Crumbs
October 26, 2020
279. Week of Twellfth Sunday after Trinity - Friday
Baptism - Water comprehended in God's command
          Go, therefore, and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.   Mathew 28:19
          To baptise means to wash, to wash with water. But Christian Baptism is "the washing of water by the Word." (Eph. 5:26) Dr. Luther therefore says: "Baptism is not simple water only, but it is the water comprehended in God's command and connected with God's Word." Christian Baptism has not been ordained by man, but by God. God has instituted it, God has commanded it. It is the water comprehended in God's command. The Lord said to His disciples "Go and teach all nations, baptising them." And God has united His Word with the water of Baptism. It is water connected with God's Word. The Lord said: "Baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." This Word shows what Baptism really is. We lost and condemned sinners are baptised, or washed and bathed, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. We are washed and bathed in what the Triune God reveals that He has done for us. We are washed and bathed in the grace and love of the Father, who for Christ's sake receives us as His children. We are washed and bathed in the bloody merit of the Son, who has made us righteous and good in the sight of God. We are washed and bathed in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, which kindles faith in us and makes new creatures of us. Thus Baptism brings us into the gracious communion of the Triune God.- O Christian, you are baptised! Thank God for the wondrous grace, of which He has made you a partaker through this holy Sacrament!
          PRAYER: - I thank You, Lord, Triune God, that You have delivered me from the power of darkness, and have translated me into Your Kingdom of Grace, and have made me a partaker of Your grace. Grant, O Lord that to my dying hour in true faith I may comfort myself with this holy Sacrament, and thus obtain salvation. Amen.

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