These thoughts come primarily from insights given by Jeff Meyers in lectures on the book of Acts at Cornerstone Reformed Church, March 22-23, and a follow up conversation with my pastor, Burke Shade and friend Nathan Brunaugh. These men would likely credit their insights back to the work of James Jordan.
What should a Christian’s involvement with the state be (at any level of government)? It is certainly not wrong for a Christian to enter public service and work within the system to bring about positive change. However, the Bible presents a slightly different role, that of an advisor to the king or any other authority. One that councils the leaders of the community, state, or nation in matters of justice, equity, wisdom, and righteousness in accordance with God’s law. This could even go down to the family government level, with faithful Christians counseling and advising those who comes to them with questions about their different way of life. This is the role of a prophet. Continue reading →
The New Testament gives four examples where Old Testament events or rituals are connected with baptism. Two cases are one time events in the Old Testament that are explicitly associated with baptism in the New Testament. These events will be discussed in this blog post. In both of these cases, the household(s) of the believers are included in the baptism with the parents. The other two cases are rituals involved with Israel’s purification system, which will be discussed in the next post.
The first example occurs in 1 Corinthians 10, where Paul is warning the church not to fall away in disbelief as Israel did. Continue reading →
1 Corinthians 7 provides another strong piece of evidence in favor of the children of believers belonging to the people of God. This passage states:
1 Corinthians 7:12-1412 But to the restI say, not the Lord, that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he must notdivorce her.13 And a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he consents to live with her, she must notsend her husband away.14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified throughher believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they areholy. Continue reading →
The Promise is to You and Your Children
Peter’s sermon in Acts 2 after the outpouring of the Spirit is indicative that baptism should be applied to the children of believers. I have written a far more detailed post addressing this passage, found here. Peter begins by quoting Joel 2, and by citing the outpouring of the Spirit that has started with the disciples as the explicit fulfilment of this passage. Remember Joel 2:28-29:
Joel 2:28-29 28 “It will come about after this That I will pour out My Spirit on allmankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions. 29 “Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. Continue reading →
Jesus addresses small children of the covenant extensively in Matthew 18, and briefly in Matthew 19 and the corresponding passages of Mark 10 and Luke 18. I believe these passages are critical to the debate over infant baptism.
Matthew 18:1-14 18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, 3 and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; 6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Continue reading →