Baptism Quotes

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Baptism Quotes

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Baptism
 
Q: What is baptism?
A: Baptism is a sacrament, wherein the washing with water, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, doth signify and seal our ingrafting into Christ, and partaking of the benefits of the covenant of grace,  and our engagement to be the Lord's.
 Q: To whom is baptism to be administered?
A: Baptism is not to be administered to any that are out of the visible church, till they profess their faith in Christ, and obedience to him; but the infants of such as are members of the visible church, are to be baptized.  – Westminster Shorter Catechism Questions 94 & 95
 
 “Let us use it as a spur to holiness. By remembering our baptism, let us be stirred up to make good our baptismal engagements; renouncing the world, flesh, and devil, let us devote ourselves to God and his service. To be baptized into the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, implies a solemn dedication of ourselves to the service of all the Three Persons in the Trinity. It is not enough that our parents dedicate us to God in baptism, but we must dedicate ourselves to him; this is called living to the Lord. Rom 14:8. Our life should be spent in worshipping God, in loving God, in exalting God; we should walk as becomes the gospel. Phil 1:27. We should shine as stars in the world, and live as earthly angels.” –Thomas Watson
 
“Are we bound by our baptism to renounce the devil and all his works? Yes: for the Son of God was manifested to destroy the works of the devil 1 John 3:8. And to renounce the pomps and vanities of this wicked world? Yes: for we must not be conformed to this world, Rom. 12:2. And all the sinful lusts of the flesh? Yes: for we are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, Rom. 8:9. Are we bound to believe all the articles of the Christian faith? Yes: we must hold fast the form of sound words, 2 Tim. 1:13. And to keep God's holy will and commandments? Yes: that we also should walk in newness of life, Rom. 6:4. And to walk in the same all the days of our life? Yes: If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed, John 8:31.” –Matthew Henry
 
“The mere promise of God ought to be sufficient to assure us of the salvation of our children.” –John Calvin
 
“We have, therefore, a spiritual promise given to the patriarchs in circumcision such as is given us in baptism, since it represented for them forgiveness of sins and mortification of the flesh. Moreover, as we have taught that Christ is the foundation of baptism, in whom both of these reside, so it is evident that he is the foundation of circumcision. For he is promised to Abraham, and in him the blessing of all nations [Gen. 12:2-3]. To seal this grace, the sign of circumcision is added.” –John Calvin
 
“Baptism, as circumcision, is a gift of God to his people, not of his people to God. Abraham did not bring circumcision to God; he ‘received’ it from God. God gave it to him as a ‘sign’ and a ‘seal,’ not to others but to himself. It is inadequate, therefore, to speak of baptism as ‘the badge of a Christian man’s profession.” …The witness of baptism is not to others but to ourselves; and it is not by us but by God that the witness is borne.” –B. B. Warfield
 
“Must we be careful to improve our baptism? Yes: Be ye mindful always of his covenant, 1 Chron. 16:15. Is it a good argument against sin ? Yes: How shall we that are dead to sin live any longer therein? Rom. 6:2. And for holiness? Yes: for we also should walk in newness of life, Rom. 6:4. Is it a great encouragement to faith? Yes: Thou art my God from my mother's belly, Ps. 22:10. Is it a good plea in prayer? Yes: Save the son of thy handmaid, Ps. 86:16. Is it a strong inducement to brotherly love? Yes: for we all are baptized into one body, 1 Cor. 12:13.” –Matthew Henry
 
Sterling A. Harmon, Jr.
Ruling Elder, Presbyterian Church of Coventry (PCA)
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