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21 The water through which the ark safely passed symbolizes now the ceremonial washing through baptism[a] that initiates you into salvation. You are saved not because it cleanses your body of filth but because of your appeal to God from a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus the Anointed, our Liberating King.

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  1. 3:21 Literally, immersion, in a rite of initiation and purification