Excerpt from A Treatise on Baptism: In Which Its Nature, Subjects, and Mode of Administration Are Scripturally and Rationally Stated and Vindicated; And the Principal Arguments and Objections of Antipaedobaptist Writers Carefully Examined and Answered
Fourth - We, therefore, hasten to observe, that we do not consider Baptism, with the generality of Socinians, as a mere mode of professing the religion of Christ; nor do we, with some of them particularly look upon it as a mere ceremony of induction from Judaism or Pa ganism into the society of Christians; and, consequently, to be altogether unnecessary when conversions of this description do not occur. We do not, with such, ima gine that it might be wholly laid aside in professedly Christian nations, where such conversions do not take place.
But having, by the making of these few observations, so far cleared our way, we come now directly to consider, as we proposed. 1. The nature of Baptism, to consider what we understand by it.
And, in doing this, we state Baptism, (from the Greek Baptizo, ) to be, not only a rite or ceremony, by which persons are initiated into the profession of the Christian religion, or an appointed mode by which a person as sumes the profession of Christianity, or is admitted to a participation of the privileges belonging to the Disciples of Christ; but we state it still more f ally; to be a federal or covenant transaction, an initiation into the covenant of grace, an acceptance thereof required of us by Christ, as a visible expression and act of that faith in him, which he has made a condition of his salvationnj'
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