Excerpt from Manual of the North Presbyterian Church, Buffalo, N. Y: Containing a Brief History of the Church, the Form of Admission and the Doctrines and Covenant of Its Confession of Faith, the Order of Its Religious Services, &C.; And a Catalogue of Its Members
The sacrame... nt of Baptism was instituted by Jesus Christ - not only as a solemn form of admission into his visible Church - but also as a sign and a seal of the spiritual blessings which he imparts to his followers. The element of water, as used in this ordinance, is a striking symbol of our internal purification by the blood of Christ, and the in¿uence of his spirit. And the appli cation of this element, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, signifies our adoption into the family of God, and our introduction to the enjoyment of all the blessings of that covenant of grace which He has established with his people.
It is not to be administered to any who are out of the visible Church, until they profess their faith in 0111 ist and their obedience to Him but the infants of such as are members of the visible Church, are to be baptized.
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