Digging Deeper

Unearthing the surpassing riches of Christ

What is a Covenant Child?

19th Century Theologian Charles Hodge – “In the sight of God parents and children are one. The former are the authorized representatives of the latter; they act for them; they contract obligations in their name. In all cases, therefore, where parents enter into covenant with God, they bring their children with them. . . .  If a man joined the commonwealth of Israel he secured for his children the benefits of the theocracy, unless they willingly renounced them. And so when a believer adopts the covenant of grace, he brings his children within that covenant, in the sense that God promises to give them, in his own good time, all the benefits of redemption, provided they do not willingly renounce their baptismal engagements.” (Charles Hodge, Systematic Theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1991), 3:555.)

The Bible declares, “For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy." (1 Corinthians 7:14).


November 13, 2012 - Posted by | Children, Christian Parenting, Church, Covenant

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