baptize them

infants make the best disciples.  they are humble, selfless, and hardly ever complain (unless they are hungry, or are wet, or are suffering from colic!)  this is probably why the disciples were commanded to make disciples of all infants, ‘baptizing them;’ — at least the infants of believing parents.

the abundant evidence of and clear instructions regarding infant baptism in the acts of the apostles and paul’s letters to the churches in the new testament are beyond dispute and cannot be repudiated.  it is an undeniable fact that the philippian jailer, in acts 16.33, 34, had an infant who was baptized ‘together with his whole household’ — precocious little baby believer!

infants are ‘buried with him through baptism into death, that just as christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so they also should crawl in newness of life,’ (rom.6.4, New Infant Version.)   crawl they will.  for these infants, the ‘old things have passed away; behold all things have become new,’ (2 cor.5.17.)  this is a very radical turn — vastly more consequential than a mere change of diapers!

if an infant believes, who are we to prevent it from being baptized?  it is written, ‘whoever believes and is baptized, will be saved,’ (mk.16.16.)  as the ethiopian eunuch in acts 8.36 asked philip, ‘see, here is water.  what hinders me from being baptized?’ so all believing infants — they can talk sensibly — ought to ask their pastors or parents the same question: ‘see, we have water in the bath tub, the kitchen sink, and the inflatable pool.  what hinders me from being baptized?’

water baptism seals infants as members of the new covenant community.  paul says in eph.1.13, ‘you were sealed!’  this sealing, or receiving of the sign of the covenant, ie, water baptism, had replaced circumcision, according to oblique syllogism — circumcision was the sign of the old covenant, and was exclusive to jewish baby boys — but now, baptism includes non-jews and females.  baby girls are now also entitled to baptism by virtue of their parents being believers — but they are equally entitled to be baptized, since they are already believers.

if you’re a believing infant, and you’re reading this, and your parents do not believe in infant baptism, it’s time to have a serious heart-to-heart talk with them!

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