The 39 Articles of Religion. Part sixteen: Baptism. Article XXVII. Of Baptism.
Part sixteen: Baptism
Baptism is not only a sign of profession, and mark of difference, whereby Christian men are discerned from others that be not christened, but it is also a sign of Regeneration or New-Birth, whereby, as by an instrument, they that receive Baptism rightly are grafted into the Church; the promises of the forgiveness of sin, and of our adoption to be the sons of God by the Holy Ghost, are visibly signed and sealed, Faith is confirmed, and Grace increased by virtue of prayer unto God. The Baptism of young Children is in any wise to be retained in the Church, as most agreeable with the institution of Christ.
Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, Abraham and the three angels, 1656
FransFracken II, Israelites crossing the Red Sea,
Lambert Sustris, Baptism of the Ethiopian Eunuch, circa 1645
Rembrandt, Jacob blesses Joseph’s sons, 1656
… God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ… 1 Peter 3:18-22
Hans Jordaens, Noah’s Ark, circa 1610s
“Baptism is not given us to celebrate our faith, but God’s grace. The faith may come afterwards; the grace long antedates it.” Michael Green, Baptism: Its Purpose, Practice, and power, p. 121
Michael Ancher, Infant Baptism in Skagen Church, circa 1885