Baptism is not only a sign of profession and a mark of difference, whereby Christian men are discerned from others that be not Christened, but it is also a sign of Regeneration or New-Birth, whereby, as by an instrument, they that receive baptism rightly are grafted into the Church; the promises of the forgiveness of sin, and of our adoption to be sons of God by the Holy Ghost are visibly signed and sealed; Faith is confirmed, and Grace increased by virtue of prayer unto God.
The Baptism of young children is in any wise to be retained in the Church, as most agreeable to the institution of Christ.
De BaptismoBaptismus non est tantum professionis signum ac discriminis nota qua Christiani a non Christianis discernantur, sed etiam est signum regenerationis, per quod, tanquam per instrumentum, recte baptismum suscipientes Ecclesiae inseruntur; promissiones de remissione peccatorum atque adoptione nostra in filios Dei per Spiritum Sanctum visibiliter obsignantur; fides confirmatur, et vi divinae invocationis gratia augetur. Baptismus parvulorum omnino in Ecclesia retinendus est, ut qui cum Christi institutione optime congruat.
"Except a man be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God"
"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned
"Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."
"Sacraments ordained of Christ be not only badges or tokens of Christian men's profession, but they be certain sure witnesses, and effectual signs of grace, and of God's good will towards us, by the which he doth work invisibly in us, and doth not only quicken, but also strengthen and confirm our faith in him."
"The baptism of young children is in any wise to be retained in the Church as most agreeable with the institution of Christ