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Renewed in the Spirit but lack faith until we choose Jesus as our savior. What does the water mean in Baptism? The old John in us baptizes Jesus by our own washing and renewal so that we become like Christ. Who said that, "We are buried with Christ through Baptism into death" and was he right? Fill in the blank with one word. Back to top.

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More Luthers Small Catechism Quizzes. Sign In with your ProProfs account. Not registered yet? Thus faith clings to the water, and believes that it is Baptism, in which there is pure salvation and life; not through the water as we have sufficiently stated , but through the fact that it is embodied in the Word and institution of God, and the name of God inheres in it. Now, if I believe this, what else is it than believing in God as in Him who has given and planted His Word into this ordinance, and proposes to us this external thing wherein we may apprehend such a treasure?

Yea, it shall and must be something external, that it may be apprehended by the senses, and understood and thereby be brought into the heart, as indeed the entire Gospel is an external, verbal preaching. In short, what God does and works in us He proposes to work through such external ordinances. Wherever, therefore, He speaks, yea, in whichever direction or by whatever means He speaks, thither faith must look, and to that it must hold.

To what else do they refer than to Baptism, that is, to the water comprehended in God's ordinance? Hence it follows that whoever rejects Baptism rejects the Word of God, faith, and Christ, who directs us thither and binds us to Baptism. That is, faith alone makes the person worthy to receive profitably the saving, divine water. For, since these blessings are here presented and promised in the words in and with the water, they cannot be received in any other way than by believing them with the heart. Therefore this single word He that believeth effects this much that it excludes and repels all works which we can do, in the opinion that we obtain and merit salvation by them.

For it is determined that whatever is not faith avails nothing nor receives anything.


Answer: Yes, our works, indeed, avail nothing for salvation; Baptism, however, is not our work, but God's for, as was stated, you must put Christ-baptism far away from a bath-keeper's baptism. God's works, however, are saving and necessary for salvation, and do not exclude, but demand, faith; for without faith they could not be apprehended. Now, this the fist cannot do, nor the body; but the heart must believe it.

Therefore they do us violence by exclaiming against us as though we preach against faith; while we alone insist upon it as being of such necessity that without it nothing can be received nor enjoyed. Therein we regard not the flesh and blood, but the commandment of God in which they are comprehended, and on account of which the flesh is called father and mother; so also, though we had no more than these words, Go ye and baptize, etc.

But here in Baptism there is brought free to every one's door such a treasure and medicine as utterly destroys death and preserves all men alive.

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We have, therefore, no greater jewel in body and soul, for by it we are made holy and are saved, which no other kind of life, no work upon earth, can attain. Let this suffice respecting the nature, blessing, and use of Baptism, for it answers the present purpose. Of Infant Baptism. Concerning this we say briefly: 48] Let the simple dismiss this question from their minds, and refer it to the learned. But if you wish to answer, 49] then answer thus:- That the Baptism of infants is pleasing to Christ is sufficiently proved from His own work, namely, that God sanctifies many of them who have been thus baptized, and has given them the Holy Ghost; and that there are yet many even to-day in whom we perceive that they have the Holy Ghost both because of their doctrine and life; as it is also given to us by the grace of God that we can explain the Scriptures and come to the knowledge of Christ, which is impossible without the Holy Ghost.

Now, since God confirms Baptism by the gifts of His Holy Ghost, as is plainly perceptible in some of the church fathers, as St. Bernard, Gerson, John Hus, and others, who were baptized in infancy, and since the holy Christian Church cannot perish until the end of the world, they must acknowledge that such infant baptism is pleasing to God. For He can never be opposed to Himself, or support falsehood and wickedness, or for its promotion impart His grace and Spirit.

For they shall not take from us or overthrow this article: I believe a holy Christian Church, the communion of saints. For my faith does not make Baptism, but receives it. Now, Baptism does not become invalid even though it be wrongly received or employed; since it is not bound as stated to our faith, but to the Word. For here is the water together with the Word of God, even though he does not receive it as he should, just as those who unworthily go to the Sacrament receive the true Sacrament, even though they do not believe.

For as we have said even though infants did not believe, which, however, is not the case, yet their baptism as now shown would be valid, and no one should rebaptize them; just as nothing is detracted from the Sacrament though some one approach it with evil purpose, and he could not be allowed on account of his abuse to take it a second time the selfsame hour, as though he had not received the true Sacrament at first; for that would mean to blaspheme and profane the Sacrament in the worst manner.

