What role does baptism play in the Christian life? Does it matter? In this lab, Pastor John discusses whether baptism saves or not.
Principle for Bible Reading
Identify the Pronoun
A pronoun, simply put, is a word that substitutes for a noun (a person, place, or thing) which has previously been mentioned. Instead of constantly repeating the noun, we diversify our sentences with pronouns.
Identifying the pronouns in the Bible and figuring out what they refer back to are keys for good Bible reading.
*Note: a pronoun can refer back to an entire phrase instead of just one word.
In This Lab
In 1 Peter 3:21–22 we find the pronoun this, “Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you…” Identifying what the pronoun refers back to is crucial to understanding the passage.
So what does the “this” refer to? Pastor John believes that “this” refers back to the rescue from the flood in the days of Noah mentioned in verse 20.
Instead of saying:
John went to the music studio to record John’s new album. The album, Please Give me Pronouns, will be John’s sixth, and so far the new album is John’s favorite. John’s album will be available June 23rd, and John hopes that all hearing this message can get a copy!
We substitute repeating the nouns at nausea with pronouns:
John went to the music studio to record his new album. The album, Please Give me Pronouns, will be his sixth, and so far it is his favorite. His album will be available June 23rd, and he hopes you get a copy!
- If, for instance, a Catholic told you that baptism saves you and cited 1 Peter 3:21–22, how would you respond?
- What does the “this” in verse 21 refer back to?
- What role does baptism play in the Christian life?