The outward baptism doth not save us of itself, but the inward, because outward baptism is common to the hypocrites as well as to the faithful, it comes not unto the soul, and it hath no saving power in itself. This may serve to admonish us, not to put too much trust and confidence in the outward Sacraments, or to rely thereupon, that we are baptized and partake of the Lord’s Supper, but always to seek the spiritual grace of the Sacraments.… Read More Baptism Now Saves You | William Ames
The Value and Virtue of Baptism in which: The dignity and duty of Baptism The due right of infants to Baptism And their right above that of grown persons by Baptism The degrading and destructive principles and practices of Baptism ARE Catechetically propounded, plainly preached and now published as an Antidote against all Baptism despising… Read More A Short Catechism on Baptism
Excerpted from A Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism Heidelberg Catechism Question 74. Are infants also to be baptized? Answer. Yes, for since they as well as the adult are included in the covenant and church of God; and since redemption from sin by the blood of Christ, and the Holy Ghost, the author of… Read More Objections to Infant Baptism Answered | Zacharias Ursinus
The New Testament teaches that Gentiles are now partakers in the covenants of promise (Ephesians 2:12-13) that were formerly exclusive to the nation of Israel. One of those promises is that God will be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee (Genesis 17:7); and this promise is explicitly repeated in the New… Read More A Clear and Concise Case for Infant Baptism
Many, citing Acts 19 as their proof, would deny that John the Baptist’s baptism was Christian. They conclude from that text that the Apostle Paul rebaptized men who had been baptized by John and therefore John’s baptism was not a valid New Testament baptism. However, we believe this understanding of Acts 19 is incorrect, and… Read More Was John’s Baptism Christian?
Samuel Rutherford on Infant Baptism (Part 2) The following is Chapter 14 of The Covenant of Life Opened Considerations of the Arguments from Gen. 17, Mark 10:15-16, Luke 18, Math. 19, & Rom. 11 for Infant Baptism. If God be the God of Abraham and of his seed, Gen. 17. therefore every male child shall… Read More Infant Baptism Proven from the Scriptures (2) | Samuel Rutherford
Samuel Rutherford on Infant Baptism (Part 1) Chapter 13 of The Covenant of Life Opened (published in 1655) There are two sorts of Covenanting, one external, professed, visible, conditional, another internal, real, absolute and the differences betwixt them. 2. Infants Externally in Covenant under the New Testament 3. Some Questions touching infants. Persons are two ways… Read More Infant Baptism Proven from the Scriptures
Samuel Rutherford The Covenant of Life Opened pp. 82-85 Q.5. What holiness is it that is called federal, or Covenant holiness which is in Infants? Ans. It is not so much personal holiness (though it may so be called, because the person is a Church member, separated from the world to God) as holiness of… Read More The Federal Holiness of Infants | Samuel Rutherford