Archive for the ‘baptism’ Category

What does Baptism represent?

August 14, 2014

In the NT, baptism represents at least three and possibly four things. First, it signifies cleansing from sin and is thus “unto repentance.” Obviously the threat of judgment is behind the need for baptism, but the baptism itself is (symbolically) the means of escape from judgment. Those who are baptized acknowledge their guilt and seek to have it washed away. Second, baptism is a ritual dying and rising again, symbolizing the believer’s participation in the death and resurrection of Christ. …Third, it is a “sincere pledge/request to God” because in baptism one comes to God in genuine faith, seeking forgiveness, and desiring to walk in the light. Fourth, it may represent the effusion of the Holy Spirit upon the believer after the patterns of the descent of the Spirit at Jesus’ baptism and the reception of the Spirit by Cornelius’ household just prior to their baptism (Acts 10:44-48).

Duane A. Garrett in Believer’s Baptism (New American Commentary Studies in Bible & Theology) by Shawn D. Wright

What is Baptism?

August 14, 2014

Baptism is the outward sign of entrance into the New Covenant by the inward circumcision of the heart, evidenced by one’s confession of faith in Christ.

Fred Malone

What does Baptism mean?

August 11, 2014

Baptism…signifies a believer’s union with Christ, by grace through faith, and all the benefits that are entailed by that union. It testifies that one has entered into the realities of the new covenant and, as such, has experienced regeneration, the gift and down payment of the Spirit, and the forgiveness of sin.It graphically signifies that a believer is now a member of the body of Christ (Eph. 4:22-25). It is our defining mark of belonging as well as a demarcation from the world (see Acts 2:40-41). It is an entry into the eschatological order of the new creation which our Lord has ushered in. Through baptism, we are united with Jesus Christ, by faith, and sealed with the Holy Spirit for the day of redemption (Eph.4:30)

Stephen J.Wellum, Baptism and the Relationship Between the Covenants, in Believer’s Baptism, Shaun Wright (ed.), 2006

If anyone says that baptism is optional, that is, not necessary for salvation, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA

May 10, 2010

If anyone says that baptism is optional, that is, not necessary for salvation, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA.

Council of Trent,  Canons on Baptism, Canon 5

Which  means that justification is not solely by faith as the Scripture teaches. If it is argued that baptism is commanded by the Lord Jesus then we agree, but so is perfect love of God and neighbour. Yet if all must do the latter to be saved, then all are certainly lost.

This is explicit in the same council:

If anyone says that after the reception of grace of justification the guilt is so remitted and the debt of eternal punishment so blotted out…and that no debt of temporal punishment remains to be discharged either in this world or in purgatory before the gates of heaven can be opened, let him be anathema.

Sixth Session, Canon 30

Baptism does not regenerate

April 25, 2010

So when you go down into the water, do not think about the mere water itself, but look for the salvation which the Holy Spirit’s power bestows; for without both these things, you cannot possibly be made perfect.

(When Cornelius and his household heard Peter and believed they were baptised)  Why? So that when their souls had already been born again by faith, their bodies might share in the grace by the water of baptism.

Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechetical Lectures, lecture 3, sections 3 and 4,  quoted N.R. Needham, 2000 Years of Christ’s Power : Part 1, Grace Publications 2002, p.196


July 28, 2009

“I definitely want Brooklyn to be christened, but I don’t know into what religion yet” – David Beckham (Quoted in The Mirror)