It is commonly said that baptism is an “out ward sign of in ward grace”, I’m not sure were that statement came from but it is true so long as it is understood in the biblical scope of sin remission as that grace.
Baptism is also said to be “for salvation”, or biblicaly “for the remission of sin”, this also is correct as long as it is in the biblical scope of excepting inward grace as an out ward life walk.
Over all it would be better said that Baptism is an out ward submission our our inward Belief or Faith.
In other words there is no way to summarize baptism simply, that is why the bible has much to offer us in this understanding, yet the very act of submitting to baptism in the name of the Father (YHWH), the Son (Jesu) and the Holy Spirit (spirit of purification), just simply because you are commanded to for the remission of sin is all God is asking for to start this walk, in a physical relationship and newness of life.
Prior you must have, if you are truly in the act of repentance, come under conviction that the bible is the Word and Truth of God, and you need your sins forgiven or remitted. In effect this is called in the book of John being “Born again” or as the Greek implies “born from above”, that is to start over, so ‘lets take it from the top’.
Notice this process:
Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
(Notice that this being born again aspect references the seeing of the kingdom
while the being born of water and spirit references the entrance into the kingdom.
SEEING AND ENTERING ARE VERY DIFERENT
Joh 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
Joh 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Joh 3:9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
Joh 3:10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
Joh 3:11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
Joh 3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
Joh 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
The book of John started with Christ’s very water Baptism by his Priestly cousin John the baptist, and this teaching quickly follows, that water and spirit are a necessity for kingdom entrance, while this being born again only allows one to see it.
Id like to do what is needed of entrance,
Most Bible readers know that sin remission, forgiveness is part of entering God’s kingdom, the problem is that most do not give baptism it’s specified part in this new birth of the spirit, which ultimately comes after conviction of the scriptures.
Mat_3:6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
Matthew 3:6; Mark 1:4,5; Luke 3:3; Acts 2:38;
Act 22:16 (Ananias to Paul) And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
So is that it? just get in the water and have some words said and poof, you are in the kingdom of God?
Yes, if your heart is right, that you are submitting to the word of God, the bible, to purify your conscience. YHWH, made this action simple in the flesh, but complicated in the spirit, as the only baptism that counts is the one which reflects the life change, the recognition of your uncleanness by sin. This birth again is the start of a spiritual conversion, which may stagnate for a life time or may launch off immediately, as you develop an immediate faith, trust, belief in the Word of God.
But this kingdom you are seeking is not at the end of your life, or of the end of the world, if that is all Christ is for you you are seeking in vain, a kingdom which is not there.
Luke 17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Luk 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
If that is the case then this rebirth to see and ultimately enter is a process which starts in us, it was in the midst of the pharisee Judeans. This helps understand the born again process a bit better, as it starts from the top down, by God drawing you and you drawing unto God. By Faith or belief which comes from with in.
So the the kingdom of God is within or in the midst of us, Christ’s simple admonition is not to follow those who are looking for it and predicting, rather it will be very clear in the end, and very clear in it’s establishment.
Christ had a simple teaching to express to his disciples this concept of having the kingdom within.
If then we are to enter this kingdom that is in the midst of us, we must then correct our understanding of what the kingdom is that the water and spirit enters us into.
Mar 10:13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
Mar 10:14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
Mar 10:15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
Mar 10:16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.
Mar 10:17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
Mar 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
Mar 10:19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.
Mar 10:20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.
Mar 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
Mar 10:22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
Mar 10:23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
Mar 10:24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
Mar 10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Mar 10:26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?
Mar 10:27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
Mar 10:28 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.
Mar 10:29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s,
Mar 10:30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
Mar 10:31 But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.
Mar 10:32 And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him,
Mar 10:33 Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles:
Mar 10:34 And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.
Mar 10:35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire.
Mar 10:36 And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you?
Mar 10:37 They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.
Mar 10:38 But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?
Mar 10:39 And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:
Mar 10:40 But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.
