins.
There aren't many who believe that Jesus
redeemed all of us with His baptism and His blood on the Cross. Look at the
famous picture of 'The Resurrection of Jesus.' How many resurrected
people are shown there? You can see them coming down from the castle of Jerusalem
toward the figure of Jesus, who has His arms open wide for them. Guess how many
among them are theologians or ministers.
Today, there are plenty of theologians in the
world, but we find so few who know and believe in the baptism of Jesus as the
pivotal truth of redemption. Some theologians say that the reason Jesus was
baptized was because He was humble, and some say that He was baptized to become
more like us, the human beings.
But it is written in the Bible that all the Apostles,
including Peter and John, testified to Jesus' baptism as the transferal
of our sins to Him, and we believe it too.
The Apostles testify in the Scriptures that our
sins were passed onto Jesus with His baptism. It is such an amazing testimony
to the grace of God that we can be delivered just by believing in it.
There's No 'Maybe' about the Baptism
Who receives God's
The person who believes in the baptism
of Jesus and His blood
People are apt to believe that just believing
in Jesus will save us. All denominations are convinced of salvation in their
beliefs, and many people think that the baptism of Jesus is merely a dogma of
a Christian community. But it is not true. Among the thousands of books that
I've read, I have not been able to find any book about salvation that
specifies the relationship between the redemption in the baptism and blood of
Jesus and God's salvation.
Only 8 were saved at the time of Noah. I don't
know how many are saved today, but probably not many. Those who are saved are
the ones who believe in the baptism and the blood of Jesus. While visiting many
churches, I recognize again and again that there are so few who preach the gospel
of the baptism of Jesus, which is the gospel of truth.
If we don't believe in the redemption of
the baptism and the blood of Jesus, we are still sinners and not saved, no matter
how faithfully we attend church. We may faithfully attend church all our lives,
but if we still have sin in our hearts, we are still sinners.
If we have attended church for 50 years, but still
have sin in our hearts, our faith of 50 years is nothing but a falsehood. It
is far better to have only one day of true faith. Among those who believe in
Jesus, only those who correctly believe in the meaning of the baptism of Jesus
and His blood shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
True faith is to believe in the fact that the
Son of God descended to this world and was baptized to take away all the sins
of the world. It is this faith that leads us to the Kingdom of Heaven. We should
also believe that Jesus bled on the Cross for you and me. We should also know
this in order to thank and glorify Him.
What are we? We are the children of men and women
who were saved with Jesus' baptism and blood. How can we not thank Him?
Jesus was baptized in the Jordan when He was 30 years old in order to save us.
By this, He took away all our sins and received judgment for us on the Cross.
When we think about it, we cannot but humbly thank
Him. We should know that everything Jesus did in this world was for our salvation.
First, He came down to this world. He was baptized, crucified on the Cross,
resurrected from the dead after 3 days, and now sits at the right hand of God.
The redemption of God is for each and every one
of us without exception. The salvation of Jesus is all for you and me. We praise
God for His love and His blessings.
We know a gospel song that goes like this. "There's
a beautiful story. Among so many people in the world, I am the one who has His
love and salvation. O how amazing His love is! His love for me, His love for
me. There's a beautiful story. Among so many people in the world, we are
the ones who are saved, who became His people. We are wearing His love. O the
love of God, the grace of God. O how amazing His love is! His love for me."
Jesus came down to save you and me, and the redemption
of His baptism is also for us. The gospel is not just some fairy tale; it is
the truth that lifts us out of our lives of drudgery into the beautiful Kingdom
of God. You should keep in mind that the faith is the relationship between God
He came down to this world in order to save us.
He was baptized and received the judgment of the Cross to wash away our sins.
What a blessing it is when the faithful can call
God their Father! How can we believe in Jesus as our Savior and be saved from
sin with our faiths? It is possible because of His boundless love for us. We
have been saved because of Him, who loved us first.
Jesus Washed Away all Our Sins Once and
"For Christ also suffered once for sins,
the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God" (1 Peter 3:18).
Jesus Christ was baptized for our redemption and died once on the Cross in order
to save you and me, the unjust.
