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On Covenant Baptism

Infant Baptism

Baptism is a sacrament ordained by the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a sign and seal of the inclusion of the person who is baptized in the Covenant of Grace. Teaching that we and our children are conceived and born in sin, baptism witnesses and seals unto us the removal of sins and the conferment of all the gifts of salvation through union with Christ. Baptism with water seals and signifies cleansing from sin by the blood and the Spirit of Christ, together with our death unto sin and our resurrection unto newness of life by virtue of the death and resurrection of Christ. Since these gifts of salvation are the gracious provision of the Triune God, who is pleased to claim us as His very own, we are baptized into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. And since baptized persons are called upon to assume the obligations of the Covenant, baptism summons us to renounce the devil, the world, and the flesh and to walk humbly with our God in devotion to His commandments.

 

[T]he children of the covenant are by baptism distinguished from the world and solemnly received into the visible church.

Although our young children do not yet understand these things, they are covenantally holy before baptism, and therefore are to be baptized. For the promise of the covenant is made to believers and to their seed, as God declared unto Abraham: “And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.” (Genesis 17:7) In the New Testament, no less than in the Old, the children of faithful believers, born within the church, have, by virtue of their birth, interest in the Covenant and right to the seal of it and to the outward privileges of the church. For the essence of the Covenant of Grace is the same in both the Old and New, and the grace of God for the consolation of believers is even more fully manifested in the New Testament with the coming of Christ. Moreover, our Savior admitted little children into His presence, embracing and blessing them, and saying, “…to such belongs the kingdom of God.” (Luke 18:16) So the children of the covenant are by baptism distinguished from the world and solemnly received into the visible church.

By virtue of being born of believing parents, children are, because of God’s covenant ordinance, made members of the church, but this is not sufficient to make them continue as members of the church. When they reach the age of discretion, they become subject to the covenant obligations of: faith, repentance and obedience. They then must make public confession of their faith in Christ or become covenant breakers, subject to the discipline of the church.

 


Adapted from forms used in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Church in America. You find can out more about membership at Pilgrim Community Church over here.

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