August 15, 2022     7:26 am
283. Week of Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity - Tuesday
Baptism - Infant baptism
          Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh.   John 3:5,6
          The widely spread Baptist sect - in fact, the entire Reformed Church, of which it is a branch - considers Baptism a mere outward ceremony, without regenerating power. And they say it is wrong to baptise little children, because so they claim, little children cannot believe.- Are the children who are born within the Christian Church to be baptised in their infancy. Yes, indeed; for they are flesh born of flesh, having inherited the sinful depravity of their parents. And very solemnly the Lord Jesus assures us of the fact that no one can enter the kingdom of God except he be born of water and the Spirit, that is to say, regenerated. And whom does Jesus command us to baptise? All nations. (Matt. 28:19) And, surely, the little children, too, are included in "all nations." And He emphasised it very particularly that the kingdom of God belongs to little children. (Mark 10:14) Hence also Baptism, which regenerates them to the kingdom of God, belongs to little children. Weren't the little children of God's people in the Old Covenant circumcised on the eighth day by divine command? And has not Baptism in the New Testament taken the place of circumcision? (Col. 2:11,12) And also little children can believe. The Holy Spirit, who in Baptism is poured out upon them, kindles faith within them though we do not understand how He does it. Jesus says of little children that they believe in Him. (Matt. 18:2-6) Thus out of the mouth of babes and sucklings the Lord has ordained strength because of His enemies. (Ps. 8:2; Matt. 21:16) And John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit already in his mother's womb, and believed in his Saviour. (Luke 1:15,44) O Christian, do not be deceived, but comfort yourself with the Baptism you have received in infancy.
          PRAYER: - Lord, help me, lest I be misled by false and fanciful doctrine. Grant me grace to comfort myself with the Baptism received in infancy to my dying hour, and through the grace obtained therein to obtain life everlasting. Amen.

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August 15, 2022     7:26 am