Calvin on the Validity of “Romish” Baptism

On the other hand, Christian baptism can (and should) be administered optimally — that is, in the best possible circumstances.   Those who profess Christ as their Saviour, and their children, should be baptized only once – and in the best possible way.   This, of course, would mean seeking  to receive unrepeatable baptism from godly and knowledgeable and male Presbyterian Ministers of the Word and Sacraments.

Baptism into the Name of the Triune God

“God Triune, at the beginning, created the heavens and the earth.”  In this very first verse of God’s Holy Word, Genesis 1:1, the word “God” translates the Hebrew word ’Elohiym.   That is a plural word, meaning: (not one nor two but) three or more. 

Now numerically, this would imply three or more Gods.   Yet the word is used here — together with the singular verb bara’.    That verb means "He did create."    (It doesn’t mean "They did create"; which would require the plural verb baru’).    So, thus far, the right rendition of Genesis 1:1, is: “God Triune…[He singular] created….”

What that three-in-one God created, is said to be two "Heavens" (the dual Shamayiym) and one "Earth" (the singular ’Arets).   That totals one three-in-one universe, alias a "tri-universe" created by "God Triune."   Indeed, this is what one should expect such a Triune God to create.

God Triune Himself has never changed.  From eternity, God the Father and the Son and the Spirit has always been an un-begun and a never-ending Harmony — Jehovah ’Elohiym.   Genesis 1:1f ; 2:4f ; Exodus 3:14f ; 6:3; Isaiah 6:3; 11:2; 63:7-10; Malachi 3:6; Matthew 28:19; John 17:1-5; Hebrews 9:14; Revelation 1:4-6; 4:2-8; 5:6f ; 22:16-19f.

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God Triune, at the beginning, created the tri-universe (two-Heavens-and-one-Earth). Genesis 1:1f. The first Heaven is the air surrounding our Earth, and an integral part thereof (Genesis 1:6).   The second Heaven is outer space, and the third Heaven is the dwelling-place of God’s good angels (Second Corinthians 12:2).  

All three, like the Three Persons within God Triune Himself, overlap and interpenetrate one another -which is what one would expect creatures of God Triune to do.   Indeed, this is what Van Til meant by “the one and the many.”   First Corinthians 12:12-20.   So, then: “God Triune, at the beginning, created the tri-universe.”   Genesis 1:1. 

"’Ashrey" or triunely “blessed” is the man of God in Psalm 1:1f.     Also the Trinitarian Solomon exclaimed in Proverbs 22:20, "Have I not written to you excellent things?"   These English words "excellent things" translate the original Hebrew shalishom — meaning "thrice" or "in a threefold way" (cf. too the B.C. 270 Septuagint translation' s trissoos).   Indeed, Ecclesiastes 4:12 adds that "the three-fold cord" — Hebrew ha-me-shalash (and the LXX' s to en-tri-ton) — "is hard to break."   So: "Fear the Triune God (Ha-’Elohiym), and keep His Commandments!…    For the Triune God (Ha’Elohiym) shall bring every work into judgment!"   Ecclesiastes 12:13f.

In the Great Commission, Jehovah-Jesus commands that the children of Jehovah ’Elohiym  be baptized into His Name – the Triune Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19.   At the very end of the Bible (Revelation 22:1-17), one reads that the pure river of water of life “keeps on proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb….   Blessed are they that keep on doing His Commandments, so that they may have right to the tree of life….   I Jesus…am the Root….  And the Spirit and the bride keep on saying ' Let him who is thirsty, come!' ”

So all praise to God, the uni-plural ’Elohiym!    Everything is from Him, through Him, and unto Him.   He created all; and for His pleasure they are; and were created.   Genesis 1:1f ; Romans 11:36; Revelation 4:11.

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