Many, as such as dictate to the unbaptised, a liberty of access to God; teaching that baptism is not the ground of Communion with the Church visible, but real grace, the answer of a good conscience, and thereon do tender all the Ordinances to the unbaptised which is directly opposite to this use of the Ordinance, and inverts the order of the Gospel, giving God cause to complain, as once in Israel, Ezek Ye have defiled my Sanctuary, by admitting into my Sanctuary the unbaptized in flesh and in spirit.

Q: Who are further to be condemned as contrary to this consecrating nature of Baptism? Whilst it robs God of the children to him begotten, the Church of members to her born, believing parents of a ground of faith, and reason of hope, and the infants of their undoubted interest in the Covenant, I cannot but judge it sacrilege.

Who else are to be blamed as repugnant to this consecrating nature of Baptism? Such as disesteem their own baptism, neither improving it against sin; nor arguing to themselves the duty or dignity of their baptism; so as to make baptism an engagement against sin to holiness; and encouragement of their spirits in holy duties.

Q: Who else are to be blamed as contrary to the consecrating nature of Baptism? Such as deny the Baptized the liberty of access to God in the Assemblies of his people; as do the independents, who gather churches out of churches rightly constituted; and call the Baptized in Church way, as if they were out of it, and prescribe a covenant of their own, whereby to admit Church members and affect to distinguish themselves from others baptized, by the term of Saints, Brethren, Church, and the like, and deny to communicate with them; as if Baptism did not incorporate into Christ his body, and prepare for communion with him in his Ordinance.

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To what course of life doth your Baptism bind you? To depart from all iniquity; to devote my self, wholly to the faith and service of one God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, to whom I am dedicated, and all my days to mark myself as a member of Christ his Church, one in Covenant with God, on whom holiness is stamped; and that is sanctified for approach to him. You speak of some benefit you reaped by your being baptised in infancy, is the early enjoyment of this Ordinance of any advantage?

Yes, very much in many things to be preferred before baptism of grown persons, where in it is more profitable. Infant baptism expresseth clearly the sin of nature; and engageth against it: in that we are washed, it is evident we are unclean, but being so soon baptized doth witness our very nature is defiled; for infancy did never admit us to be stained with personal guilt as are men at years and so infant baptism is an unanswerable argument of our inbred corruption against which we are bound to fight, being baptized before it had spread it self into actual sin.

It explaineth the method, and order of transmitting the Covenant, and affecteth us with the benefit of relation to a believing Parent. That we are baptized speaks us in Covenant; but that we are so soon baptized before we have in ourselves any qualification for it shews us as branches, we partake of the fatness of the olive, and are of the same kind with our Parents. It enlargeth the bounds, and establisheth the being of the Church.

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Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua),4 . The catechism has its proper place here. By Baptism all sins are forgiven, original sin and all personal sins, as well as all punishment for sin. In those who have been reborn nothing remains that.

It exciteth repentance, representing sin in its root and original, the gravity of nature, and its gracious object, the God of our fathers, and the God of our youth against whom we have offended. It enforceth faith, not only in the sealing, but also the extending of the Covenant to the seed of believers, a ground of parental prayer for posterity, and an early seizure of our souls, before Satan could possess us, or our own corrupt nature could betray us unto him.

It engageth duty; Parents to Christian education and instruction of those, who by their authority are dedicated to the service of the true God; Children to the obedience of the God of their father, and of their youth, who extended to them the Covenant, and so soon set the seal of it in their flesh. May not these benefits redound to such as are baptized in grown years?

No, in nowise, for such see not the extent of the Covenant to believers and their seed; nor the serviceableness of relation natural in business of salvation; nor do they enjoy the same; and therefore it is our great happiness, that we are not only baptized, but baptized in infancy, under all the advantages that either Ordinance or season can afford us. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account.

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CCC Concupiscence is an inclination to sin. What is Baptism? CCC Baptism is concluded by: 1. For if it were not right and true in itself, it could not be misused nor sinned against. In accordance with the Lord's will, it is necessary for salvation, as is the Church herself, which we enter by Baptism.

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A Short Catechism on Baptism

Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Skip to content. The Value and Virtue of Baptism in which: The dignity and duty of Baptism The due right of infants to Baptism And their right above that of grown persons by Baptism The degrading and destructive principles and practices of Baptism ARE Catechetically propounded, plainly preached and now published as an Antidote against all Baptism despising dictates by Rev Zach Crofton What is your name?

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