Category Archives: baptism

The Church: Baptized into Christ and His Body

“The first thing that baptism points to and validates is God’s gospel. To the person being baptized, and to all who witness or experience the event, or to all who even consider the symbol, baptism testifies to tot he truth of an enduring promise which God himself made, which he continues to proclaim, and which he continues to honour: it is the promise of redemption for all who trust in Christ alone for their righteousness.” (Chad Van Dixhoorn, Confessing the Faith, p. 366).

“Baptism is most basically and universally—just as circumcision was—about the works and the righteousness of Another, and not about the righteousness of ourselves. The enduring importance of baptism rests in what it always says about God and his gospel, and not what it sometimes says about the person who is baptized.” (Chad Van Dixhoorn, Confessing the Faith, p. 367).

“As surely as Christ rose from the dead so surely shall we walk in newness of life.” (John Murray, The Epistle to the Romans, Vol. 1, p. 216).

Quotes from the Reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

What Does Your Baptism Mean?

waterlily_6947cA basic mark of being a Christian is to have received the sacrament (the sign and seal) of baptism. What does your baptism mean? It is often thought of as something that we are saying–as we receive baptism we are confessing our trust in Christ. Though that is certainly part of what baptism means, especially when an adult is being baptized, at its most basic level, baptism is not about something that we are saying or doing, but, rather, about what God is saying or doing. As you are baptized, God is, in effect, marking you as belonging to him.

In the 101 Bible Study we are looking at Romans 6 this Friday.  The inspired apostle reflects that you have been baptized into Christ, united to him in his death and resurrection. Because of that union with Christ, the believer has experienced a definitive break from the power and domain of sin.  Continue reading