Are we saved once and
for all or gradually?
Once and for all
He died once on this earth in order to avert us
from God's judgment. So that we may enter the Kingdom of Heaven and live
forever before God, He came down to this world in the flesh and completely washed
away all our sins all at once with His baptism, His death on the Cross, and
Do you believe that Jesus Christ saved us completely
with His baptism and blood? If you do not believe in the gospel of His baptism
and blood, you cannot be saved. Because we are so weak, we cannot be born again
if we do not believe that Jesus completely washed away all our sins once and
for all with His baptism and blood.
He was baptized to take away all our sins and
was judged on the Cross for us. Jesus washed away all the sins of sinners once
and for all with the redemption of His baptism and blood.
It would be impossible for us as human beings
to be redeemed if we had to repent every time we sinned, to be good and benevolent
all the time, and to offer many things to the church as well.
Therefore, the belief in the baptism of Jesus
and the blood on the Cross is a must for our salvation. We must believe in the
water and the blood. Simply doing good works has nothing to do with the remission
of our sins.
It wouldn't do any good for your salvation
to buy expensive suits for the poor or to serve delicious food for pastors.
Jesus saves only those who believe in His baptism and blood. If we believe that
God saved us through Jesus with His baptism and His blood once and for all,
we will be saved.
Some may think that even though God said thus
in the Bible, they have to give it further thought. This is up to them, but
we should believe in His word as it is written.
In Hebrews 10:1-10, it is written that He saved
us all at once. It is true that God saved those who believed in the baptism
and the blood of Jesus all at once. We should also believe it thus. "He
died once, saved us all at once. O brothers, believe and be redeemed. Put your
burdens down under the baptism of Jesus." Jesus saved us from all
impiousness and sins once and for all by being baptized once and bleeding once.
"The just for the unjust" (1 Peter
3:18) Jesus is God without sin, and He has never sinned. He came down to
us in the flesh to save people from their sins. He was baptized and took away
all our sins. He saved us from sin and injustice.
All the sins of people from their birth to death
were passed onto Jesus when He was baptized, and all were saved from the judgment
when He bled and died on the Cross. He was baptized for sinners and died vicariously
in their place.
This is the redemption of His baptism. Jesus saved
all of us, who were sinners, once and for all. How weak each of us is! Jesus
redeemed all of our sins from our births to our deaths and offered Himself for
the judgment on the Cross. We who believe in Jesus should believe that He saved
us once and for all with His baptism and blood.
We are weak, but Jesus is not. We are not faithful,
but Jesus is. God saved us once and for all. "For God so loved the
world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should
not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). God gave us His
only begotten Son. He had His Son baptized in order to pass all the sins of
the world onto Him, so that He might receive the judgment for all human beings.
What an amazing salvation this is! What an amazing
love this is! We thank God for His love and salvation. God saves those who believe
in the water and the blood of Jesus: the baptism and the bloodshed of Jesus,
and the fact that Jesus is the Son of God.
Those who believe in Jesus can be saved by believing
in the truth of the baptism and the blood of Jesus and have everlasting lives
as the righteous. We must all believe it.
Who saved us? Was it God who saved us, or was
it one of His creations that saved us? It was Jesus, who is God, who saved us.
We were saved because we believed in the redemption of God, and this is the
salvation of redemption.
Jesus Is the Lord of Salvation
What's the meaning
The Priest, the King,
and the Prophet
Jesus Christ is God. Jesus means the Savior, and
Christ means 'one who is anointed.' As Samuel anointed Saul in the
Old Testament, kings were anointed, priests were anointed and for a prophet
to minister his mission, he had to be anointed.
Jesus came to this world and was anointed for
three duties: that of the Priest, the King, and the Prophet. As the heavenly
Priest, He was baptized to take away the sins of all human beings.
Obeying the will of His Father, He presented Himself
as the sin offering before the Father. "I am the way, the truth, and
the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." Jesus saved
those of us who believe in Him by taking away all our sins through His baptism
and by being crucified.
