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Sunday, April 22, 2007 at 3:58 PM

Lord's Day 27

I accidentally swapped last weeks and this weeks. They're renamed but in the wrong order now


Question 72
. Is then the external baptism with water the washing away of sin itself?

Answer. Not at all: for the [a] blood of Jesus Christ only, and the Holy Ghost cleanse us from all [b] sin.

Question 73. Why then doth the Holy Ghost call baptism "the washing of regeneration," and "the washing away of sins"?

Answer. God speaks thus not without great cause, to-wit, not only thereby to teach us, that as the filth of the body is purged away by water, so our sins are [c] removed by the blood and Spirit of Jesus Christ; but especially that by [d] this divine pledge and sign he may assure us, that we are spiritually cleansed from our sins as really, as we are externally washed with water.

Question 74. Are infants also to be baptized?

Answer. Yes: for since they, as well as the adult, are included in the [e] covenant and [f] church of God; and since [g] redemption from sin by the blood of Christ, and the [h] Holy Ghost, the author of faith, is promised to them no less than to the adult; they must therefore by baptism, as a sign of the covenant, be also admitted into the christian church; and be distinguished [i] from the children of unbelievers as was done in the old covenant or testament by [j] circumcision, instead of which [k] baptism is instituted in the new covenant.

[a]: Mat. 3:11; 1Pet. 3:11
[b]: 1John 1:7; 1Cor. 6:11
[c]: Rev. 1:5; 1Cor 6:11
[d]: Mark 16:16; Gal. 3:27
[e]: Gen. 17:7; Acts 2:39
[f]: 1Cor. 7:14; Joel 2:16
[g]: Mat. 19:14
[h]: Luke 1:14,15; Psa. 22:10; Acts 2:39
[i]: Acts 10:47; 1Cor. 12:13; 1Cor 7:14
[j]: Gen. 17:14
[k]: Col. 2:11,12,13

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Blogger Matthew said...

What up, Mick!

Some thoughts on the idea that infants are to be baptized into the covenant of Christ.

In both Acts 2:39 and 1 Cor. 7:14, the Greek word for "child/children" is teknon. According to my lexicons, teknon is never used in reference to infants or babies.

As I exposit these verses, I see an affirmation of the baptism of a child, but in connection to professing a saving faith, in the same manner as adults (context of Peter's sermon at Pentecost in Acts 2).

I do not feel that an infant or baby is capable of providing the saving faith that is necessary to participate in believer's baptism.

I would appreciate hearing your reasoning...

Peace, brother, peace!  

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