Hymnal: The Christians Duty, exhibited, in a series of Hymns #CCCXXIII (1791) Topics: Baptism First Line: When JOHN, (tho a Man) Lyrics: 1 When JOHN (tho a Man)
Believers in JORDAN, confessing their Sin.
2 The PHARISEES came,
In ABRAHAM'S Name,
For to be baptized, and lay in their Claim.
3 You Vipers, said he,
Who warn'd you to flee?
Bring forth your Repentance, that Fruits we may see.
4 And think not indeed,
You're ABRAHAM'S Seed,
And so for my BAPTISM a Right have to plead.
5 By this we may see,
Our Baptism to be
For none but Believers a Priveledge free.
6 From GALILEE came,
CHRIST JESUS by Name,
For to be baptized, and was not asham'd.
7 JOHN to him did say,
Why com'st thou to me,
When I have need to be baptized of thee?
8 Oh suffer it so,
'Tis Right we should show,
All Righteous Obedience wherever we go.
9 The Rites were perform'd,
And JESUS return'd.
The Father his Blessing sent down on his Son.
10 The Spirit of God,
Descends like a Dove;
And lights on the Sav'our in Tokens of Love.
11 By this we may see
The whole Trinity,
To honour our Baptism do jointly agree.
12 We'll not be asham'd,
Where JESUS is nam'd;
He's precious unto us, tho Sinners blaspheme.
13 We'll follow him down,
To th' Water we're bound,
Oh Sinners, see what an Example we've found.