A Display Of Sanity…

…  Scriptural y speaking.

Frank thinks I might be crazy, but I will ask this again anyway.  Does Jesus receive little children with the bare faith displayed in a confession of “I love Jesus?”

When Jesus said that the disciples should not prevent the children from coming to Him did he mean “come to me” one way here in Matthew (Mark and Luke) and in a different way “comes to me” in John 6:37?

Matt 19:13-15

Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”  15 And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.

John 6:35-40

35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.  36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe.  37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.  38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.  39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.  40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

The JFB commentary says this about the parallel account in Luke 18:

Luke 18:17
Now, is it to be conceived that all our Lord meant by this was to teach a lesson, not about children at all, but about grown people; namely, that they must become childlike if they would be capable of the kingdom of God, and for this reason they should not hinder infants from coming to Him, and therefore He took up and blessed the infants themselves?
(Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary)

Would the children and parents present at this blessing of the infants come away and thinking that their infants were not part of the kingdom?

al sends


2 responses to “A Display Of Sanity…

  1. I think that if you continue reading JF&B’s comments on this passage, that they give a fairly salient answer to the question you pose (or at least Brown does–I think he is the one who authored the section on the Gospels): “He took them up in His gracious arms, put His hands upon them and blessed them, for no conceivable reason but to show that they were thereby made capable, AS INFANTS, of the Kingdom of God. And if so, then “Can any man forbid water that these should not be baptized which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?” (Ac 10:47). But such application of the baptismal water can have no warrant here, save where the infants have been previously brought to Christ Himself for His benediction, and only as the sign and seal of that benediction.”

    Similarly, when Jesus spoke of the little children “who believe in me” (Matthew 18:6; Mark 9:42), he is using the same language as we find Paul using in Romans 3:22, that the righteousness of God is for those who believe. Our children are quite capable of faith, though it may be simple and, well, child-like–something our Lord commends in the passage in question above (Mark 10:15).



  2. If what you are saying means anything other than that you’ll defend the party line no matter what, it has to mean that you actually believe that babies are actually saved. Because that’s what you’re arguing. Say I “accept” my 8yo’s profession of faith: then I’m saying he’s converted, and saved forever. What POSSIBLE connection can that POSSIBLY have with wetting babies, UNLESS you’re arguing that they are actually saved by bloodline.

    In which case, John 1:12-13 be blasted. Among many other such texts.

    I say again: pedobaptism = the worst position EVER argued by the best people.

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