Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Waters of Baptism and The Art of Man-Fishing

I am happy to announce that my mentoring pastor, Dan Knox, has waded into the waters of blogging. Dan is a big fly fisherman and has a true shepherd's heart, so it is quite appropriate that these two themes be brought together for his blog.

His post today picks up the theme of understanding the waters for fishing, which serve as a metaphor for thinking about the waters of baptism.
Let's begin by wading into the water, the water of infant baptism, in the hopes of catching 'little ones'. The water seems shallow enough, but many have slipped on slippery stones, even close to shore, and many 'little ones' have gotten away. Any successful trout fisherman will tell you, you must first learn to 'read the water' to learn the secrets that lie underneath the surface. . . .

Baptism no more saves our children than circumcision saved an Esau, for example. Nevertheless, the sign of the covenant testifies to us and to our children of the new covenant. Baptism is not so much what we say to God as it is God's testimony to us. It says to us that it is God alone who saves, God alone who washes and sanctifies. It is the washing of the Spirit from above, the washing that comes through the blood of Christ, that saves us.
If you want to read a simple, clear presentation of infant baptism from a Reformed perspective, then I highly recommend you read the entire post here.

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