Lu 18:15-17 – “And they brought unto him also INFANTS, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer LITTLE CHILDREN to come unto me, and forbid them not: for OF SUCH is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God AS A LITTLE CHILD shall in no wise enter therein”.
Several important doctrinal basic premises develop and come to light manifestly here.
INFANTS in The Greek is – (Strong’s #1025) – brephos – infant(prop. unborn) lit. or fig.: – babe (young) child, infant…
CHILDREN in The Greek is – (Strong’s #3813) – paidion – a childling (of either sex) i.e. (prop.) an infant…
Jesus is calling in THIS PARTICULAR CONTEXT, Little Children the same as an INFANT. Jesus is not referring to a YOUNG person in their YOUTH. Jesus is equating The Kingdom (Church on Earth) with the same quality as an INFANT. There is no age or “cut-off” point causing the ceasing of the “Infant/child” category. Only God knows. Conversely, there is no age or “cut-off” point causing the beginning of adulthood. Only God knows. P.B. have never tried to “be wise above that which is written.” [no age of accountability-cdd]
We also affirm that OF SUCH (Infants) is the kingdom of heaven… This affirms that Infants are of such quality that they are entitled to be members of the kingdom of heaven.
We adults should adopt this quality of life – attitude of forth-rightness as an infant (little child), through humility Mt 18:1-5), that we might be “great” in the kingdom of heaven.
2Sa 12:23 – teaches that David, after his terrible sins with Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife, was forgiven of these sins (verse 13), but that his child by her would die (v. 14). David mourned, but said “……can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me”.
David’s infant son went to heaven ! ! !
Job 21:7 – “Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power”. The term “the wicked,” grammatically is stating, even beyond just implying, that ALL wicked are embraced in this context. Job 36:14 – “They die in youth, and their life is among the unclean.”
Is Job contradicting himself ? He says the wicked live to be old, then says that they (unclean) die in their youth… Which is true ? Both. Job is not saying that INFANTS die as a wicked unclean person. The YOUTH is not an INFANT. The YOUTH may be a “non-elect,” but we do not know that presently; however God does. The YOUTH in this verse is simply a young person. Strong’s #5290 gives the Hebrew Word – no’ar – boyhood, child, youth… Re 13:8 – Infants do not worship the beast…
Re 17:8 – Infants do not wonder after the beast… It has always been, through history, the Primitive Baptist Position concerning infants that die in infancy, that they go to Heaven. Why ? Because we can find many references showing that OF SUCH – infants and little children – go to Heaven. There is no scripture that shows that such goes to Hell – Lake of Fire, when they die in infancy.
It is also the Primitive Baptist Position, that ALL ADAMIC HUMANITY, from conception forward, infants, little children, young teenagers, young adults, grown adults, middle-aged adults and old people, that they ALL are under sin in Adam – Ps 51:5; 58:3; Ec 7:20; Ro 3:9,19; 5:12,19,21; 1Co 15:22; Eph 2:1-3; 1Pe 1:23
There are many, many more verses, but in these few listed we find that: In Conception; In The Womb they are wicked; Not a single Just person upon earth; Both Jew & Gentile are under sin; All the world (of humanity) is guilty before God; All have sinned and come short of the Glory of God; By nature we are all the children of wrath; Even the seed is corruptible…
So, we conclude that there is no such thing as INFANTILE PURITY, Harmless, Undefiled, INNOCENT PURE BLOOD of Babies, nor an AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY – RESPONSIBILITY – from conception… We are ALL (infants up) dead in sins.
Well, if all infants that die in infancy go to Heaven, and they are not pure and holy, but dead in sins, HOW DO THEY GET TO HEAVEN ?
If they get to Heaven on INFANTILE PURITY, and are not sinners, then they are safe and saved without the need of a Saviour. If that be true, then there will be some in Heaven without the Saving and Redeeming Grace of Jesus Christ…
The Truth is, that all the Family of God, Infants and Adults are saved-sinners, ONLY by THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST, who redeemed them from their sins on Calvary’s Cross, once and for all – Heb 10:14…
Infants are redeemed the same as Adults, as follows: Ro 5:9; Eph 1:7; Col 1:14; Heb 9:12-14,22; 1Pe 1:18-19; Re 5:9
There is no redemption in any other, save in the Blood of Jesus Christ… All (elect) Men, Women, Children, INFANTS, are Lost in Adam, but saved in Christ Jesus’ blood!
INFANTS die. Why ? Because of sin – Ro 6:23; Jas 1:15
Notice the lesson in – Mt 18:10-14 – Jesus is teaching that a man had 100 sheep, and one was gone astray. He says that the man went to find the lost sheep, and rejoiced in his saving such.
Question: In this lesson, carefully study just exactly who that one lost sheep was… Who was the lost sheep ? Answer: Mt 18:14 – Jesus tells me it was ONE OF THESE LITTLE ONES, and He is not willing that one of these LITTLE ONES should perish.
If Jesus is not willing that a little one should perish, then I conclude that no little one will perish – Ro 9:19; 2Pe 3:9…
Jesus is not willing and no one has ever resisted His Will – Ro 9:19, but does His Will – Da 4:35…
Conclusion: All INFANTS are Adamic in Seed-Genetic Nature, and therefore are all sinners by Nature, and then also by Practice…
Yet, ALL INFANTS that die in infancy are Heaven-bound. There is NO Scripture in the NEGATIVE with reference to infants and little children with an eternal consequence; however there many POSITIVE Scriptural eternal affirmations.
