Seven Biblical Principles that Call for Infant Baptism
Seven Biblical Principles that Call for Infant Baptism
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Seven Biblical Principles that Call for Infant Baptism

Last updated on 2018-06-12

About the Book

This book covers 7 principles:

1. The Old Testament says a lot about baptism

2. Our children have always been in the covenant

3. Faith and repentance have the same importance now that they had with Abraham and the sign of circumcision

4. To deny infant baptism is to deny the “everlasting” character of one of three “everlasting signs” given in the Old Testament

5. Baptism is the New Testament counterpart to circumcision

6. God treats the children of believers differently from the world

7. New Testament passages which include children in the rite of baptism

And includes 3 baptismal homilies that cover the basics of infant baptism.

Table of Contents

  • Preface: How to use this booklet
    • For introductory level reading
    • For a thorough study
    • For an in depth study
  • 1. The Old Testament says a lot about baptism; let’s not ignore it
  • 2. Our children have always been in the covenant
  • 3. Faith and repentance have the same importance now that they had with Abraham and the sign of circumcision
  • 4. To deny infant baptism is to deny the “everlasting” character of one of three “everlasting signs” given in the Old Testament
    • Passover is said to be an everlasting sign of the covenant (Exodus 12:14,17)
    • The Sabbath is said to be an everlasting or perpetual statute since it is a sign of the everlasting covenant
    • Circumcision is the third sign and seal
  • 5. Baptism is the New Testament counterpart to circumcision, and the baptized Gentile is “counted as if” circumcised (Rom. 2:26)
    • Baptism Has The Same Meaning As Circumcision
  • 6. God treats the children of believers differently from the world on many levels
  • 7. For those who insist on proof texts from the New Testament, we accommodate. There are New Testament passages which include children in the rite of baptism
    • 1 Corinthians 7:14 clearly teaches infant baptism
    • Galatians 3:26-4:1 lists those who are heirs of the Abrahamic covenant, and this list of covenant members explicitly includes as an “heir, … a child
    • Other “proof-texts”
  • Three Baptismal Homilies
    • Homily #1 - Preached 1997-11-01
    • Homily #2 - Preached 1997-09-14
    • Homily #3 - Preached 1996-11-24
  • Infant Baptism Started With Moses
  • Analysis of Colossians 2.11-12
    • Diagramatical analysis
    • Possible Interpretations of the Grammar
  • About the Author
  • Notes

About the Author

Phillip Kayser
Phillip Kayser

Phillip Kayser has degrees in education, theology, and philosophy. Ordained in 1987, he currently serves as Senior Pastor of Dominion Covenant Church, a Presbyterian (CPC) church in Omaha, Nebraska. He also serves as Professor of Ethics at Whitefield Theological Seminary and President of the Providential History Festival.

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