Luke

Luke 18:15-17 Infants In The Kingdom.

Some passages of scripture don’t seem to receive a lot of coverage, especially if they don’t fit in with the traditions of the church. Jesus received infants, blessing them, praying over them, and instructing His disciples to not forbid them to come to Him “for of such is the kingdom of God” (vv. 15-16 Cf. Mt. 19:13-15). Mark notes that when the disciples attempted to forbid the infants and little ones to come to Him that He was displeased (Cf. Mk. 10:13-16). Why then do churches bar infants from the two sacraments which Jesus commanded to celebrate and commemorate our union and communion with Him-in baptism and the Lord’s supper? Not only are infants not an after thought, but Jesus taught that we must receive the kingdom like little children-in humble and absolute trust (v. 17 Cf. Mt. 18:3). It seems like many in the church are as immature children in understanding when they should be as children with regard to malice (Cf. I Cor. 14:20).

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