The Holiness of Baptized Infants : A Sermon Preached in the Parish Church of Morchard Bishop, on Sunday, April 28th, 1850 (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from The Holiness of Baptized Infants: A Sermon Preached in the Parish Church of Morchard Bishop, on Sunday, April 28th, 1850 There are few passages in Scripture with which we are more familiar than with the words in the Text. They meet the ear as often as the Baptis mal Service is read; and, because they are there read, we gladly connect them with the thought that Christ is ever calling our children, - ever calling to us to bring them to Him, that the Sin of Adam, which is born with them, may be washed away in the Holy Rite ordained by Him, and of which He spake, before yet it was ordained, saying, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he can not enter into the Kingdom of God. In every house, by turns, this gladness makes itself felt. The mother forgets her pain and tra vail, in the thought that she has brought her infant to Christ in the Sacrament of Baptism. She gave him life with the stain of Sin; Christ gives him life, and washes away the stain and the Sin the Church of God receives another soul within its courts the Church that is invisible is increased by a visible addition to the number of God's children; and many of us (too many) have no thought of all this - no thought of this connection between earth and heaven - no thought of saints in heaven, who are one through Christ with saints on earth - no thought that a poor little weakly, puny, crying infant can be, by Baptism, in more close communion with God than they are, who, looking on its helplessness, think of it only as helpless, and never look upon it as holy; and yet of this there can be no doubt. The children brought unto Christ, and so baptized, although no doubt the infection of sin abides in them, yet are they in Christ, holy, pure, fit for the presence of God, and for His indwelling, fit to be received among His holiest saints and servants in heaven; and we, in the mean time, are actual sinners in His sight; some without repentance, some without faith, some without love; all standing in need of grace, all unworthy of His goodness; some, we hope, brought near to Christ, strong in faith, sincere in penitence, yet most assuredly knowing that, were it not for the mercy of God, and the merits of Christ, they, even for their own sins, would be without hepe, and would perish everlastingly. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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- 20 Jan 2018
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