Luther’s Small Catechism

by Dr. Martin Luther

Explanation of What Baptism Indicates

Explanation of What Baptism Indicates

What Baptism Indicates


What does such baptizing with water indicate?

It indicates that the Old Adam in us should by daily contrition and repentance be drowned and die with all sins and evil desires, and that a new man should daily emerge and arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.

Where is this written?

St. Paul writes in Romans chapter six: "We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." (Rom. 6:4)

The Central Thought

How do people today try to make themselves new?

Baptism embraces our entire lives as believers. It means death to all our selfishness and sin and that God is making new people out of us. 

Read Romans 6:1--14. What happened to us in Baptism? What does Baptism mean for our lives?


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