Excerpt from Chapter 5 – “SHOULD INFANTS BE BAPTIZED? BIBLICAL AND HISTORICAL RATIONALE”

Published October 19, 2017

Although the New Testament does not give us explicit examples of children being baptized, it appears to be assumed and is implied for several reasons. Whole households of new believers were baptized, not only for the covenantal reasons mentioned in the previous chapter, but also because children are received into the Kingdom of God. There is no indication of controversy because the sign of the new covenant is more expansive rather than more restrictive.

Children Received into the Kingdom of God

God clearly affirms to us that our children are “a heritage from the LORD” (Ps. 127:3) and a blessing for those who fear him (Ps. 128:3–4). This heritage and blessing is that of a godly line that will also serve the LORD as part of the covenant people of God.