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Heidelberg Catechism | Set to Rhyme & Music | Aart Blokhuis | July 28/11 |
Melody; William Knapp, 1738 (Hymn 80 BOP “Give to Our God Immortal Praise”)
Lord’s Day 26 in Song
1.) How does, Holy Baptism seal unto me?
By Christ’s total sacrifice on that cursed tree?
Christ instituted outward washing, that day,
As surely as water washed my dirt away.
2.) By His blood and Spirit, He washed me complete,
That impurities of sin my soul not defeat,
His shed blood poured out, imputes, His grace,
So that found clean I need not fear before God’s face.
3.) I’m washed in His Spirit, He, in me renewed.
Having sanctified as He promised to do,
I cling to my Lord, made dead, to sin,
And remember no more the dire strait I was in.
4.) He helps me to live a blameless new way
In Holy devotion, with His help, each day,
My re-generation, makes, me aware,
Holy Baptism proves, I abide in His care.
5.) Christ Himself has said, go tell everyone,
Baptize in the Father, the Spirit and Son.
For all those who, baptized, Me believe,
Promised not to condemn, but Sin’s burden relieve.
Copied from Book of Praise Anglo Genevan Psalter
Lord’s Day 26
- 69. Q. How does holy baptism
signify and seal to you
that the one sacrifice of Christ on the cross
A. In this way:
Christ instituted this outward washing1
and with it gave the promise that,
as surely as water washes away
the dirt from the body,
so certainly his blood and Spirit
wash away the impurity of my soul,
that is, all my sins.2
1 Mt 28:19.
2 Mt 3:11; Mk 16:16; Jn 1:33; Acts 2:38; Rom 6:3, 4; 1 Pet 3:21.
- 70. Q. What does it mean
to be washed with Christ’s blood and Spirit?
A. To be washed with Christ’s blood means
to receive forgiveness of sins from God,
because of Christ’s blood,
poured out for us
in his sacrifice on the cross.1
To be washed with his Spirit means
to be renewed by the Holy Spirit
and sanctified to be members of Christ,
so that more and more
we become dead to sin
and lead a holy and blameless life.2
1 Ezek 36:25; Zech 13:1; Eph 1:7; Heb 12:24; 1 Pet 1:2; Rev 1:5; 7:14.
2 Jn 3:5-8; Rom 6:4; 1 Cor 6:11; Col 2:11, 12.
- 71. Q. Where has Christ promised
that he will wash us with his blood and Spirit
as surely as we are washed
with the water of baptism?
A. In the institution of baptism, where he says:
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit (Mt 28:19).
Whoever believes and is baptized
will be saved,
but whoever does not believe
will be condemned (Mk 16:16).
This promise is repeated where Scripture calls baptism
the washing of regeneration and the washing away of sins
(Titus 3:5; Acts 22:16).