Of course, "not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a clear conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ"
Baptism does not mearly remove dirt, it is regenerative, as St. Paul wrote to Titus, "not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,"
Yes but not quite.
Water baptism is dying with Christ. We are not saved in the dying with him (putting away the filth of the flesh") but in the being raised up with him to resurrection life by the Spirit - Spirit baptism. We are saved through water baptism because you must die with him before you can be raised up with him to new life in Spirit baptism. In this way one is saved through water baptism not in the dying with Christ itself. That's Peter's point concerning the words, "not the putting away the filth of the flesh."
And Peter's words have nothing to do with water washing dirt off a body. That's a ridiculous translation and interpretation. Whoever would suppose they were saved by having a simple bath? Nobody.
Oh my friend, not only do I listen to them during our Liturgical services, but believe it or not, I'm part of a group at my Church that does a Bible study of the Sunday readings 😮 as well as my own personal reading of Scripture.
Thanks for the Christian charity
you are too funny!
We are not all like you Theo