Editor’s Note: This is the continuation of the previous blog post.
Why couldn’t each of us have had the opportunity to make up his or her own mind? Some optimists say that a baby born has as much choice as Adam. Suppose that were true. It wouldn’t matter much. A baby still wouldn’t have a chance. The problem is still there. Everything is against it. It is surrounded by sinful people. This unity of the human race was intended for good — the fact that we are all in it together. Let us suppose now that Adam had kept the so called “covenant of works” and had resisted Satan, then you and I wouldn’t have had to undergo the test. We would have been born incapable to sin. If that was the case, no one would protest and say “I want to decide this for myself. I want to have the chance of failure.” In spite of Adam’s fall we have many advantages because Adam is our father. Suppose if one of us had to start from scratch and say “I don’t want to receive anything from my forefathers.” If we did we would be living in caves and wearing furs — if we were fortunate enough to kill an animal. Even if we lived a long life we wouldn’t ever be able to begin to invent anything, electricity and the like. No one generation would live long enough on the earth to accomplish an invention. That is in spite of all of the sin in the world. God intended that the unanimity of the human race would be the source of endless good. Satan took advantage of this wonderful society. Hence the sins of the fathers must be upon the children. Years ago if the well in your back yard was contaminated you would ask your neighbor if you could take some water from his well. Each well had an individual source. If the city water supply’s contaminated I couldn’t go next door and use their faucet for some good water, because it all comes from the same source.
Here is a wonderful thing. God always has the last word. He did in the case of Cain and Abel, and again with Eve — faith handed down. When God said, “In pain and sorrow shall you bring forth children,” he was speaking a fact, rather than a curse. It is by means of motherhood that a Savior came. The angels all fell individually and they stayed fallen — no Jesus could come because they had no children and because there is no family.
Christ could have come into the world and still no one would be saved. God has to change a heart. We have to be born twice, and here is an amazing thing: God can choose whomever he wants. He doesn’t blindfold himself and pick us at random. He works along family lines.
The form of baptism [in the Christian Reformed Church] isn’t inspired but it is inspiring. “Although our children do not understand these things, we may not therefore exclude them from baptism, since they are without their knowledge partakers of the condemnation in Adam, and so again are received unto grace in Christ; as God speaks unto Abraham, the father of all believers, and therefore also to us and our children, saying; ‘I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee throughout their their generation for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee and to thy seed after thee.’ ” (Gen. 17:7)
Lest someone say, “Oh, that is the Old Testament dispensation,” it is also in the New Testament where Peter says in Acts 2:39, “For to you is the promise, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call unto Him.”