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CFOR 101 (Fa '16) T19 - Wash in the Waters Again

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Transcript of CFOR 101 (Fa '16) T19 - Wash in the Waters Again

Part 3 Belong to His Body (fellowship)
Wash in the Waters Again (ch. 16)
Visible Words
How are baptism and the Lord’s Supper “visible words” for the church?
- God’s sacraments or covenant signs and seals are
“visible words” (Augustine)
- the sacraments serve to mark us out as the church
The Sacraments as Means of Grace
"The ordinances are not just signs and seals, but (like preaching) serve to bring God’s presence near to his people." (John Frame)
The sacraments, including baptism, “renew and strengthen our sense of being united by faith to the risen Christ . . .
a) apart from faith
Grace in the Water
1) What is Baptism?
Baptism is not just plain water, but it is the water included in God's command and combined with God's word.
Which is that word of God?
It works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare.
Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Matthew: "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." (Matt. 28:19)
2) What benefits does Baptism give?
Improve Your Baptism
- baptism marks new-covenant initiation
- it is to be applied just once
- serves as a means of joy
- becomes a rehearsing of the gospel
- becomes a means of grace
An Identity That Can Handle Either Success or Failure
(Tim Keller)
- we see with our eyes the promise of God
God addresses our mind and conscience
public reading and preaching of Scripture
all senses
the sacraments
- a sacrament
A sacrament points to and confirms a gracious promise of God to his people.
a covenant sign (reminds us of a promise)
a covenant seal (assures us of a promise)
a sacrament is an action
to sign (symbolize)
to seal (ratify)
a covenantal reality that the power and grace of God accomplished
b) through the power of the Holy Spirit by faith
c) without faith
- in faith we grow in grace
- without faith we invite judgment (1 Cor. 11:27–30)
Sources and Image Credit
All four questions and answers taken from Luther's Small Catechism; retrieved Nov. 1, 2016;
3) How can water do such great things?
4) What does such baptizing with water indicate?
It indicates that the Old Adam in us should by daily contrition and repentance be drowned and die with all sins and evil desires, and that a new man should daily emerge and arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.
Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Mark: "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned." (Mark 16:16)
Certainly not just water, but the word of God in and with the water does these things, along with the faith which trusts this word of God in the water. For without God's word the water is plain water and no Baptism. But with the word of God it is a Baptism, that is, a life-giving water, rich in grace, and a washing of the new birth in the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul says in Titus, chapter three: "He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying." (Titus 3:5-8)
Which are these words and promises of God?
Where is this written?
St. Paul writes in Romans chapter six: "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." (Rom. 6:4)
How can a believer who has been baptized improve his/her baptism?
Watching with faith the baptisms of others . . .
- renews the reality of our identity in Christ
“Watch in faith, and wash your soul again in the good news of being joined to Jesus.” (David Mathis)
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