Circumcision and Baptism

It is important to note that circumcision and baptism are not always direct parallels, yet it is undeniable that there are several parallels between the two rites. Bill Dejong notes:

It’s obvious how the waters of baptism are a cleansing ritual. The Heidelberg Catechism (in answer 69) compares the waters of baptism to the blood of Christ which washes away our sins. But the “cutting off” of circumcision is also a means of cleansing. That the foreskin was regarded as something unclean is obvious from Paul’s equating of the removal of the foreskin with the “putting off the body of the sins of the flesh” in Colossians 2. The “flesh” is synonymous with foreskin and represents man’s need for cleansing.

Consider in this connection the Israelite leper. The “flesh” of the leper was unclean and could be cleansed in two ways. One, he could be “cut off” (Lev.14), and since the verb here is the same as in Genesis 17, this must be construed as a circumcising process. Two, he could receive a ceremonial cleansing with water, identified in Heb.9:10 as a baptism. The leper thus personifies death and impurity and thus pictures the condition of man in general. The paradigms of cleansing and purification for the leper are circumcision and baptism.


About Uri Brito

I am the Pastor of Providence Church (CREC) in Pensacola, Fl.
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4 Responses to Circumcision and Baptism

  1. Mike Bull says:

    Yes, yes, yes. But one is about the head and the other about the body. One is death; the other is resurrection. Why is this not mentioned? ; )

  2. Uri Brito says:

    How is that in any way a response to infant baptism? Yes, one is death = old world and one is resurrection = new world. No one is arguing for the continuation of circumcision….for the life of me, I just don’t see how any of these analogies do not fit perfectly with an infant baptism paradigm…everything boils down to: can infants have faith? Yes, they can. Why can you not see that…I would expect anyone from the baptist persuasion to not agree with me, but you? You have to be the most inconsistent and stubborn baptist of all time…but I still love you.

  3. ml66uk says:

    Is there a post of mine waiting to be approved? If it was rejected, then why?

  4. Mike Bull says:


    It… it… it’s… it’s the matrix structure. Can’t… can’t get … infants … into … into Step 6 …

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