Have You Been Neglecting Your Baby?

The unbelievers did not go into the ark, neither did they put their children there. The faithless adults and their little children were not baptized but only immersed in the flood when they all perished outside the ark.15  However, both the believing Noah and all of his children were saved. They were not immersed in the flood. To the contrary, they were alI baptized inside the ark while it was being sprinkled from above by the rain from heaven.16

In a similar way, the waters of baptism from above are today to be sprinkled on believers and on their children. This action urges them all to trust and to keep on trusting in Christ, Who alone saves even them from destruction. For baptism (by sprinkling) corresponds to the rain which fell from above when Noah and his family were all safely inside the ark of the covenant. It reminded them of their salvation from the floodwaters of God's righteous judgment. Similarly, our own baptism today is a picture of our own redemption. For by grace and through faith, the sprinkling of baptism points us to the sprinkled blood of Jesus which it depicts.17

How catastrophic it would have been for Noah to have gone into the ark all alone and to have been sprinkled there all by himself, while leaving his family outside! For that would have meant the end of the human race. And how serious it is today for adult Christians to receive holy baptism only for themselves, while withholding it from their own little children!18

Now the Bible clearly teaches us that unbloody baptism replaced bloody circumcision after Christ's finished bloodshed on Calvary, so that infant circumcision too was then replaced by infant baptism.1 9

It is true that circumcision was only for males and not for females.20 For circumcision was a sign of purification from sin,21 and sin first confronted the human race through the transgression of the first woman.22 For this reason, even though saved through faith, godly females in Old Testament times could not receive the sacrament (of circumcision) until Jesus Christ, "The Seed of the woman" (promised in Eden right after the fall),23 Himself came as the Son of (wo)man and crushed the head of the serpent on Calvary.24 After that, when baptism replaced circumcision,25 the female sex too was fully acknowledged in this regard.26 For from that time onward, as people believed in "the name of Jesus, they were baptized, both men and women,"27 And in

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respect of all those "who were baptized into Christ…there is neither…male nor female."28 Accordingly, not only male but also female babies need to be baptized.29

When a Christian parent neglects to have his infant baptized, serious consequences ensue! Indeed, it is clear that every male baby of believing parents needed to be circumcised even when only "eight days old."30 For the Lord Himself declared that "any un-circumcised male (or ‘male child') who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant."31

Note how the believing parent's neglect to have the sign of God's covenant applied to own infant, was seriously detrimental to the child himself. For by that parent's neglect, the baby himself was "cut off from his people"31, cut off by his own parent's neglect, and even cut off from his own circumcised father as one of the Lord's people. Hence, God decreed that the covenantal infant "must be circumcised."31

Because baptism now replaces circumcision,19 it follows that every Christian who neglects to have his own children baptized in infancy, cuts them off from himself and from the people of God.32 What an awesome sin of omission, then, is committed by some of our dear Christian brethren who refuse baptism to their own little infants and thus despise the sacrament of the saving grace of God!

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