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AN

ESSAY ON BAPTISM;

BEING

AN INQUIRY INTO

THE MEANING, FORM, AND EXTENT

OF THE

ADMINISTRATION, OF THAT ORDINANCE.

BY GREVILLE EWING,

MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL, GLASGOW.

WITH AN APPENDIX; CONTAINING A VINDICATION OF THE EXPLANATIONS IN THE AUTHOR's

GREEK GRAMMAR, AND GREEK AND ENGLISH SCRIPTURE LEXICON, ON THE SAME SUBJECT, IN A LETTER TO THE AUTHOR, FROM A LITERARY CHRISTIAN FRIEND,

SECOND EDITION, ENLARGED.

GLASGOW: Printed at the University Press, FOR WARDLAW AND CUNNINGHAME, TRONGATE, AND SOLD BY ALL THE OTHER BOOKSELLERS, GLASGOW; WAUGH & INNES,

A. BLACK, W. OLIPHANT, W. Whyte & co. OLIVER & BOYD, AND J. T. SMITH, EDINBURGH; LONGMAN, HURST, &. co. OGLE, DUNCAN. & co. AND W. BAYNES & son, LONDON.

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ESSAY ON BAPTISM.

INTRODUCTION.

The Ordinance of Baptism, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, is connected with the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It must to all nations be matter of surprise, that they, who preach to them the gospel, should so widely differ from one another, respecting the accompanying ordinance, which they are called to administer. They not only dispense it in different forms, and to different descriptions of persons ; but some of them maintain, that the rest of their brethren have not been baptized at all.

While this difference may prove detrimental to the propagation of the gospel, it perplexes the minds of the disciples of Christ. Many have become divided on this point alone, who had been previously united in the most comfortable and edifying Christian fellowship. Many churches of the saints have received from it a denomination, which appears not, as a mark of distinction, among any of the scriptural titles of the people of God.

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