18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us[e] to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, 19 by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited[f] in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. 21 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, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him. 1 Peter 3:18-22
Jesus went to the cross and died for our sins so that our relationship with God the Father can be restored. In the Garden of Eden the relationship between man and God was destroyed because of sin. It is only the precious blood of Jesus that removes the curse of sin and death. It is only the precious blood of Jesus that permanently washes away our sin. Jesus came in the flesh and died and was brought back to life by the power of the Holy Spirit. Today He sits at the right hand of the Father and has been given all dominion and all authority.
Jesus once He died upon the cross descended into Hell and declared to those placed in prison that the curse of sin and death has been destroyed. Jesus took all authority the enemy had. Satan today has no authority. He deceives the world and leads all into death and destruction. But for those who trust in Jesus Christ are saved from being eternally separated from God.
It was God who saved Noah and his family through the ark. God led Noah to build the ark and Noah faithfully followed the Lord. Day in and day out those around Noah watched him build and ark. They thought him a foolish man until Noah and his family were locked inside the ark and the flood waters came.
Jesus is a type of ark for us. He has saved us from the flood of judgment that has come on humanity for its wickedness and its sin. People cannot save themselves. In there pride and arrogance they see no need for a savior. For all who reject salvation found in Jesus Christ they will be eternally lost and separated from God. But for us who have placed our faith and trust in Jesus Christ we have been saved. When we are water baptized it is a public declaration with the world that we have died with Christ and have been raised to new life again with Him.
All things are subject to Jesus Christ. Sitting at the right hand is the seat of authority. Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father and has been given all authority and dominion. Jesus has given us His authority and has told us whatever we bind on earth is bound in heaven and whatever we loose on earth is loosed in heaven. We have been given authority and we must understand the authority we have. All we need is found in Christ alone. May we fix our eyes upon Jesus and continue to press on toward the high call in Christ Jesus.