|Question||What is baptism?|
|Answer||Baptism is an ordinance of the New Testament instituted by Jesus Christ, to be unto the party baptized a sign of his fellowship with him, in his death, burial, and resurrection; of his being ingrafted into him;1 of remission of sins;2 and of his giving up himself unto God through Jesus Christ, to live and walk in newness of life.3|
The Baptist Catechism Set to Music
Benjamin Beddome’s Exposition
Doth the scripture speak of a baptism with the Ghost?
He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost,
And was this accomplished?
They were filled with the Holy Ghost,
Doth it also speak of a baptism of sufferings?
Are ye able to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?
And was Christ indeed eminently baptized therewith?
I am come into the deep waters where the floods overflow me,
But is there besides these a baptism with water?
I baptize you with water,
Did the Jews baptize before John?
For they ask why baptizest thou, if thou be not the Christ, nor Elias?
Did John’s baptism introduce the gospel dispensation?
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ —John did baptize,
Mark 1:1, 4
And had it a reference to a Saviour shortly to come?
He said, that they should believe on him, which should come after him, that is on Christ Jesus,
Was John sent of God, to baptize?
He that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me,
Did the people receive his baptism as from God?
They justified God, being baptized with the baptism of
And was John’s baptism the same for substance as that of Christ?
For Jesus baptized, and John also was baptizing,
Was Christ himself baptized?
Then cometh Jesus unto John to be baptized of him,
Did he thereby confer an honour upon this ordinance?
For there came a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased,
And is this a powerful engagement upon us to submit to it?
For thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness,
Is water baptism a sign of our fellowship with Christ?
For as many as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ,
Is it a sign of our fellowship with him in his death?
We are baptized into his death,
And in his burial?
We are buried with him in baptism,
And in his resurrection?
For we are planted together in the likeness of his resurrection,
Is this fellowship by faith?
We are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God,
Is baptism a sign of our ingrafting into Christ?
We are baptized into Jesus Christ,
And of the crucifixion of the old man?
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him,
And of the destruction of sin?
That the body of sin might be destroyed,
Doth it signify the removal of the guilt of sin?
Be baptized for the remission of sins,
And the washing away the filth of it?
Be baptized and wash away thy sins,
But is baptism of itself sufficient for any of these purposes?
For it is the blood of Christ that cleanseth us from all sin,
1 John 1:7
Is baptism an engagement to yield ourselves unto God?
Yield yourselves unto God as those that are alive from the dead,
And to live in brotherly love?
For we are baptized into one body,
1 Corinthians 12:13
And to walk in newness of life?
We also should walk in newness of life,
And was it designed to be a standing ordinance in the church of Christ?
To the end of the world,
The Westminster Larger Catechism
|Question||What is Baptism?|
|Answer||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,1 to be a sign and seal of ingrafting into himself,2 of remission of sins by his blood,3 and regeneration by his Spirit;4 of adoption,5 and resurrection unto everlasting life;6 and whereby the parties baptized are solemnly admitted into the visible church,7 and enter into an open and professed engagement to be wholly and only the Lord's.8|