Infant Salvation Is Consistent With God’s Attributes Of Goodness, Justice And Mercy
Second, we can rest in the assurance that the salvation of infants is in keeping with the attributes of goodness, justice and mercy God that has demonstrated throughout the course of human history. Consider all of the wonderful ways in which God is described in the Bible:
• God is good and does good. Psalm 119:68.
• The Judge of all the earth will do right. Genesis 18:25.
• Good and upright is the Lord. Psalm 25:8.
• Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 107:1.
• Praise the Lord, for He is good; sing to his name for he is gracious.
As best demonstrated in the person of Jesus Christ, God is merciful and just. In the third chapter of John, Jesus emphasizes the purpose for his own entrance into the world is to save. He says, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”
If God is loving and merciful, and if God is all-powerful then we can rest assured that He will cause children who die in infancy to enter into Heaven. The great 19th century preacher Charles Spurgeon strongly believed in the salvation of all infants because the salvation of all infants was most consistent with the demonstrated goodness and justice of God. Spurgeon preached that if God did not save all infants, “it would be clear contrary to all that we have ever read or ever believed of Him, that our faith would stagger before a revelation which should display a fact so singularly exceptional to the tenor of his other deeds.”
Charles Spurgeon, Infant Salvation (Sermon at Metropolitan Tabernacle, September 29, 1861).
In the Book of Revelation, we are given a glimpse of how we will respond to God once God brings the world, as we know it, to an end. “[God] will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Revelation 21:4. We are told that every knee will bow, and every tongue confess, that God is good. At that time, our response to finally seeing why God accomplished certain things, or allowed such things to occur, will be to praise God. We will all praise God for how He demonstrated his goodness, mercy and love in each of our lives, even through the most difficult of all human circumstances, such as the death of our infant child. We will see that God’s power and mercy was demonstrated in ways in our lives that we could never have imagined during our earthly lifetimes.
In light of this, is there any possibility whatsoever that, after a long earthly lifetime of following Jesus on earth, dying and going to Heaven, your infant children and mine were not there, singing praises to God? The Bible gives us no indication that any of us will be disappointed. Again and again throughout scripture, we see that God is a God of love, mercy and justice. Following the end of the world, we will be more enthralled with the goodness of God, not less. If you follow Jesus Christ, you serve a God who is merciful, kind and loving, both to us and to our children. We can rest assured that, because of the very nature of who God is, our infant children are saved by Jesus Christ.
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