Hesselink on Baptism

follow-meThis coming Sunday we will be baptizing baby Silas. As we consider this sacrament of the Christian faith, I offer this quote from Reformed Theologian John Hesselink. It speaks to the lens of covenant that we believe the sacraments should be view through, of God being the initiator of love and relationship.

“The baptism of a child, in the context of God’s covenant of grace, is one of the most striking illustrations of this grace. The objection of opponents to infant baptism is that the child does nothing. Precisely! Both the present state and future fate of that child depend not so much on the child’s or parents’ faith and fidelity (though they cannot be discounted) as on God’s sovereign grace. ‘The gospel begins with the foolishness of baptism,’ for ‘the baptism of a helpless child is the most dramatic and precious symbol of God’s freely given grace.'” ~ I. John Hesselink (On Being Reformed, p. 91)

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