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Part Four - the Sacrament of Baptism
Q. What is Baptism?
A. Baptism is not just plain water, but it is water contained within God's command and united with God's Word.
Q. Which Word of God is this?
A. The one which
our Lord Christ spoke in the last chapter of
Q. What does Baptism give? What good is it?
A. It gives the forgiveness of sins, redeems from death and the Devil, gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, just as God's words and promises declare.
Q. What are these words and promises of God?
A. Our Lord
Christ spoke one of them in the last chapter of
Q. How can water do such great things?
A. Water doesn't
make these things happen, of course. It is God's
Word, which is with and in the water. Because,
without God's Word, the water is plain water and
not Baptism. But with God's Word it is a Baptism,
a grace-filled water of life, a bath of new birth
in the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul said to Titus in
the third chapter:
Q. What is the meaning of such a water Baptism?
A. It means that the old Adam in us should be drowned by daily sorrow and repentance, and die with all sins and evil lusts, and, in turn, a new person daily come forth and rise from death again. He will live forever before God in righteousness and purity.
Q. Where is this written?
A. St. Paul says to the Romans in chapter six: ``We are buried with Christ through Baptism into death, so that, in the same way Christ is risen from the dead by the glory of the Father, thus also must we walk in a new life.'' (Romans 6:4)