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CHAPTER 28 - Of Baptism
is a sacrament of the New Testament, ordained by Jesus Christ, not only for the solemn admission of the party baptized into the visible Church
, but also to be unto him a sign and seal of the covenant of grace, or his ingrafting into Christ, of regeneration, of remission of sins, and of his giving up unto God
, through Jesus Christ, to walk in newness of life: which sacrament is, by Christ's own appointment, to be continued in his Church until the end of the world.
II. The outward element
to be used in the sacrament is water, wherewith the party is to be baptized in the name of the Father
, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, by a minister of the gospel, lawfully
III. Dipping of the person into the water is not necessary
; but baptism is rightly administered by pouring
or sprinkling water upon the person.
IV. Not only those that do actually profess faith
in and obedience
unto Christ, but also the infants of one or both believing parents are to be baptized.
V. Although it be a great sin to condemn
or neglect this ordinance, yet grace and salvation are not so inseparably annexed unto it as that no person can be regenerated or saved without it, or that all that are baptized are undoubtedly regenerated
VI. The efficacy of baptism is not tied to that moment of time wherein it is administered; yet, notwithstanding, by the right use of this ordinancy the grace promised is not only offered, but really exhibited and conferred by the Holy Ghost, to such (whether of age or infants) as that grace
belongeth unto, according to the counsel of God's own will, in his appointed
VII. The sacrament of Baptism is but once
to be administered to any person.
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