Ronald L. Nickelson
Editor of Bible Teacher & Leader
First Peter 3:21 speaks of baptism as related to a good conscience. Key to a valid rendering of this genitive is a proper translation of ejperwvthma (epero¯te¯ma) which is also found in QDaniel 4:14 . With this word understood to mean verdict in both QDaniel 4:14 and 1 Pet 3:21, the good conscience genitive will naturally be subjective rather than objective. These conclusions support the concept that baptism more properly belongs to the realm of justification rather than the realm of sanctification in the order of salvation.