Mar 10:41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John.
Christ recognizes his Baptism as the work of the cross which he will fulfill in Jerusalem, namely his death burial and resurrection.
While water Baptism is a purification action of the law, as many other actions of the law, Christ gives us the understanding of it’s meaning in His perfect life.
Christ’s very life was one of sacrifice, while he lived he sacrifices the pleasure of sin, so that in his death he could give the sacrifice of a sinless life to make intercession. To show us the way to die daily, and attempt to live like him.
For what cause?
Rom 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
Rom 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Rom 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Rom 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Rom 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Rom 6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
Rom 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
Rom 6:10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
Rom 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Rom 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Rom 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Rom 6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
Rom 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Rom 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
Rom 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Rom 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
Rom 6:20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
Rom 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
Rom 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Water Baptism is the putting on of Christ, the death of our old man, and the renewed life in Christ unto the father in righteousness.
This is the essence of Baptism that is Spiritual, the water and Spirit that we are admonished to be born of so that we may conclude as :
Rom 8:1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
Rom 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Rom 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
Rom 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Rom 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Rom 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Rom 8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
Rom 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Rom 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Rom 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
This is indeed the cross of the rich man and the Baptism that John and James did not know they were asking of, as they were indeed to put on Christ, to take up the cross they did not realize that the position they sought after in the kingdom was in this life more than in the next, as disciples we are baptized into His death.
Origins of Baptism
The origin of Baptismal washing is not a thing desired to be studied out by the Church world, as those who worship it’s function desire it to be a purely “new testament” action, thus evading the preconceived notion that works of the law are done away with in Christ.
Yet evidence exists, that while baptism is a Christian right implemented by Christ’s disciples on account of the symbolism had in Christs passion, it’s practice reaches further back than the book of Mathew.
In the Greek the word is derived from:
A primary verb; to whelm, that is, cover wholly with a fluid; in the New Testament only in a qualified or specific sense, that is, (literally) to moisten (a part of one’s person), or (by implication) to stain (as with dye): – dip.
From a derivative of G911; to makewhelmed (that is, fullywet); used only (in the New Testament) of ceremonial ablution, especially (technically) of the ordinance of Christian baptism: – baptist, baptize, wash.
From G907; baptism (technically or figuratively): – baptism.
It has been suggested that Baptism is a purely Christian or NT rite, unknown to the Law, but the very act of Johns baptism and its same connection to the washing away of sin and repentance it with the Judean acceptance evidence enough for a pre-Christian rite…lets find it.
Luk 3:3 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;
Luk 3:4 As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
Luk 3:5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;
Luk 3:6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
Luk 3:7 Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Luk 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
Luk 3:9 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Luk 3:10 And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?
Luk 3:11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.
Luk 3:12 Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do?
Luk 3:13 And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.
Luk 3:14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.
Luk 3:15 And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not;
Luk 3:16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
Luk 3:17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.
John’s baptism is in strikingly resemblance to Acts 2, John 3 and mark 10
The fruits worthy of repentance was the real act of turning from ones individual sin. And this baptism was in John’s time recognized as a true aid in the repentance process.
Josephus in Antiquities book 18:ch5 v 2. … John, that was called the Baptist: for Herod slew him, who was a good man, and commanded the Jews to exercise virtue, both as to righteousness towards one another, and piety towards God, and so to come to baptism; for that the washing [with water] would be acceptable to him, if they made use of it, not in order to the putting away [or the remission] of some sins [only], but for the purification of the body; supposing still that the soul was thoroughly purified beforehand by righteousness.
Here is a Judean understanding of John’s baptism
So this was a washing and a purification of the body.
In searching Consider the Apocryphal books which span the book of Malachi and Mathew, and how Baptism was referenced.
English provided from the KJV 1611
Sir 34:25 He that washeth( βαπτιζόμενος: baptizeth) himself after the touching of a dead body, if he touch it again, what auaileth his washing?