Stated again Commentary: There are no scriptures that state or imply that ANY infant dying in infancy, is subject to a NEGATIVE ETERNAL consequence. Further, there are many scriptures that state and imply that ALL infants dying in infancy, are subject to a POSITIVE ETERNAL consequence.
They did NOT “INHERIT” their Actual Practiced Sins from Adam. They performed them themselves, from their INHERITED SIN-NATURE from Adam.
Why ? Because there are Scriptures that teach that OF SUCH (Infants)that go to Heaven… Lu 18:16…
There is NO Scripture that teaches that Infants die and go to Hell…
If INFANTS die, then Why ? Because of Sin, by Nature & Practice, just as is the same with Adults…
Then if INFANTS are sinners HOW DO THEY GO TO HEAVEN ?
ONLY BY THE REDEEMING BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST, the same as Adults ! ! !
There is NO Scripture concerning REDEMPTION apart from THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST. Redemption is ONLY by The Blood of Christ – Period. . . . . . . .
Again, this position has always been the Old Line Primitive Baptist’s Position Scripturally…
Now after writing all of the above, I must make a closing statement of CONCLUSION, that there will come the LAST MOMENT of TIME, that ALL THE NATURAL TIMELY RULES WILL CHANGE and END.
At the END-TIME at the 2nd Coming of Christ, ALL TIMELY RULES are suspended and superceded. 1Th 4:17 – makes this plain. There will be living on the earth elect and non-elect, both groups at all different ages, from conception to old age. None of the TIMELY RULES about Infants will be in effect at the moment of Christ’s 2nd Coming. How can this cause any delay indefinitely in Christ’s Coming? One moment before His 2nd Coming, all the TIME RULES are still in place, but at the FIRST INSTANT or MOMENT He comes, the Infant Salvation Rules are suspended. It matters NO MORE, since there will be no more time, at what age the elect or non-elect are. Only He knows which are Sheep and Goats – Mt 25:31-34.
Joh 5:28-29 does not distinguish any difference in AGE at the point of His 2nd Coming when ALL that are in the grave shall come forth – whether good or bad, elect or non-elect, sheep and goats.
Some may say, then, not ALL non elect will live to an “old age.” The RULES CHANGE but this will only be at the point of His 2nd Coming. So far as some elect or even non-elect still being in the womb, what difference does that make? Again, He knows which is which. Okay?
Someone may also say – “or else there will only be ELECT conceived before Christ returns? and at His return there will be no goats in the womb or infants who will be on his left hand?”
So, please go back and read above what I have already stated. Both non-elect and elect will be at varying ages from conception forward at His 2nd Coming, but the INFANT SALVATION RULE of TIMELINESS will be suspended, over-ridden and superceded at the cataclysmic moment of His 2nd Coming, but not one instant before. He will take even those in the womb, infants, little children, teen-agers, young, middle aged, and old aged, etc., and set His Sheep on His Right Hand, but the Goats on the Left. You see, the non-elect babies still don’t die in infancy, but will change their residency, just as Elect babies don’t die in infancy, but are changed and fashioned like unto His glorious body. But the RULES HAVE CHANGED. Okay?
Finally, even all the Natural Laws of Science and Nature (Ge 8:22) – gravity, etc., will end, and be superceded, at the instantaneous moment of His Parousia – 2nd Coming, at His Appearance, even the material creation of the Universe will cease to exist – 2Pe 3:10–13. However none of this will occur until the very moment of His Arrival. The tick of the clock will continue to tick regularly, until THE LAST TICK. This is not hard for me to understand, and I hope you, the reader, is understanding my theological position, which I sincerely believe to be the truth, and have stood on this fundamental principle for most all my reasoning life, which is just the same as our old preachers preached. Okay? 1Pe 1:5 – THE LAST MOMENT OF TIME. In Much Loving Respect for The Truth,
THE TRUTH IS —
“Sin Nature” alone does not send anyone to the Eternal Lake of Fire. If that be so, then Reprobation would be true. But ACTUAL, LITERAL PRACTICED sins do, pertaining to all who were not embraced in the
Blood Covenant – Heb 13:20; Re 1:5; Eph 1:7; 2:3; Col 1:14; Ro 3:23; 5:12; 9:22; Ec 7:20.
THE TRUTH IS —
INFANTS are born-again, even while in the womb – Lu 1:41-44; Jesus confirmed such – Mt 21:16 – “Yea; have ye never read, out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?” So, that eliminates the theory of a young child reaching an “age of accountability.” Also: Mt 11:25-26.
And from Elder Cayce about Infant Salvation
INFANT SALVATION: C. H. Cayce: Now, let us say that God’s elect are all saved. Those who are not of God’s elect are not saved. Then, if all who die in infancy are saved, it necessarily follows that all who die in infancy are of the elect of God. Then the question would necessarily be, Are all those saved who die in infancy? To this we would most emphatically say, YES. Then, we say that those not of God’s elect do not die in infancy. Those who die in infancy are embraced in the number of God’s elect, and all of God’s elect are saved; hence, all that die in infancy are saved.
In Mr 10:15, the Savior says: “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” You must receive the kingdom of God just as a little child receives it, or you shall not receive it at all. If you receive the kingdom of God as a little child, and a little child misses it, then you will miss it, too. If one of the Adam’s race receives the kingdom of God, then every little child receives it. Not only is this true, but the language carries with it the very idea that a little child receives the kingdom of God—not simply that one special little child receives it, but a little child. That expression embraces every little child. It is therefore true that every one who dies in infancy is saved. (Cayce’s Editorials vol. 2, ppg 394)