FOURTH MEDITATION. THE REMISSION OF SINS

Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling
on the name of the Lord. — Acts xxii. 16.

Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name
of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins, and ye shall
receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is
unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar
off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. — Acts
ii. 38, 39.

The promise is to me! Blessed promise! I
am baptized for the remission of sins. Christ
has appointed this external washing with
water, adding thereunto this promise, that
I AM as certainly washed, by His blood and
Spirit, from all the pollution of my soul, that
is, from all my sins, as I am washed exter-
nally with water, by which the filthiness of
the body is commonly washed away.” (Heid. Chatechism, Ques.69.)
To be washed by the blood and spirit of Christ,
is to receive of God remission of sins,
freely, for the sake of Christ’s blood, which
He shed for us in His sacrifice upon the
cross; and also, to be renewed by the Holy
Ghost, and sanctified to be members of
Christ, that so we may more and more die
unto sin, and lead holy and unblamable
lives. (Heid.Catch., Ques. 70).

“This is the sum of the Article concern-
ing the forgiveness of sins: You believe that
the Church, which is the body of Christ, and
all her members in this life possess, not an
uncertain forgiveness that lasts but for a
time, but a certain, constant, eternal remis-
sion, not only of some but of all their sins
with which they have daily to contend, and
that there is therefore in the Church as little
condemnation as if there were no more either
sin or death, and that consequently the faith-
ful have peace with God, and thus the true
salvation.” (Olevainus).

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