Baptism: Mode and Recipient

Baptism: Mode and Recipient

December 17, 2017
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Baptism means dipping or washing; it is the application of water. Those who are baptized into Christ are his members, and he is their head, therefore, baptism is rightly applied to the head, by pouring or sprinkling (Ephesians 4:4-5, 15-16, 5:23, 1 Corinthians 11:3, 12:12-13, 27). Immersion should not be used to convey their part in his death, burial, and resurrection, because this belongs to the members of Christ by his headship, as the apostle Paul argues in Romans 6:3—else they would have known. And because Christ is the head of the visible church; children are under the authority of their parents; and baptism is a sign of the covenant of grace; therefore, the children of believing parents are to be baptized, as members of the visible church.

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