• The Severe Judgment of God Devotional

    Colossians 2:11–13

    Those who do not baptize infants must view the new covenant community as one in which the children of believers take no real part before their conversion. This makes the new covenant community radically different from the old covenant community, and it also makes it hard to see how God can view the children of believers as set apart before their conversion (1 Cor. 7:14). Our views of the church and of baptism are intimately connected. View Resource

  • You and Your Offspring Devotional

    Genesis 17:1–14

    The church is not infallible, but the church is wise. We should, therefore, take its tradition and guidance seriously. In the matter of baptism, church tradition is overwhelmingly on the side of baptizing adult Christians and their infant children. This does not necessarily make the practice right, but it does put the burden of proof on those who would break with the tradition, for the church has long understood the Bible to teach infant baptism. View Resource

  • Freedom in Christ Devotional

    Galatians 5:1

    It can be easy to forget the freedom we have in Christ and let our fear that we will never serve God as precisely as He desires keep us from serving other people. We are covered with Christ’s blood and must not let such fears paralyze us. By the Spirit we can attempt great things for the Lord with the knowledge that our failures cannot destroy the kingdom and that God has provided for our forgiveness and will restore us as we turn to Him. View Resource

  • The Slavery of the Flesh Devotional

    Galatians 4:8–11

    Martin Luther writes, “Whoever then seeketh righteousness by the law, imagining that God being angry and threatening must be pacified with works, can never find so many good works as are able to quiet his conscience, but still desires more.” In addition to being bound to sin, those who try earning their justification through works are enslaved to a guilty conscience that never lets up. Only if we confess our inability to please God can we find freedom in Christ. View Resource

  • Adoption in Christ Jesus Devotional

    Galatians 4:4–5

    Augustine comments on the differences between us and Jesus: “We are sons of God through his generosity and the condescension of his mercy, whereas he is Son by nature, sharing the same divinity with the Father” (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, NT vol. 8, p. 54). We who trust in Christ alone have the right to be called children of God (John 1:12); thus, we can count on His loving provisions and discipline to make us holy. View Resource