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Turretin: Infant Baptism Proved Because Infants Belong to the Kingdom of Heaven

Turretin’s fourth argument for infant baptism is from Matthew 19:13 where the attempt is made to hand a child to Jesus ignorer for him to lay his hands on them and pray for them.

Matt. 19:13 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, 14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

The question asked from this is “Why is it right that Jesus would call children to him but that we should not call them to baptism, which is the sign of our union with him?”

If Christ has received these little ones into his arms should the Church therefore keep them away? Christ willingly, without compulsion, receives these little ones, yet the guardian of the oracles of Christ keeps those same little ones away from him. This is event of circumstances that lead to fencing the little ones from the one who first called them is a grave injustice.  (more…)

Turretin: Infant Baptism Proved by Circumcision

water 2Turretin’s third argument for infant baptism is by circumcision. He considers the similarities of circumcision and baptism and uses them as a support to the argument that baptism should be administered to children as circumcision was. The two sacraments are the same in their essence and purpose therefore the administration of both should also be the same.

In Genesis 17 God commands that circumcision was to be administered to infants. The command carries forward to the New Testament as baptism is now the covenant sign signifying what circumcision did. This is proven in the New Testament where baptism and circumcision are shown to meet at the Cross as Paul writes in Col 2:11-12

Col. 2:11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.

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The Function of Philosophy and Theology

Scott_OliphintI came across what seems like a simple question “Logic to interpret Scripture or Scripture to interpret logic?” The question on its face seems simple. The question makes some poor assumptions and therefore while simple in form, it’s simplicity exposes poor thinking. In the assumptions that are given, it poses logic against Scripture. From the questioner’s point of view, when you are interpreting one, you are therefore not using the other. I want to use their terms to illustrate the problem with the question.

When you use your logic to interpret Scripture. It is therefore by implication that Scripture therefore cannot at the same time interpret your logic. When you are using logic to interpret Scripture, what you are doing in reality, is using your thinking and rationalizing to determine if something is true or false.

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Outside the Church There is No Salvation

ImageThe church is the primary work of the holy Trinity. The product of the work that takes place in history is the church. The church is the plan of God from eternity past.

Christ is our high priest. One of the functions of being a high priest is that Christ as a mediator. Christ is interceding between two parties. The first party is God the Father. God the Father cannot be approached unless there is a mediator between him and the party who wants to come to him. To approach God the Father outside of a mediator whom He has ordained results in the judgment of God. The only mediator that God has ordained is Christ Jesus, and the only party that Jesus mediates on behalf of is the church. The church is the object of the mediatorial work of Jesus.  (more…)