Covenant Baptism

Posted by on Aug 31, 2008 in Rev. Serven

Text: Acts 2:37-39

The Lord Jesus Christ taught His disciples that there were only two Sacraments in the Bible—the Lord’s Supper and Baptism. Consider what the Westminster Confession of Faith (Larger Catechism) says about baptism,

    Q. #165 – What is Baptism?
    A. Baptism is a sacrament of the New Testament, wherein Christ hath ordained the washing with water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, to be a sign and seal of ingrafting into himself, of remission of sins by his blood, and regeneration by his Spirit; of adoption, and resurrection unto everlasting life; and whereby the parties baptized are solemnly admitted into the visible church, and enter into an open and professed engagement to be wholly and only the Lord’s.

    Q. #166 – Unto whom is baptism to be administered?

    A. Baptism is not to be administered to any that are out of the visible church, and so strangers from the covenant of promise, till they profess their faith in Christ, and obedience of him, but infants descending from parents, either both, or but one of them, professing faith in Christ, and obedience to him, are in that respect within the covenant, and to be baptized.

These are precious truths that should be measured by Scripture and treasured when we see that they have the ring of truth.

Baptism is not only an external symbol of the forgiveness of sins and our identification with Christ, it is an internal impetus to each and every recipient for spiritual rebirth, life-long repentance, and daily renewal.

Additional verses for study: Genesis 17:7, 9-10, Genesis 18:19, Psalm 78:3-8, Psalm 103:17-18, Psalm 112:1-2, Luke 18:15-16, Acts 16:15, 33, 1 Corinthians 7:14, Colossians 2:11-12, Titus 3:5-7