Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38
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In the process of cleaning up my teaching of 1 Peter 3:18-20 and showing how it relates to 1 Peter 3:21-4:3 and what people believe is the subject of the flood baptizing the earth, the Lord presented me with a chiasm in that writing.

The group I meet with has discussed the use of
midrash in 1 Peter 3:18-20 and how it relates to his shift to baptism in 1 Peter 3:21-4:3, and so this has been on my mind for a period. On the way to church this morning, the Lord asked me about the "bookends" to the chiasm. As soon as I could, I checked. Lo-and-behold, there it was.

This structure is hidden by a chapter break. Remember that chapters and verses do not exist in the original text. Not only is there a chiasm but there's a
parallelism as well. These structures point us to hidden treasures, truth's about what God and the author is trying to reveal to us.

Let's start with the parallelism…
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In a parallelism, the author is putting a connection between statements to reveal truths and answer questions. In the above parallelism, we have the connections of Messiah suffering for sin. These are complete parallels. Then we see Peter saying to "bring us to God" and the parallel is "arm yourself with the same mind". The way Messiah's death brings us to God is by our arming ourselves with the same mind which Yeshua had. His next parallel is "being put to death in the flesh" which connects with "no longer live in the flesh". The way the flesh is put to death is a refusal to continue to live in that way. The last connection is "made alive in the spirit" locked into live "for the will of God". The will of God is that we live with His mind in His will, alive by the spirit.

What a wonderful explanation. Now let's look at the chiasm of 1 Peter 3:18-4:3
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As discussed on the article on if the earth was baptized during the flood, the subject of Peter's discussion is not about the flood or even what happened to Jesus directly after He died. The subject matter is baptism.

chiastic structures, the center either tells you to watch for something in the text, puts an exclamation point on the text, or points straight to a subject. It's obvious Peter wanted his readers to focus on one point, how important baptism is and what that means to us as followers of Messiah.

I once was a man who wondered how important baptism was other than that we should do it just because Messiah did it. Through
parallel structures and chiasm's, I see Peter pointing us to how important baptism is and how we are to respond to it.

I praise God for His wonderful revelations through His children of God.