What is baptism? (Heidelberg 26)

In this session we start looking at baptism – what baptism represents and how it links in with the gospel. Baptism is one of the sacraments, which we started looking at last time. In that session we started to think about how the sacraments have been given to help us understand the gospel. This is exactly what baptism is about.

There are three questions in this session:

  • Q69: How does baptism signify and seal to you that the one sacrifice of Christ on the cross benefits you?
  • Q70: What does it mean to be washed with Christ’s blood and Spirit?
  • Q71: 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?

This last question gets to the heart of a sacrament: it reminds us that the spiritual cleansing from sin offered in Christ is as real as taking a bath or shower! Jesus cleanses us truly on the inside, as surely as water cleanses us on the outside.

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