Lord's Day 26

Topics: Baptism, Christ, Body, Soul, Forgiveness, Grace, Crucifixion, Blood, Holy Spirit, Sin, Regeneration

69. Q.

How does holy baptism
signify and seal to you
that the one sacrifice of Christ on the cross
benefits you?

In this way:
Christ instituted this outward washing 1
and with it gave the promise that,
as surely as water washes away
the dirt from the body,
so certainly his blood and Spirit
wash away the impurity of my soul,
that is, all my sins. 2
  • 1. Mt 28:19.
  • 2. Mt 3:11; Mk 16:16; Jn 1:33; Acts 2:38; Rom 6:3, 4; 1 Pet 3:21.
70. Q.

What does it mean
to be washed with Christ's blood and Spirit?

To be washed with Christ's blood means
to receive forgiveness of sins from God,
through grace,
because of Christ's blood,
poured out for us
in his sacrifice on the cross. 1
To be washed with his Spirit means
to be renewed by the Holy Spirit
and sanctified to be members of Christ,
so that more and more
we become dead to sin
and lead a holy and blameless life. 2
  • 1. Ezek 36:25; Zech 13:1; Eph 1:7; Heb 12:24; 1 Pet 1:2; Rev 1:5; 7:14.
  • 2. Jn 3:5-8; Rom 6:4; 1 Cor 6:11; Col 2:11, 12.
71. Q.

Where has Christ promised
that he will wash us with his blood and Spirit
as surely as we are washed
with the water of baptism?

In the institution of baptism, where he says:
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit (Mt 28:19).
Whoever believes and is baptized
will be saved,
but whoever does not believe
will be condemned (Mk 16:16).
This promise is repeated where Scripture calls baptism
the washing of rebirth and the washing away of sins
(Titus 3:5; Acts 22:16).
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