“And to Forsake the World!”

The Reformed Baptism Form continues: “And to forsake the world.” As the water of the flood separated the church from condemned humanity, as the Red Sea formed a barrier between Egypt and the covenantal people, as circumcision drew the line between Israel and the nations, so baptism draws the deciding borderline between the world and the church. All those who are baptised do not ‘fit’ in the world. Earlier the world and man were one miserable whole. But baptism says, this will henceforth be different; you and the world are two separate entities.”

By B. Wielenga

(James R Hamilton, June 2018)

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