Sir 34:26 So is it with a man that fasteth for his sinnes, and goeth againe and doeth the same: who will heare his prayer, or what doeth his humbling profit him?
Jdt 12:6 And sent to Olofernes, saying, Let my lord now command, that thine handmaid may goe forth vnto prayer.
Jdt 12:7 …Thus she abode in the camp three dayes, and went out in the night into the valley of Bethulia, and washed(ἐβαπτίζετο: baptized) her selfe in a fountaine of water by the campe.
Jdt 12:8 And when she came out, shee besought the Lord God of Israel to direct her way, to the raising vp of the children of her people.
Jdt 12:9 So she came in cleane, and remained in the tent, vntill shee did eate her meat at euening.
Both references are a form of washing and cleansing. It is seen her then that by context, Both Sirach and Judith’s writers equated Baptism with the washing off for uncleanness, interestingly enough Sirach for the dead body, such as that which Christian Baptism qualifies us to be as.
The Greek word G3068 – Louo, being the equivalent Baptism, in this context on the other hand is seen used in the law but crosses over here in the LXX Apocrypha, Being seen plainly in
Rev 1:5And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
This variant of functional baptism is that which the law uses in Greek to imply whole body washing, for priests, which inaugurated them into the priesthood, allowed them into the sanctuary, which is the function of the laver; for the common soul this washing was to clean one from uncleanness or to refresh the soul after fasting or trouble.
The mode of washing is baptism, that is to simply make fully wet, or to over whelm with water, which causes louo the washing and the cleansing.
The lawful use is seen thought the law in washing away the uncleanness of disease, death, infectious fluids, and some regular uncleanness had in normal non sinful life.
A heavy emphasis is seen in dealing with dead bodies, as Sirach shows, while Judith shows her baptism to be of a general sort, yet it was to be pure in prayer.
The symbolism as Paul shows it is clear Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? as it is connected to Baptism being for cleansing of the uncleanness of death. This death particularly is that which is we recognize as our fleshly state.
Isaiah wraps up the concept under which John and Christ and the apostles were in operation under:
Isa 1:16 Wash you (louo), make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
Isa 1:17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Isa 1:19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
Eze 36:16 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Eze 36:17 Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings: their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman.
Eze 36:18 Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it:
Eze 36:19 And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them.
Eze 36:20 And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land.
Eze 36:21 But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went.
Eze 36:22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.
Eze 36:23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.
Eze 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
Eze 36:25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
Eze 36:28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
Eze 36:29 I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you.
Eze 36:30 And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.
Eze 36:31 Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.
Eze 36:32 Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel.
Peter saw this right typified in the flood of the days of Noah (Luke 17?)
1Pe 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
1Pe 3:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
1Pe 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
1Pe 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
1Pe 3:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
1Pe 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
1Pe 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
1Pe 3:22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
1Pe 4:1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
1Pe 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
1Pe 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
1Pe 4:4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
1Pe 4:5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.
1Pe 4:6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
Peter clearly saw all that Paul saw in Romans 6, and also gives an insight on why the seeing and entering into the kingdom of God is like the days of Noah, as they in his day were also dead in sin, and if it were not for God’s grace on Noah in saving him from the filth of the world, Noah would have likewise perished in his sin. HERE we are now among those who are just as dead in sin as they of Noah’s day, but the kingdom will not come with observation or close watch.
G3906paratēreō to inspectalongside, observe, watch.
That which one is waiting to see has already been missed, as in the John 3 “see” is the simpler form: to behold, to see it and know it then we enter into it, we do not wait or else we shall find our selves on the out side where the filth and the close observer is washed away.
This is where the spirit surpasses the flesh, as it saw the kingdom while unwashed, un entered, yet the pressing for truth takes the seeing spirit into entering by obedience in the flesh to kill the flesh and his ways. A new life arises in rebirth in the kingdom of God, a kingdom which is within you if you would only believe and live it out it could then be truly “thy kingdom come thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…”