The Cherch Member's Manual

The Cherch Member's Manual

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ...of no avail. It is fitting and necessary that the actions of Christ, on which the fulfilment of Scripture and the salvation of men depended, should be symbolized and their memory perpetuated by an expressive corresponding action on the part of believers, to the end of time. A certain specific and definite outward action, therefore, belongs to the nature of baptism. The thing which is essential to its validity--that which constitutes it baptism, and without which there can be no baptism--is, The Action, sincerely performed; and not the quality of the administrator, or of the liquid employed. The utility of baptism, as a public ordinance of religion, consists in its power to symbolize, and to exhibit impressively the great facts and truths in the plan of redemption by Christ; consequently if the outward form, or action, be changed, something else than baptism is substituted in its place, and it is no longer baptism. The Scriptures further teach us, respecting the nature of baptism, that it is not only symbolic of what Christ is to them, and has done for them, in his own person, but of what believers are themselves to be, and to do. As he has died for their sins, and is risen again for their justification, so they are required to be dead to sin, and to rise to a new and holy life. This they solemnly profess in baptism; and this, baptism is designed and adapted to express. Rom. 6:4; Col. 2: 12. These passages teach us that baptism symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of the believer; corresponding by an expressive emblem, to the literal death, burial, and resurrection, of the Son of God. In these two things consists its nature, as an ordinance, or positive institution, of Christ. Baptism is, then, the divinely appointed form more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123665823X
  • 9781236658234