Cornerstone Recap: Baptism 1
We’re now on to the Baptism. Here is the summary of our time together yesterday evening:
- What is a Sacrament?
- Instituted by God
- Pairs God’s Word with a visible, physical element
- Brings forgiveness of sins
- Is Baptism a Sacrament?
- Matthew 28:18-20 | Jesus instituted Baptism when he charged His disciples to baptize “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” These words from God plus the water show Baptism meets two of the requirements above.
- Acts 2:38 | Baptism brings forgiveness of sins to people. Looks like it’s a sacrament!
- Who should be baptized?
- Matthew 28:19 | Jesus tells us that all nations should be baptized, which we take to mean all people of all ages, not just people old enough to make a decision to follow Jesus.
- Luke 18:15-17 | Jesus had a love for babies and little children, and invited them to come to Him.
- Genesis 17:3-14 | God made a covenant with His people. He would be their God for all time. To participate in the covenant, all the males had to be circumcised. For babies, it was done on the 8th day. This was how you enjoyed the benefits of the Old Covenant.
- Colossians 2:11-14 | Paul relates the circumcision of the Old Covenant with Baptism in the New. Baptism is greater than circumcision because all people were to be baptized, not just the Israelites and not just men. Just as babies participated in the first covenant through circumcision, so too babies participate in this New Covenant through Baptism.
Here’s the audio from Baptism 1: