"Jesus…said: ‘I thank You, O Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them to babies!’" Matthew 11:25.
"Babies cannot believe!" Thus say many Arminian Baptist Christians. However, they forget that covenantal children are said to be holy from their very conception onward. Indeed, thus says the Lord! First Corinthians 7:14.
This is why Paul reminds Timothy, the son of a Bible-reading and God-fearing mother and grandmother: "Continue in the things you have learned and have been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them! From fetushood (apo brephous), you have known the Holy Scriptures which are able to keep on making you wise unto salvation through faith in Christ Jesus." Second Timothy 1:5 & 3:14-15.
This agrees with Isaiah 59:21. There, we read: "‘This is My Covenant with them,’ says the Lord. ‘My Spirit Who is upon you, and My words which I have put into your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth nor out of the mouth of your seed nor out of the mouth of your seed’s seed,’ says the Lord, ‘from henceforth and for ever!’"
The inspired David definitively declares: "You are He Who took me out of the womb! You made me hope, when I was upon my mother’s breasts! I was dependent upon You from the womb! You are my God from my mother’s uterus!… You covered me in my mother’s womb! I will praise You!…. My substance was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret!…. Your eyes saw my substance which was still unfinished! And in Your book, all of my body-parts were written down — while they were being fashioned continually when not one of them yet existed!" Psalms 22:9-10 & 139:13-15.
"Ah," retort the Baptists. "But doesn’t Jesus say in Mark 16:16 that we must first profess our faith, before we may be baptized? And nobody is able to profess faith, until he or she is old enough to talk!"
No, that is not what Christ here teaches! What Jesus actually states there, is this: "He who keeps on believing, and who has been baptized, shall be saved; but he who does not keep on believing, shall be damned." This means that also babies, as babies, need to believe in Him, with a babylike faith — or otherwise face damnation for the sin they inherit from Adam and also for the sins they themselves commit before their birth.
Far too many Freewill Baptists and other Arminians deny Mark 16:16 applies also to infants. They misunderstand it, as if it were saying: ‘He who says he believes and who is then baptized, shall be saved; but he who does not say so, shall be damned.’ But the text really teaches that all who truly believe, whether prenatally or postnatally, shall be saved; but all who do not believe, whether prenatally or postnatally, shall be damned.
Note the context! "Go into all the World, and preach the Gospel to everyone! He who keeps on believing, having been baptized, shall be saved; but he who does not keep on believing, shall be damned!" Mark 16:16-16.
Jesus Himself has been the Son of God from all eternity past, and will remain so unto all eternity future. However, when He became the Son of man, He was first a zygote or gennoomenon. Luke 1:35. Then He became an embryo or karpos. Luke 1:42. And soon thereafter He became awhat we now call a foetus. Cf. Luke 2:5’s engkuooi.