Have You Been Neglecting Your Baby?

His wife, Idelette, was baptized as an adult by a Baptist group in Holland, before meeting Calvin. After being genuinely won by Calvin to the Reformed faith in later life, she then joined the Presbyterian Church of Switzerland, married the Reformer, and was, of course, like Calvin himself, never rebaptized.

Calvin himself baptized their eldest child by sprinkling, in the Presbyterian and Reformed Church in Geneva. Thereafter, the baby died in early infancy. Their subsequent children died practically at birth, unbaptized but, of course, already sanctified by the precious blood of Jesus even from their godly father's loins and their faithful mother's womb.

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Before leaving the inn, then, Moses had been reconverted41 from doctrinal compromise back to the true covenantal views of his fathers.30 Now he was ready to lead God's backslidden children and their little infants, and to show them too how to serve the Lord as they ought. By instructing them to sprinkle the blood of the Passover lamb over the entrance to the homes of their whole households, Moses got the Israelites to prevent the angel of death from slaying their firstborn children when that angel slew the "unsprinkled" Egyptian children.43

Now in leading the people of God out of Egypt, Moses had all of them sprinkled under the cloud and on dry ground at the Red Sea.44 For as Paul later remarked, "our forefathers were all under the cloud, and … they all passedthrough the sea. They were all baptized into Moses…and drank the spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual Rock That accompanied them, and that Rock was Christ."45 Egyptian soldiers were not baptized but only immersed and they were all drowned to death in the Red Sea. Yet the children of Israel, both the adults and their babies

 were saved. They all passed through the Red Sea on dry land, and they all received not immersion but baptism; for they and their infants were all sprinkled from on high when "the clouds poured down water."45

However, after forty years of wandering in the wilderness, a new generation of God's people again backslid and neglected their children by allowing their babies to lapse into uncircumcision or "unbaptism",  just as Moses had previously neglected to have his own baby Eliezer circumcised in infancy. To remedy this, the uncircumcised people of God and their uncircumcised babies first had to receive circumcision as the sign of God's covenant with them.46 So too, before they went into the promised land, all of God's people probably carrying their infants in their arms, went down into the Jordan and passed through it on dry land and then came up again unimmersed out of the Jordan.47

Now this Jordan experience of all of the families of Israel47 (just like their previous baptism45 at the Red Sea)44 was a fore-shadowing of the mode and subjects of New Testament baptism.48 For even in the New Testament itself we detect a similar kind of sprinkling of believers and their infants in the teachings of John the Baptist, of Jesus Christ, and of the apostles Peter and Paul and John.

JOHN THE BAPTIST, for instance, baptized all the people of God49 (which, of course, includes even their little babies).50 But he did not baptize the Pharisees and their brood for they were not God's people.51

JESUS CHRIST, moreover, gave instructions in His Great Commission that all "nations" were to be baptized 52 in fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy that the Saviour would "sprinkle many nations."53 Never in the history of the world has there been one single nation whose infants were not regarded as its citizens from their very birth. Indeed, Jesus Himself specifically taught that the little children of believers were themselves to be regarded as Christian citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven54.  PETER, on the day of Pentecost, declared how the apostles had just been baptized with the Spirit when the Holy Ghost had been "poured out" on them like abundant showers and rains from heaven.55 Then he told his listeners too that they needed to

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