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The Smalcald Articles - part 111

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Matthew 19:13–15

From the Confessions: The Smalcald Articles – part 111

Concerning the baptism of children, we hold that children should be baptized. Because they are included in the promise of redemption made through Christ, the Church should administer Baptism to them.

Pulling It Together: Jesus said the kingdom of God belongs to children. Are they part of his kingdom because of their own goodness or efforts? No more than anyone is because of personal merit. Are they included in the kingdom by virtue of age? Does original sin settle in at a later time or is it part of the human condition? What is the means of God’s grace for any such soul? Knowing that it is baptism, the Church of Christ should then, let the little children come to Jesus. His lap is open.

Prayer: Lord, help your Church receive children in your name. Amen.

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