Tell Peter, who wrote 1 Peter 3:21.
There is no water in 1 Peter 3:21. In fact, Petere explicitly states that he is not talking about water baptism.
There is also an antitype which now saves us—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, - 1 Peter 3:21 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1Peter3:21&version=NKJV
It's "baptism through the resurrection of Jesus Christ."
I am adding nothing to Christ.
You are attempting to add your good works to Christ's completed work on the cross.
He commanded baptism and repentance.
He commanded obedience to God.
He commanded us to love God with all of our heart, strength, and might; and our neighbor as ourself.
I won't accept a doctrine that repudiates Christ's commands.
No one is repudiating anything.
Only rightly dividing.
You are trying to warm your hands with a glove with only one finger.
Whatever that means...
I don't know if I am glad you have no fear of what God is going to do to the disobedient on the day of judgement, or fearful for you
You should be more concerned about your own eternal destination.
That is when the race is over.
A person's race is over when they get to heaven.
Your interpretation runs counter to what Peter wrote in 1 Peter 4:17 that judgement will begin with the church of God.
No, not "church." "House."
The House of God contains both the people of the New Covenant (AKA Israel) and those in the Body of Christ (Christians).
Peter is referring to "the time of Jacob's trouble" (AKA the Great Tribulation), which definitely comes before the Bema Seat of Christ.
Remember, the Twelve Apostles agreed to go to the circumcision, while Paul goes to the uncircumcision. There's a reason Israel is called Jacob.
A day of judgement is coming, but you don't think you will be judged.
I find that a mistake.
Where did I ever say that I don't think I will be judged?
Because I never said that.
Peter proves your doctrine in error. (1 Peter 4:17)
Saying it doesn't make it so.
I love God's words concerning the death of the old me and the raising up of the new me with Christ at my water baptism.
Your water baptism had nothing to do with it.
I was one of the worst sinners, until I turned from sin.
Just listen to yourself boast in your own achievement!
Thanks be to God for giving the gift of repentance from sin to the Gentiles.
You sound like B57 and his calvinistic nonsense.
Repentance is not a gift that God gives. It's not a gift, period.
It works after a real turn from sin
To repent means "to turn away from (something)."
Repenting from sin is turning away from sin.
But it doesn't mean that you are now sinless. And you are clearly not.
and reception of the gift of the Holy Ghost.
What are you, Charismatic?
The only mentions of the "gift of the Holy Spirit" I can find in the Bible have nothing to do with the Body of Christ today, and the majority of those mentions are specifically dealing with Israel and her New Covenant relationship with God.
God is pleased with obedience,
Yes He is.
and proves it with the gift of the Holy Ghost...
Thanks be to God.
You can stop with the mock humility.
You don't know what you are missing.
Is that supposed to mean something?
The New Covenant has not been available to anyone since Paul was converted on the road to Damascus.
People, like yourself, think they can put themselves under it, but they're only making it harder for themselves to understand what the Bible says.
The new creature is everyone who killed the old man at their "immersion" into Christ and into His death and burial.
The "new creation" refers to those who have placed their faith in Christ.
I am a new creature.
No, you're not.
That IS the new covenant.
Then you clearly don't know what the New Covenant is.
So the bible is telling me to stop being obedient to God?
What a horrible interpretation of God's will and hope.
I put my faith in Christ when I turned from sin, repented of sin, and got baptized in His name for the remission of my past sins.
And you apparently also put your faith in your baptism as well. Or did I misread what you said earlier?
He rewarded me with the gift of the Holy Ghost
What, exactly, if anything, do you mean when you say, "the gift of the Holy Ghost"?
so I could continue on with a good conscience towards Him.
Apparently lying was one of the things you learned.
The disobedient can't even walk.
That much is obvious of you.
Already did, many years ago...
But not fully, otherwise you wouldn't rely so much on your water baptism and other things.
thanks be to God for allowing me to hear, and believe the message!
Again with the mock humility.
Amen, the first step to perfect harmony with God on earth.
Missing the point
The "rope" is not endless.
Missing the point.
And it's my analogy, not yours. The point is that you CANNOT climb the rope, therefore let go of the rope and let the one who DID climb the rope carry you.
You're still trying to climb the rope.
It starts at wanting to please God and ends on the day of judgement.
No, it doesn't.
In between are countless tests from God to determine one's resolve.
You're conflating two different things and calling them the same.
Is that faith the one you have been mentioning for the entire post?
But it doesn't do anything?
Faith in and of itself does nothing.
It's simply letting God into your life.
Sorry you have misinterpreted it.
Saying it doesn't make it so.
Paul wrote against adhering to the Mosaic Law's works, for salvation.
Paul was not speaking SPECIFICALLY of the Mosaic law, but used it to refer to ALL law, as a whole. ANY LAW that you place yourself under, you are cursed to keep it.
This is the lesson taught by the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, which is a symbol of the Law.
Specifically, circumcision and dietary rules.
Is that the faith you said "does nothing"?
Faith isn't doing something. It's accepting (going through the door) what Christ has done.
What I said stands.
The faith of the believer does plenty, including believing the One who opened the door.
Your attempts to dash my faith are futile.
Your faith is vain, because it is not solely in Christ and his completed work.
I know that pleasing God is exactly what God wants and has equipt us to accomplish.
Still conflating two different things.
A god that won't, is not a real God.