As Calvin observes, we are not disembodied spirits. We are not just ears to hear the Word. As those who struggle with temptations and doubts in soul and body we need the Word where we can touch it and taste it as well as hear it.
In Reformed theology Baptism is a means of grace; that is, an institution God uses to grow our faith. Yet how many Christians really see their Baptism as an important element of their Christian identity and growth?
Neither Magic nor Mirage
Calvin warned that when we study the Sacraments-whether Baptism or the Lord's Supper-we must avoid two errors. We can call these errors on the one hand, the error of magic and, on the other hand, the error of mirage (Institutes, IV. 14, 16).
Evangelicals are particularly sensitive to the danger of ...