God Has The Power To Save Infant Children
Since God has the freedom and power to decide who will be saved for eternity, we can be certain that God does, in fact, save children who die in infancy. In other words, in considering whether or not our children are in heaven, we should not lose sight of the fact that God has the power and authority to save whomever He wants, and God’s power is independent of any standard of authority outside of Himself. God sets the rules as to who is saved, and who is not saved. The Bible teaches that there is no authority outside of God that God must obey in making decisions as to who is going to Heaven and who is not going to Heaven.
In the Old Testament book of Exodus, Moses has several encounters with God in which Moses is able to ask questions to God about what God is doing through Moses and the nation of Israel. In one encounter, Moses asks God to show Moses God’s glory. In response, God tells Moses, “I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.” Exodus 33:19. God’s response to Moses demonstrates that God is outside any law. His glory, His divine nature, includes the ability to choose whom He will be righteous towards, and those whom He withholds mercy. Pastor John Piper says, “It is the glory of God and His essential nature mainly to dispense mercy on whomever He pleases apart from any constraint originating outside His own will. This is the essence of what it means to be God. This is His name.”
John Piper, Future Grace (Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah, 1995), 80.
Since God is not bound in any way as to who he can save, he is certainly not bound by human conceptions of who should be saved. God has the freedom to elect someone to salvation regardless of their nationality, family history, what sins they did or did not commit in their past, and the length of their lifespan. In Matthew 3, the Pharisees and Sadducees thought that they would be considered righteous in God’s eyes because of their family lineage from Abraham and their religious observance of the Mosaic law. But John the Baptist corrects them, stating that human ancestry or human action does not dictate to God who will receive God’s blessing. “Do not presume to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our father;’ for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.”
Matthew 3:9. Rather than human genealogies and the observance of human laws, it is God himself who dictates who is, and who is not, to receive God’s blessing of an eternal relationship with Him.
For parents grieving the death of an infant child, it is absolutely crucial for grieving parents to understand that no set of rules or regulations conceived by men dictate the eternal destination of our children. God’s power to save is not limited to only those children who were baptized as infants or whose parents attend a certain church or are members of a certain religious denomination. As parents, we can trust in God’s power to save, independent of what humans proscribe to be those rules for who is, and who is not, saved for all eternity.
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