Saturday, April 23, 2016

Can Anyone Withhold Water?

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Remember all his wondrous deeds,
the works that he has done,
the righteous judgments of his mouth—
his miracles, each one.
 —Psalm 105:5 (tune: Azmon CM)
Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?
—Acts 10:47
And, upon this ground, I believe, it is as really the duty of Christians to baptize their children now, as ever it was the duty of the Israelites to circumcise theirs; and therefore St. Peter’s question, Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have? may very properly be applied to this case. Can anyone withhold water, that children should not be baptized, who are in covenant with the most high God as well as we? For what is it, I pray, that the right to baptism doth depend upon? Surely, not upon performing the conditions of the covenant; for then none shall be baptized, but such as are true believers in themselves, and known to be so by us, and, by consequence, none at all; it being only God’s prerogative to search their hearts, and to know the truth of that grace, which himself hath been pleased to bestow upon them. But children’s right to baptism is grounded upon the outward profession of their believing parents; so that as a king may be crowned in his cradle, not because he is able to wield the scepter, or manage the affairs of his kingdom, but because he is heir to his father: so here, children are not therefore baptized because they are able to perform the conditions of the covenant, which is sealed to them, but because they are children to believing parents. And this seems yet to be further evident, from the very nature of seals, which are not administered or annexed to any covenant, because the conditions are already performed, but rather that they may be performed; and so children are not baptized because they are already true Christians, but that they may be so hereafter.
 —Henry Beveridge
Almighty God, in baptism you have consecrated me to be a temple of your Holy Spirit. May I, whom you have counted worthy, nurture the gift of your indwelling Spirit with a lively faith, and may I worship you with a life dedicated to the teachings of your Son, Jesus Christ, my Lord...
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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