SECTION 7. ? THE SALVATION OF INFANTS.
The views, which have been presented with regard to inborn depravity and the reaction of divine holiness against it, suggest the question whether infants dying before arriving at moral consciousness are saved, and if so, in what way. To this question we reply as follows:
(a) Infants are in a state of sin, need to be regenerated and can be saved only through Christ.
<181404> Job 14:4 ? ?Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one?;
<195105> Psalm 51:5 ? ?Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity; And in sin did my mother conceive me?; <430306>John 3:6 ? ?That which is born of the flesh is flesh?; <450514>Romans 5:14 ? ?Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the likeness of Adam?s transgression?; <490203>Ephesians 2:3 ? ?by nature children of wrath?; <460714>1 Corinthians 7:14 ? ?else were your children unclean? ? clearly intimate the naturally impure state of infants; and <401914>Matthew 19:14 ? ?Suffer the little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me? ? is not only consistent with this doctrine, but strongly confirms it; for the meaning is: ?forbid them not to come unto me? ? whom they need as Savior. ?Coming to Christ? is always the coming of a sinner, to him who is the sacrifice for sin; cf. Matthew 11-28 ?Come unto me, all ye that labor.?
(b) Yet as compared with those who have personally transgressed, they are recognized as possessed of a relative innocence and of a submissiveness and trustfulness, which may serve to illustrate the graces of Christian character.
<050139> Deuteronomy 1:39 ? ?your little ones...and your children, that this day have no knowledge of good or evil? <320411>Jonah 4:11 ? ?sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand?: <450911>Romans 9:11 ? ?for the children being not yet born, neither having done anything good or bad?; <401803>Matthew 18:3, 4 ? ?Except ye turn, and become as children, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.? See Julius Muller, Doct. Sin, 2:245. Wendt, Teaching of Jesus, 2:50 ? ?Unpretentious receptivity...not the reception of the kingdom of God at a childlike age, but in a childlike character is the condition of entering. It is
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