The Road to Eternal Life
The Road to Eternal Life
¬ Introduction
¬ Repentance: Your First Step
¬ Follow Jesus Christ's Example of Commandment Keeping
¬ Grace, Works and Obedience
¬ Water Baptism and Laying On of Hands
¬ Should Children Be Baptized
¬ Should We Want to Be Baptized With Fire?
¬ Forgiveness of Sin
¬ Staying the Course
¬ Baptized Into a Spiritual Body
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The Road to Eternal Life
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Should Children Be Baptized

In Colossians 2:11, 12, repentance is compared with circumcision. "In him [Christ] you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism..." (NIV). The apostle Paul also said, in Romans 2:29, that circumcision is "of the heart."

Physical circumcision—the surgical removal of the male foreskin, or prepuce—demonstrated for Abraham’s descendants that they were in a covenant with God. Circumcision of the heart serves a similar purpose. When we change our way of thinking and behavior, we demonstrate our submission to God and our New Testament covenant with Him.

Even though Paul likened baptism to the practice of physical circumcision, he did not mean that children should be baptized. Jesus did bless little children, but this was quite different from baptism (Mark 10:13-16). Unlike physical circumcision, which is best performed in infancy (Genesis 17:12), baptism must wait until we are mature enough to understand repentance. The seriousness of baptism clearly makes it a decision for those who are mature.

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