On Covenant Baptism

With regards to baptism, modern evangelicalism has disconnected from its historical Church roots and from Scripture. Baptism is more often considered an individualistic profession and confession of saving faith in Jesus. That was not so until the past 300 hundred years or so with the increased influence of the Anabaptist in America. Rather, historically and biblically, baptism is a sacrament of the Church and covenantal in nature as the act of baptism conveys to the person the physical and spiritual sign of God’s covenant with His people, including the individual being baptized. The first sign of the covenant was circumcision, to be performed on all male children on the eighth day. Genesis 17: 9 And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. Texas Tech Red Raiders Jerseys 10 This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised; 11 and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you. 12 He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male child in your generations, he who is born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not your descendant. 13 He who is born in your house and he who is bought with your money must be circumcised, and My covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. 14 And the uncircumcised male child, who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.” Two points of importance in this passage. First, circumcision was performed on the eighth day without the child’s acknowledgement or consent. It was a confession and profession of the parents, not the child. Second, verse 14 puts the curse of uncircumcision upon the child not the parents. The child has broken God’s covenant and is therefore cut off from the community. Nike Mercurial homme At Colossians 2, Paul makes a connection between the old sign (circumcision) and the new sign of the covenant, baptism: 11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. To further illustrate the covenantal nature of baptism, when individuals were witnessed to and believed it is recorded that them and their households were saved and baptized. Acts 11:14 who will tell you words by which you and all your household will be saved.’ Acts 16:15 And when she and her household were baptized… Acts 16: 31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16: 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. 34 Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household. Acts 18: 8 Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized. As important as it is to understand what the author of Acts did say, it is important to understand what he did not say. Nike Air Odyssey As far as believing and households and baptizing, there were no qualifications or disclaimers regarding the children. He didn’t say “including the infants” nor did he say “except for the infants.” There was no need to say anything, one way or the other, about the children because they already had a covenantal understanding. Chaussures Nike Air Jordan

This is further evidenced by Paul in his letter to the Corinthians. Nike Air Max 90 Heren wit

1 Corinthians 7:14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy. Paul is teaching the new Corinthian converts the principles of covenant and how God works not only in individuals but also within units such as the family. He says the children of just one believing spouse are holy. Not necessarily saved but definitely set apart and distinct from the children of unbelieving parents. Accordingly, reformed practice has always been to convey upon the children the sign of that distinction, baptism. We sometimes speak of bringing consistency in our faith living and physical living and how the spiritual realm speaks to and defines the physical realm and vice a versa. Notice that when a child is born into a family, the child receives the father’s name (normally) without first consulting with the child. Notice how the child instinctively knows and trust the parents for its sustenance and wellbeing. Observe what penalties are invoked against the parents if they do not feed and clothe and shelter the child. Yet spiritually, far too many Christian parents do just that to their children. Fjallraven Kanken Mini UK They forbid them taking on the name of Christ (baptism) and forbid them the spiritual food for their souls (communion). The premise is that the child should be able to articulate its faith and possess salvific belief. Adidas Superstar Heren Some parents even stand as judge to see if their child is exhibiting works of belief before allowing them to be baptized and commune. air max pas cher pour homme To deny our children the means of grace, baptism and communion, is not biblical in any sense the same way as it is not lawful to withhold food and shelter civilly. Canotta Milwaukee Bucks On the contrary, David wrote at Psalm 22:9 But You are He who took Me out of the womb; You made Me trust while on My mother’s breasts. 10 I was cast upon You from birth. From My mother’s womb You have been My God. Conversely, Psalm 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; They go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies. Adidas sklep Christian parents should exhibit Christian faith by confessing and professing on behalf of their children in the God who sovereignly assigned that particular child to their care both physically and spiritually and acknowledge their holiness. They should not place their children in the position of the wicked who go astray as soon as they are born.

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