"For the life of the flesh is in the
blood" (Leviticus 17:11). Jesus bled on the Cross after His baptism;
thus, offering His life before God as the wages for our sins so that we believers
might be saved.
He was resurrected on the third day after He died
on the Cross and preached the gospel to the spirits shut away in jail. Those
who are not yet redeemed are like spiritual prisoners in the jail of sin, and
to them, Jesus preaches the gospel of truth, the gospel of the water and the
blood. God has given us the gospel of the water and the Spirit to save us. Anyone
who believes in it can be born again.
The Baptism and the Blood of Jesus Saves
How can we have a good
conscience before God?
By having faith in the baptism
and the blood of Jesus
Jesus Christ is our Savior, and it is testified
in 1 Peter 3:21, "There is also an antitype which now saves us, namely
baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good
conscience toward God)." The water of the baptism of Jesus is a must
for the salvation of sinners.
Jesus washed away the sins of all sinners by taking
these sins upon Himself through His baptism. Do you believe in the baptism of
Jesus? Do you believe that our hearts are washed clean of all sins through His
baptism? Our hearts are washed clean of all sins, but our flesh still sins.
To be 'born again' does not mean that
a person will not sin again. We, the born-again, also commit sins, but our hearts
stay clean of sin because of our faiths in His baptism. Thus, the above passage
states, "Not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer
of a good conscience toward God" (1 Peter 3:21).
Since Jesus washed away my sins, and since God
accepted judgment for me, how can I not believe in Him? Knowing that Jesus,
who is God, saved me through His baptism and blood, how can I not believe in
Him? We were saved before God and now our consciences are clean. We can no longer
say before God that Jesus didn't completely wash away our sins, just as
we cannot say that God doesn't love us.
Our consciences become far more sensitive to sin
after being born again and they tell us whenever we do wrong. If our consciences
are bothered even a little, we cannot be completely free of sin unless we remind
ourselves of the power of Jesus' baptism. It is the only way we can have
When our consciences bother us, it means that
something is wrong. The water of Jesus' baptism cleans away all the dirt
of sin. Jesus took away all our sins with His baptism and washed us clean, even
to our consciences. When we really believe this, our consciences can truly be
cleansed. How can our consciences be cleansed? By believing in the baptism and
the blood of Jesus. Everyone has an evil and dirty conscience from birth, but
if we believe that all our sins were passed onto Jesus, we can blot out that
This is the faith of the born-again. It is not
autohypnosis, something that you consciously admit. Is your conscience clean?
Is it clean because you have lived a good life, or is it clean because all your
sins were passed onto Jesus and you believe in Him? It is only through this
faith that you can obtain a clean conscience.
There are words with life and words without life.
How can the consciences of all people be cleansed? The only way that we can
be righteous and have clean consciences is to believe in the complete redemption
When believing in His baptism sanctifies us, it
does not mean that the filth of the flesh has been removed, but that our consciences
are clean toward God. For that, He came, was baptized, died on the Cross and
was resurrected from the dead and now sits at the right hand of God.
When the time comes, He will come to this world
again. "To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time,
apart from sin, for salvation" (Hebrews 9:28). We believe that He
will come to take us, who eagerly wait for Him, and are sinless by believing
in His baptism and blood.
A Clinical Experiment of Faith
Can we be saved without
the baptism of Jesus?
We conducted a clinical and unplanned experiment
at our Daejeon Church.
Rev. Park of Daejeon Church told a couple that
there was no sin in the world without mentioning the meaning of Jesus'
baptism. The husband used to sleep during the sermons when he had attended other
churches because all the pastors preached the gospel while omitting the redemption
through the baptism of Jesus, thus forcing him to repent everyday.
But here in our Taejon Church, he listened to
the sermon with both eyes wide open because he was told that all his sins were
passed onto Jesus. It made it easy for his wife to persuade him to come to church
One day, he was sitting in church and heard Romans
8:1. "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ
Jesus." Then, he immediately thought, 'Ah, if one believes in
Jesus, one is without sin. Since I believe in Jesus, I am also without sin.'
