God maps out a plan for salvation in the scriptures. There are many denominations that profess infant baptism. Is it right, wrong, or OK? We’ll take a look at the scriptures that God uses to help clear this matter up.
The plan for salvation has key words that are used and we need to take heed of them. Those words are: 1) Hear, 2) Believe, 3) Confess, 4) Repent, 5) Baptism.
1) Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by HEARING, and HEARING the word of God.” We must have an understanding of God and what faith is. That will occur in people at different ages, but, not as infants.
2) John 8:24 says, “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not BELIEVE that I am He, you will die in your sins.” An infant dos not have the mental capability to know God and BELIEVE in Him.
3) Romans 10:10 says, “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth CONFESSION is made unto salvation.” An infant does not have the ability to believe with the heart, nor can an infant mouth a CONFESSION..
4) Luke 13:2-3 says, “And Jesus answered and said to them, Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, NO; but unless you REPENT you will all likewise perish.” Acts 2:38 says, ” REPENT, and let every one of you be BAPTIZED in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sis, and you will receive the Holy Spirit.” An infant does not know right from wrong, therefore, does not know what sin is. Not knowing what sin is, one cannot REPENT of their sins.
5) Mark 16:16 says. “He who BELIEVES and is BAPTIZED will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” An infant does not have the capability to BELIEVE or understand God.
The “PLAN FOR SALVATION” is God’s plan and is well described in the scriptures. In 2nd Timothy 2:15 and following, Paul tells us to study to show ourselves approved being able to rightly divide the word of God. That simply means that we cannot pull verses out of context and have them say what we want. We need to able to discern the WHOLE TRUTH as God would want from us.
Acts 8:26-39 tells the story of Philip and the eunuch. He taught the eunuch the truth and the way for salvation. When he was done teaching, they went down into the water and Philip baptized the eunuch.
Finally, Matthew 10:22 says, “And you will be hated by all for my names sake, But he who endures to the end will be saved.” Once the “Plan For Salvation” is taken care of, through obedience, we must live a righteous life thereafter.
Enjoy your study. Have a good day all!