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Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 10:38 AM

Do God's people choose God, or does God choose God's people?

In the Bethlehem Baptist Elder Affirmation of Faith it says -
12.3 We believe that baptism is an ordinance of the Lord by which those who have repented and come to faith express their union with Christ in His death and resurrection, by being immersed in water in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is a sign of belonging to the new people of God, the true Israel, and an emblem of burial and cleansing, signifying death to the old life of unbelief, and purification from the pollution of sin.
If baptism an "expression of the union of Christ with His people," isn't it the case that God is the one who expresses that to us rather than the other way around? If that's the case, baptism of infants (provided they are of the covenant, which is another question) is entirely consistent with this view of baptism.

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