It is wonderful to think of Jesus interacting with a child. An age partially, but not entirely educated—rather, but not very, learned, an age of transition, an age proud of its science and its talent, a fast age, can never be a childlike age.
This appears to be the best sense of the passage, and utterly ruins the whole inhuman diabolic system of what is called non-elect infants' damnation; a doctrine which must have sprung from Moloch, and can only be defended by a heart in which he dwells. No one can have had much to do with a very young child without being struck with the particular character of its trust. , the child- like ; repetition of an old lesson ( Matthew 18:3 ). I wish we could all do the same—have very few retrospects, and no dark anticipations, and no anxieties.
This is contrary to the Lord's statement that a man "must be born again" before he can see the kingdom of heaven ( ‘Of such is the Kingly Rule of Heaven’. It means simply that they should be suffered to be brought to Christ as amiable, lovely, and uncorrupted by the world; as having traits of mind resembling those among real Christians; and as themselves needing his blessing. The disciples struggled with pride and self-importance until the day of Pentecost. Then were brought unto him little children — Luke says, βρεφη, infants. KJV, Journal the Word Bible, Large Print, Bonded Leather, Brown, Red Letter Edition: Reflect, Journal, or Create Art Next to Your Favorite Verses.
But it does not appear to be the design of this passage to teach that all infants will be saved. However, from this rebuke and prohibition of the disciples, it looks plainly as if it had never been the practice of the Jews, nor of John the Baptist, nor of Christ and his disciples, to baptize infants; for had this been then in use, they would scarcely have forbid and rebuked those that brought them, since they might have thought they brought them to be baptized; but knowing of no such usage that ever obtained in that nation, neither among those that did, or did not believe in Christ, they forbad them.
They dispute about the time of entrance of a child into the world to come; some say, as soon as it is born, according to á¼¡ Î²Î±ÏÎ¹Î»ÎµÎ¯Î± Ïá¿¶Î½ Î¿á½ÏÎ±Î½á¿¶Î½ for of such is the kingdom of heaven; that is, as the Syriac renders it, "who are as these" or as the Persic version, rather paraphrasing than translating, renders it, "who have been humble as these little children": and it is as if our Lord should say, do not drive away these children from my person and presence; they are lively emblems of the proper subjects of a Gospel church state, and of such that shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: by these I may instruct and point out to you, what converted persons should be, who have a place in my church below, and expect to enter into my kingdom and glory above; that they are, or ought to be, like such children, harmless and inoffensive; free from rancour and malice, meek, modest, and humble; without pride, self-conceit, and ambitious views, and desires of grandeur and superiority. , the child- like ; repetition of an old lesson ( Matthew 18:3 ). If the faith be in proportion to the love, it will be exceedingly great.The baptism of infants is neither commanded nor allowed in the New Testament, a truth which was remarkably emphasized by events in the Anglican church in 1964, and published in the New York Times (Dec. 16,1964, p. 16) where it was reported that many distinguished vicars of that faith would no longer baptize infants, affirming that to do so was contrary to Scripture. The disciples rebuked them - That is, reproved them, or told them it was improper. To baptize infants does "deny" baptism to adults. ), but men of a child-like disposition and character, Matthew 18:3 f. The chief reason why a child's trust is so great is that it has nothing to do with the intellect: it is simply affection; it believes because it loves, and leans because it is fond. Yet Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14). They function mostly on emotion rather than reason. KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT. Matthew 19:14. ἄφετε , μὴ κωλύετε : visits of the children never unseasonable; Jesus ever delighted to look on the living emblems of the true citizen of the Kingdom of God; pleased with them for what they were naturally, and for what they signified.— τοιούτων , of such, i.e. 1 Samuel 16:7 Meaning of Man Looks at the Outward AppearanceNot only did Jesus make time to spend with children in order to bless them, he said that to them belongs the Kingdom of Heaven. Look at some of the features of the little child which we have to copy.Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Matthew 19:13-15. No contrary doctrine is taught in the sacred Scriptures. “Every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My Name’s sake, shall receive an hundred-fold, and shall inherit everlasting life.”’There was in this a gentle rebuke to the disciples themselves.
However, due to the widespread error in this area, we shall note more particularly the entire subject of infant church membership.Suffer the little children, and forbid them not, to come unto meII.