Archive for December, 2008

Infant Baptism

December 25, 2008

It is my understanding that Scripture teaches us that both adults and children should be baptized.  Children are to be baptized if they’re brought to us for baptism by either their parents or by parental guardians.  The scripture commonly used to support this exists in Mark 10: 13-16.  This scripture is centered around Jesus explain marriage to the followers.  At this point people were bringing their children to Jesus to be touched by him.  The disciples rebuked them, in which case Jesus answered that we must receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.  Well, it obviously can be said this isn’t talking about baptism.  This is true, but with much of Jesus’ teachings they just don’t stop there.  Baptism is also referenced in Colossians 2:11-12, but it doesn’t refer to children.
What Scripture then do we have for infant baptism?
1. Infants are flesh born of flesh and as such are lost in sin. (Psalms 51:5), (John 3:5-6).
2. It is God’s will that also infants should be regenerated (Mark 10:13-16), by their being brought to Christ (Luke 18:15-17).
3. The means by which infants are brought to Christ is Baptism (Titus 3:5-6), (1 Peter 3:21), (Colossians 2:11-12)
Scripture expressly records that in the primitive Christian Church believers were baptize “with their whole house,” (1 Corinthians 1:16), (Acts 11:14, 16:15,33).  
There is the objection that infant baptism is not mentioned in the Bible directly and as such it wasn’t practiced in apostolic times.  I hold true to the theory of though that it wasn’t mentioned simply because it was self-evident that baptism of infants and children happen.  From Colossians 2:11-12 we know thatBaptism in the New Testament took the place of Circumcision. It doesn’t stop there in early times in the Old Testament there was a similar form of ceremony of washing of babies.
Not to be forgotten the Great Commission to his apostles to baptize, and thus make disciples of, all nations, an expression which ordinary includes children.
Scripture declares expressly that little children can believe, Matt 18:2-6. Mark 10:13-16, Luke 18:15-17, I John 2:13. Their faith is not considered potential faith, but actual faith or directly faith which truly apprehends the promises offered in Baptism.
It is impossible for us to conceive of direct faith in infants.  That is truly a question we all ponder at one point or time.  It matters little if we can comprehend the mysteries of faith by reason, but whether they are actually taught in Scripture.
It is clear infants can believe from Jesus’ own words; Matthew 18:6, Luke 18:15-, and 2 Timothy 3:15.
Luther has this reasoning for infant baptism:
“The baptism of infants, and the comfort we derive from it, rest upon the word: ‘Suffer little children to come unto Me and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God.’  He has spoken this, and He does not lie.  Hence it must be right and a Christian act to bring little children unto Him, which can be done in no other way than through Baptism.  For this reason it must also be certain that He blesses them and that He gives the kingdom of heaven to all who come to Him in this way; for He adds: ‘Oh such is the kingdom of God.'”
Further more we can be more certain in the faith of infants than that of adults because adults more likely will resist, while resistance is not found in little children.
One common thought I’d like to add is when we use the argument that we must do something to make the baptism possible.  While in Acts it says “repent”, is it our repentence that we give or is it the repentence that God gives us.  I would suggest folks to continue reading in Acts.  We refer to baptism as something that is man made, but in reality is something given to us by God. It is Divine, not man made.  As such through God all things are possibly and the remissions of sins in infants is also possible.  In God, all things are possible.  As I continue my research on this topic I will also revisit this blog and make changes accordingly.
God’s Blessings…

First One

December 25, 2008

Well, I created this account quite some time ago.  However, due to school and church responsibilities I simply haven’t had time to sit down write a blog and post it.  However, I will follow with one on infant baptism.  I do want to go ahead and say Merry Christmas to all in the world.  Especially, those who know Jesus is the reason for the season.  That our Lord God loved us so much that he sacrificed his own Son to save us from ourselves.  I’m in amazement how much the world has changed over the years.  I truly remember the days when Christmas meant preparing for church children’s program and tons of memorization.  However, today that isn’t the case with kids in most churches.  Parents have left their faith behind the traditions of yesterday for superficial holiday events.  What happen to Christmas Eve surrounded by family and friends as we watch a production of the birth of Christ.

Never before has the scene of Mary and Joseph having no room at the inn meant so much in our current economic climate.  We remember Advent has being the beginning of the church year and the preparation for Christ’s birth, but also of his second coming.  However, more so this year than most with so many people out of work and depending on their fellow man for a helping hand.  Now we can finally relate to Joseph and Mary being turned away countless times and finally finding a kind spirit who provided shelter in simplest of places, a manager.
See the correlation to our relationship with God.  It doesn’t have to be this fantastic or elaborate production, but something so simple as believing in our hearts and turning away from our sins.  Not so easy to do in the Post-Modern world we live in today where we rationalize how God’s laws effect our lives.
Again, I wish everyone in the world a very Merry Christmas.  To those that don’t know Christ, my prayer is that you let the God deliver you to one of his followers so they can share the Gospel with you.  To those who know that Jesus is Lord and struggle daily to live up to God’s expectations.  I pray that God continue to work in use, deliver us, guide us, and strengthen our faith in him so that we can continue the marching orders set forth in the Great Commission.
Peace on Earth and Good Will towards men…

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