The Theological Works Volume 8

The Theological Works Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1846 edition. Excerpt: as we do, "Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them." From whence it was supposed by some that were not able to dive into the true meaning of the words, that our Saviour here commanded that none should be baptized but such as were first taught the principles of the Christian religion; which is the greatest mistake imaginable; for our Saviour doth not speak one word of teaching before Baptism, but only after (verse 20, B1Bdammg); His meaning being only that His Apostles should go about the world and persuade all nations to forsake their former idolatries and supersti tions, and to turn Christians or the disciples of Jesus Christ; and such as were so, should be baptized. And therefore infant-baptism is so far from being forbidden, that it is expressly commanded in these words; for all disciples are here commanded to be baptized; nay, they are therefore commanded to be baptized, because disciples. And seeing all disciples are to be baptized, so are infants too, the children of believing parents; for they are disciples as well as any other, or as well as their parents themselves; for all that are in covenant with God must needs be disciples: but, that children were always esteemed in covenant with God, is plain, in that God Himself commanded the covenant should be sealed to them, as it was all along by Circumcision. But that children were disciples as well as others, our Saviour puts it out of all doubt, saying of children, " of such is M, rl1o.I4the Kingdom of God." And therefore they must needs be disciples, unless such as are not disciples can belong to the Kingdom of God, which a man must be strangely distempered in his brain before he can so much as fancy. And besides that, children, so long as...
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  • English
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