Terminology Tuesday: Baptism

*The practice of sprinkling with, pouring on or immersing in water as an act of Christian initiation and obedience to Christ’s own command. Baptism as a Christian ordinance or sacrament is nearly universal in application throughout the Christian church, although there is great diversity in whether it is applied solely to those who consciously exercise faith in Christ (believer’s baptism) or whether it is also to be extended to the infants of Christian parents (infant baptism, or pedobaptism).

*Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki & Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 18

Today’s theological term “Baptism” is highly argued from the standpoint of the necessity of baptism for salvation, whether or not infants should be baptized or even the actual physical action such as “total immersion” or “sprinkling of water”. I personally do not believe in infant baptism however I do not see any Biblical basis to exclude the “sprinkling of water”to baptize.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Is It By Faith or Baptism That Christians Are Saved?

It seems to be a debate that just keeps circling around in Christian Debate. Is it “Faith” or is it “Baptism” that Christians are saved? Let’s define the two words; “Faith” is a Biblical word that refers to intellectual belief, or to a commitment of relational trust.“Baptism” is a Christian ordinance or sacrament using total immersion of the body in water. It is basically a ceremony or covenantal sign.

Biblically we see that regeneration is by faith;

Romans 5: 1-2 1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.

After regeneration we get baptized as an outward sign of the cleansing of a person’s sin. The blood of Christ washing the soul!

Acts 22: 16, 16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’

Baptism is NOT a requirement for salvation. It is the faith in Christ. It is a sign of a united church, and is a sign of the Covenant of Grace given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 6: 4, 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

We must be careful to not add baptism as a requirement for salvation as it is a “works”. Baptism is a circumcision of the flesh as a sign of the circumcision of the heart!

Col 2: 11-12 11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

God Bless

Brian Mason