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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
266                   CHURCH REVIEW.

which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is the very Christ."
It is not, however, in the addresses of Paul, which Luke was
moved to record in the Book of Acts, that we Baptism the inter-
pretation of the sacrament of Baptism we seek.  This is given
in his Epistles, and it is to these that we now invite the at-
tention of the reader.
  What is Paul's view of the ordinance of Baptism, as given
in his Epistle to the Romans?  That we might have the latest
authority as to the matter of translation, we use here, as else-'
where, the Revised version.  What Paul says in this epistle is
found in chapter sixth:  "  * * *  * Or are ye ignorant
that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus, were bap-
tized into his death?"  We were, therefore, buried with him
through baptism into death; that like as Christ was raised front
the dead, through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk
in newness of life." What is it that Paul herd says--rather.
what is it that he means to say? for, as has been wisely said
by Cecil: "The Bible is the meaning of the Bible."
  To turn our attention to what the commnentators say would
be but to listen to the babble of voices already referred to.
Nor would we be understood as referring to these wise and
holy men as babblers, in an offensive sense.  On the contrary,
we "must guard against being misunderstood," as Father Faber
was heard upon a simnilar occasion to say. The wise and holy
men who have burnt the midnight oil in giving the world their
comments upon Holy Scripture, have rendered a service, which
be it far from the writer to underrate. Rather would he pre-
fer to stand with uncovered heas in their presence.  And yet,
it is to be confessed that it is the case of many torch-bearers.
Each having lit his torch from off the one true altar, has gone his
way.  In refusing to light our torch from theirs, we simply
exercise a common right and, like them, go, if not to the altar
itself, to those who present the altar itself to the world; sim-
ply obey a command:  " * * * go ye rather to them that
sell, and buy for yourselves."
  Having thus spoken, we revert to the original question:
What is Paul's view of the ordinance of Baptism, as given in
his Epistle to the Romans? The substance of what Paul says,
and we beg the reader at once to turn and read what he says
in full (Rom. vi), is, that we who have been baptized into Jesus
Christ have been baptized into His death; that, in a sense,
we have been buried with Him, to the end that just as he arose
from death and the grave, by the glory of the Father, even
so we should be seen by our christian deportment to have
arisen from the death and grave of a past sinful life, and so
be seen to walk in the newness of a christian life. That is,
as we understand Paul to say, Baptism is the rite or sign by
which we are brought again to a life of love and good works,
after that we had been dead to God and all that is good.  Of
course, we do not hold ourselves responsible for the fact, that
this seems to tread on what is called, "baptismal regeneration."


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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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