?CHILDREN OF BELIEVERS
But what about the children of Believers?
In the New Testament it is adults who are immersed in water. Those two strong messages that Paul wrote, he wrote to those who could understand what he was saying.
The fact that he wrote them shows that those who desire to be immersed in water should understand what they are doing.
Some Believing Parents find themselves in a quandary about their children being immersed. It's likely to arise at a time when there's an announcement about an upcoming immersion in water event.
One thing should be first and foremost in their understanding and that is immersion has nothing to do with salvation.
Also, it is not a kind of initiation, or membership, or something to be done because it's tradition. Neither is it just the occasion to profess openly to being saved.
Believers are called to think in terms of the Word of Christ, about themselves and their children.
Some children who, for as much as they can, believe in Jesus. Usually they have been brought up having at least one believing Parent, move among Believers and have learned God's word.
Nevertheless, they have yet to possess the level of understanding, personal responsibility and accountability which repentance, faith, immersion in water, the Lord's Supper, etc, all require.
It's then they are able to process the New Covenant Kingdom understandings of both being immersed and for participating in the Lord's Supper.
Consider these examples:
The young Mary has to be the first. Her faith and understanding was acknowledged by the angel's greeting: "Rejoice, highly favoured one, the Lord is with you," Luke 1'28.
He added: "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God," Luke 1'30.
How did she find favour with God? She believed His word, the way her famous forebear, Abraham, did. And, like him, God accounted to her for righteousness.
She ready to accept the commission that was put to her and face the challenges it would bring, immediate and future, Luke 1'26-39.
Showing her trust in God her response to the angel's statement was:
"Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word".
What a wonderful example!
A Jewish couple made it very clear that their son was of age! Almost all of John chapter nine is taken up with the incident that caused them to speak out.
They were being called on by Pharisees to take parental responsibility for what he said and did after Jesus had healed him of blindness. But they refused.
They were not willing to take the consequences for the strong way their son was rebutting the Pharisees' threatening questions.
They said: "He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself"! Their son spoke for himself confidently and clearly, refusing to back down. His conduct revealed that he was of age, indeed!
Timothy is another good example. He's very much on the level of many young Believers. Paul describes him as "a certain disciple".
He was the son of a believing Jewish woman and unbelieving Greek father and he was well spoken of.
At one stage Paul called on him to be circumcised because of the Jews in that region who knew that his father was Greek (Acts 16'-1). Timothy understood Paul's concern and willingly yielded himself to it.
He had known the Scriptures from childhood which, Paul said, "... are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus," 2 Timothy 3'15.
Later, as a believing young man, he was called to be an example to all:
"Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity," 1 Timothy 4'12.
About Moses being of age, Hebrews 11'24-27 NKJV says:
"By faith Moses, when he became of age
refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,
choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God
than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,
esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt;
for he looked to the reward.
By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king;
for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible," Hebrews 11'24-27.
Although Moses may not have been as young as the healed man or Mary or Timothy when he became of age the basics are the same.
Jesus said His Called-Out Ones should teach new Believers “... to observe all things that I have commanded you ...” (Matthew 28'20).
And immersion in water and participation in the Lord's Supper are two of His commands. All Believers will agree that they be carried out with understanding, like Him.