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Thursday, October 05, 2006 AD

Today We Celebrate My Wife's First Death...

...We celebrate her first baptism. We're trying to find out the Kung Fu Master that baptised her years ago.

Here's what our church (and synod) says about Holy Baptism: "What about Holy Baptism?" (downloads PDF)

Another great source:

Q: What is Baptism?

A: Baptism is not simple water only, but it is the water comprehended in God's command and connected with God's Word.

Q: Which is that word of God?

A: Christ, our Lord, says in the last chapter of Matthew: Go ye into all the world and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

Q: What does Baptism give or profit?

A: It works forgiveness of sins, delivers from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare.

Q: Which are such words and promises of God?

A: Christ, our Lord, says in the last chapter of Mark: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Q: How can water do such great things?

A: It is not the water indeed that does them, but the word of God which is in and with the water, and faith, which trusts such word of God in the water. For without the word of God the water is simple water and no baptism. But with the word of God it is a baptism, that is, a gracious water of life and a washing of regeneration in the Holy Ghost, as St. Paul says, Titus, chapter three: By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ, our Savior, that, being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying.

Q: What does such baptizing with water signify?

A: It signifies that the old Adam in us should, by daily contrition and repentance, be drowned and die with all sins and evil lusts, and, again, a new man daily come forth and arise; who shall live before God in righteousness and purity forever.

Q: Where is this written?

A: St. Paul says Romans, chapter 6: We are buried with Christ by Baptism into death, that, like as He was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.


Finally, I can't wait to teach this to our own kids.

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5 Comments:

  • Is that last comment an allusion to something...?

    By Blogger Nick, at 10/05/2006 11:06 PM  

  • Please pass on my congrats to the late Mrs. Swede.

    By Blogger Bob Waters, at 10/06/2006 6:57 PM  

  • "Finally....", for one who usually has no problem saying what he means, this sounds like your backing into an announcement. Congratulations to you and Erika.

    By Blogger Scot K., at 10/06/2006 11:44 PM  

  • My deepest apologies.

    Clarification: We are not having a baby - at least not yet. We want very badly.

    I was trying to express my teaching instinct to any future children God gives us on the topic of Holy Baptism.

    When it comes, y'all will know it. It will be in the typical Terrible Swede manner. Something like this: Well, you know how it said: you have a boy, you have one dick to worry about; you have a girl, you have every dick to worry about.

    By Blogger The Terrible Swede, at 10/06/2006 11:59 PM  

  • Fortunately we are having a boy. That fear of having a girl and worrying about all the boys like me that made it their mission in life to chase tail is behing me... Until our second (and final) child comes along.

    By Blogger Nick, at 10/15/2006 1:45 PM  

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