1. Baptism is an Ordinance of the New Testament,
ordained by Jesus Christ, to be unto the party Baptized, a sign of his
fellowship with him, in his death, (c)
and resurrection; of his being engrafted into him; of (d)
remission of sins; and of his (e)
giving up unto God through Jesus Christ to live and walk in newness of
c Rom. 6.3,4,5. Col. 2.12. Gal. 3.27.
2. Those who do actually professe (f)
repentance towards God, faith in, and obedience, to our Lord Jesus,
are the only proper subjects of this ordinance.
f Mar. 16.16. Act. 8.36,37.
3. The outward element to be used in this ordinance
(g) is water, wherein the party is
to be baptized, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
g Mat 28.19,20. with Act. 8.38.
4. Immersion, or dipping of the person (h)
in water, is necessary to the due administration of this ordinance.
h Mat. 3.16. Joh. 3 23.