Pages 4–7 compare a doctor and a pastor.
Additional line drawings show the significant differences that exist
today between churches and denominations. These differences are most
noticeable in the official teaching in each denomination regarding
SCRIPTURE—INSTEAD OF THE CONTROVERSY OF
Multiple thousands of books have been written trying to prove or
disprove God’s miracle of Baptism. The Spirit condemns all who are
“always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth”
(2 Timothy 3:7). “A natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit
of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them
because they are spiritually appraised” (1 Corinthians 2:14–15). Good
News sweeps aside human reason and opinion and simply sets forth the key
sections of Scripture that deal with God’s teaching regarding His
miracle of Baptism, including infant Baptism.
The picture on this page is a visualization of 1 Corinthians 6:11,
where, after referencing condemned sinners, the Holy Spirit teaches:
“Such were some of you; but you were WASHED, but you were sanctified,
but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the
Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).
WHAT IS THIS PICTURE SAYING?
First, the top part of the picture shows a hand along with Noah’s Ark,
by which God saved Noah and his family, using water and His Word. In 1
Peter 3:20–21, the Holy Spirit shows how God compares Noah’s Ark to
God’s miracle of Baptism. In both cases, God uses water and His Word of
power and promise—in a miraculous way—to save people. This comparison,
set forth by the Holy Spirit, dare never be made light of nor ignored!
Second, at the center left is a visualization of John 15, where the Holy
Spirit explains that your life of sanctification can be compared to a
vineyard. Jesus is the Vine and you are the branch. God plants His
Seed/Word of faith in your heart—a Seed through which your are born
again (1 Peter 1:3, 23). As your faith sprouts and develops—after either
your miraculous infant or adult Baptism—your heavenly Father is still
completely in charge (1 Corinthians 3:7). The Holy Spirit explains this
in detail in John 15. Next, your blessed Father cultivates and prunes
you so that your faith—which He has given you as a gift (Ephesians
2:8–9)—will bear much fruit, not for you, BUT FOR HIM! (John 15:8;
Third, at the center right is a visualization of Christ’s crucifixion.
In Romans 6:3–5 the Holy Spirit explains again: Through God’s miracle of
Baptism, you are “united” to Christ. Through this miracle of being
“united” to Christ, you receive Christ’s sin-atoning death and His
JESUS SAYS: BRING YOUR Tiniest BABIES TO
Fourth, at the bottom is the newborn infant. In Luke 18:15–16, Jesus
says, “Permit the little children to come to Me, do not hinder them, for
the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Some people try to argue
that the “little children” in verse 16 does not include newborns. Wrong!
The full context shows otherwise. In verse 15, the Holy Spirit uses the
Greek word brephos, which originally means “embryo” and comes to mean
tiny infant. Thus, in the context (Luke 18:15–17), Jesus is saying to
all parents today: “Bring to Me your tiniest babies!” Then Jesus adds
this sobering statement: “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive
the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it at all” (Luke 18:17).
The point of this picture is this: When you discuss God’s gift of
Baptism—both for infants and adults—set aside all reason and human
opinions. Let the discussion be guided solely by the teaching of the
Holy Spirit through the Word: Scripture alone! Then, in the greater
context of all His Scriptural teaching, the Spirit will lead into all
Truth, especially about God’s miracle of Baptism (John 16:13).
O, Holy Spirit, especially regarding the highly controversial issue
of Baptism, lead me to “lean not on [my] own understanding” (Proverbs
3:5); rather, “Give me understanding according to Your Word” (Psalm
For further study, turn to the Bible Study on page 37,
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