Geekin’ Out

“There have been some questions about the institution of Baptism and the distinction between the Baptisms of John the Baptist and Christ.  

“But it seems to me that these two washings can be distinguished more simply if you understand John’s Baptism as a sign of the grace that would shortly be announced in Christ, and Christ’s Baptism as a sign of the grace that had already been given, so that each Baptism signifies the same thing, except that John’s Baptism is a guarantee and seal of a grace that was soon to come, while Christ’s Baptism is a guarantee of a grace already won.”
Philip Melanchthon 
Loci Communes 1521
Translated by Christian Preus
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