So he phoned his brother-in-law and many of his
friends one by one and said, "Do you have sin in your heart? Then your
faith is not correct." At this, Rev. Park was at a loss. The husband didn't
know about the baptism of Jesus but he insisted that he was now without sin.
Then, the couple started having problems. The
wife used to be more religious, but she still had sin in her heart while her
husband said that he was without sin. The husband went to church only a few
times, but he was already without sin.
The wife was sure that both of them still had
sin in their hearts. They started arguing about it. The husband insisted that
he was without sin because 'There is no condemnation to those who are
in Christ Jesus.' And the wife argued that she still had sin in her
Then one day, his wife was so piqued about it
that she decided to go and ask Rev. Park what he meant when he said that all
sins were passed onto Jesus.
So one day, after the evening worship service,
she sent her husband home and stayed behind to ask Rev. Park a question. She
said, "I know you are trying to tell us something, but I am sure there
is one important part hidden. Please tell me what it is." Then, Rev. Park
told her about being born again of water and the Spirit.
She realized at once why it was written in Romans
8:1, "There is therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ
Jesus." She believed at once and was saved. She realized at last that
all our sins were passed onto Jesus through His baptism so that those who are
in Christ would not be condemned.
She started to understand the written Word. She
finally found out that the key to redemption was the baptism of Jesus and that
we could become righteous through the redemption of His baptism.
In fact, her husband did not go home but was waiting
for her outside. He listened to her testimony that her sins were all cleansed,
and asked exultantly, "Well, are you redeemed now?"
But after listening to what his pastor told his
wife, he became confused. He had never heard about the gospel of Jesus'
baptism before. He was sure that he no longer had sin in his heart even without
the baptism of Jesus. So at home, they argued again.
This time, the position was reversed. The wife
pressed the husband whether he had sin in his heart or not. She asked him how
he could be without sin when he did not believe in the baptism of Jesus. She
urged him to look closely into his conscience. Then, he realized while examining
his conscience that he still had sin in his heart.
So, he went to Rev. Park and confessed that he
had sin in his heart. He asked, "When they put their hands on the head
of the scapegoat, was it before they killed it, or after they killed it?"
He had never heard of the gospel of the water and the Spirit, so he was terribly
That was the point of this spiritual experiment.
Jesus had to be baptized to have all the sins of the world passed on to Him.
Only then could he have died on the Cross because the wages of sin is death.
"Did they lay their hands on the head of
the offering before, or after it was killed?" He asked this because he
was confused about the laying on of hands and the baptism of Jesus. So Rev.
Park explained the redemption of the baptism of Jesus in detail to him.
On that day, the husband heard for the first time
the gospel of the water and the Spirit and was redeemed. He heard the gospel
only once and was delivered.
That was the experiment on the omitting of Jesus'
baptism. We may say that we have no sin, but we surely still have sin in our
consciences without the baptism of Jesus. People usually say that Jesus cleansed
all sin by dying on the Cross, but only those who believe in the baptism and
the blood of Jesus can say that they actually have no sin before God.
Rev. Park proved with this couple that we cannot
be completely redeemed of our sins without the redemption through faith in the
baptism of Jesus.
The Antitype of Salvation: the Baptism
What's the antitype
The baptism of Jesus
"There is also an antitype which now
saves us, namely baptism." Jesus
came down to our world to wash away all our sins and to make our consciences
as white as snow. We are cleansed of all sins because Jesus took them all upon
Himself through His baptism. He saved us with His baptism and blood. Therefore,
all creations should kneel before Him.
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Believing in Jesus saves us. We become
God's children and go to Heaven by believing in Jesus. We become
righteous by believing in Jesus. We are the royal priesthood. We
can call God our Father. We live in this world, but we are kings.
Do you truly believe that God saved those of us
who believe in the redemption of the water and the Spirit? Our redemption can
never be complete without the baptism of Jesus. The faith that God and Jesus
admit to be true is the belief in the gospel of His baptism, His Cross, and
the Spirit, which saved us completely. This is the only true faith.
Our sins were washed away when Jesus took them
away with His baptism and all our sins were paid off when He bled on the Cross.
Christ Jesus saved us with the water and the Spirit. Yes! We believe!