Friday, March 19, 2010

Concerning Holy Baptism

Friday after the Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 19, 2010

The Lord be with you

"Concerning holy Baptism, St. Peter says in Acts 2:38 that it occurs for the forgiveness of sin, and in 1 Ptr. 3:21 that it makes us saved. St. Paul attests to it in Tit. 3:5 that it is a bath of rebirth and renewal of the Holy Spirit, and in Eph. 5:26 that Christ cleanses His Church through this water-bath in the Word. To this relates also the formality of the administration of this holy Sacrament; for, when the servants of Christ speak according to His command and ordinance: "I baptize you in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit," then, among other things, this indicates that God the Father takes on and takes up the baptized [person] as His dear child and heir; that Christ washes the baptized of his sin through His blood; and that the Holy Spirit desires to work the grace of rebirth and renewal in the baptized."

Johann Gerhard, A Comprehensive Explanation of Holy Baptism and the Lord's Supper (1610), translated by the Rev. Elmer Hohle

I though this was a great quote.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert

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