Is the Bible tentative on baptism? A quick search of the NT on the Greek noun “baptisma” identifies three germane texts which I have listed below. Now no one who is orthodox and Reformed argues that baptism itself does something but, and this is where adults can discern nuances, God does something through baptism.
Romans 6:4 4 Therefore we have been aburied with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was braised from the dead through the cglory of the Father, so we too might walk in dnewness of life.
Colossians 2:12 12 having been aburied with Him in baptism, in which you were also braised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who craised Him from the dead.
1 Peter 3:21 21 aCorresponding to that, baptism now saves you-- bnot the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God 1for a cgood conscience-- through dthe resurrection of Jesus Christ,
I don’t see the payout in arguing what God will not do via baptism. Why do we (in the modern Reformed tradition) feel the necessity of qualifying what God will not do (as if we know) through the rite. It seems to me, that as a paedobaptist, I am to baptize Covenant children and to trust God for the results. Whether God chooses to use the rite to save on the spot (epicletic) or not, is not for me to question. God after all, has inserted this sacrament into the very center of the Covenant people’s lives. It is not an empty sign as the Scriptures (see above) themselves teach. Appealing to prooftexts about cognate faith don’t alter the import of the three verses above as one can appeal to numerous mysterious texts that demonstrate clear paedofaith.