Great Sermon! Thank you, for this message. I understand the reasons now for the early Reformers using this sacrament, "infant baptism." The point that I appreciate most is that "Eight were in the ark..." In past times in a discussion I did not know what to say when we came across the verse, "Baptism which corresponds to this..." Now I will say; "They had to be in the ark before the floods came and carried them to the place GOD had prepared for them. Now Jesus us our Ark, and our righteousness, redemption, holiness,and sanctification." I see more wisdom in infant dedication/baptism than what I see in the full, immersion baptism into repentance and in the name of Jesus. In fact I have come to see the latter to be adding to the gospel of salvation by grace through faith. I do not see it so with infant baptism now that I have heard once again the early Reformers reasons. I like the idea of children being under the Covenant of grace(in our limited view) until an age of accountability. I think if people want to be immersed it is a good thing but we have so idolized water baptism in our culture and day that we the church have needed to redefine this as a "Sacrament," and you have done this very well. Thank-you.
Grace for sinners. We also are saved and preserved by God's grace, by His revelation. What a glorious thing that God remained not silent when we were in sin, but He spoke to us and spoke about salvation!
Sola Gratia. Irresistible grace, efficacious grace. Regeneration is the work of God alone, we have no part in it. God, in His rich mercy and grace made us alive. He found no reason or merit in us, but only in Him, to do that. All our salvation is because of His grace.
Loving Father. What a great Savior and God we have - when we sin because of our flesh, He is not rejecting us, but pursuing us unto repentance and restoration! Like a loving Father to His beloved children.
Great Salvation. We are not under God's condemnation and wrath today because of Christ's death. And we are in His family, under His protection, we have His blessings and a call to live serving Him today. What a grace!