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Matt. 19:14 A Faith for the Whole Family

posted May 7, 2020, 8:59 AM by Jacob Boer

"but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”

What I love about the Christian faith is that the entire family is included into it. I love how, in the Jewish Passover celebrations, the youngest child asks, “Why do we do this,” and the oldest member of the family then tells the story of how God saved Israel from slavery and brought them into the Promised Land. The entire family is included, from youngest to oldest.

Jesus reminds us of this when he tells the disciples to let the little children come to him because he accepts them as being just as important as everyone else. This is why we baptize infants, as a sign that they already belong to God’s family, that Jesus has chosen them to be his!

 

Q. Should infants also be baptized?

A. Yes. Infants as well as adults are included in God’s covenant and people, and they, no less than adults, are promised deliverance from sin through Christ’s blood and the Holy Spirit who produces faith.

Therefore, by baptism, the sign of the covenant, they too should be incorporated into the Christian church and distinguished from the children of unbelievers. This was done in the Old Testament by circumcision, which was replaced in the New Testament by baptism

 

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