During bible study tonight we spoke about infant-baptism. This is of interest to me as we have not formerly decided to baptise Noah just yet. I'm of the reformed position that believes that because Sarah and I are members, my children will receive the blessings of the New Covenant. However, the discussion went beyond baptism and to what it actually means to receive the blessings of the covenant. Some were strongly maintaining that children do in fact receive the blessings of the covenant, but that that does not include salvation. The blessings are love, prayer, and a biblical upbringing (among other things), but definitely not salvation.
I have to admit it makes me a little confused. I don't understand how one can receive the blessings of the new covenant and not have salvation. This means they do not actually know Christ. This seems to me to be the biggest and most fundamental blessing we receive under the new covenant. However, how can children receive salvation in Christ yet fall away when they are older? That has implications that my theology does not seem to coincide with either.
Much thinking to do over this one.
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