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The Early Church Fathers on the Sacrament of Baptism and Infant Baptism.

 

  • Early Church Fathers
  • From the Scriptures

 

 

  1. Pope St. Cornelius I, (unknown - A.D. c.253)
    St. Cyprian of Carthage, (A.D. 200-258)
    Eusebius of Cæsarea, (A.D. c.263-338)
    The Apostolic Constitutions (or Constitutions of the Holy Apostles), dated A.D.c 270
    St. James of Nisibis, (unknown-361)
    St. Athanasius of Alexandria, (A.D. 296-372)
    St. Ephrem the Syrian, (of Edessa), (A.D. 306-378)
    St. Pacian of Barcelona, (A.D. c.310-375)
    St. Hilary of Poitiers, (A.D. 315-367)
    St. Zeno of Verona, (unknown- A.D. c.383)
    St. Cyril of Jerusalem, (A.D. 315-386)
    St. Gregory of Nazianzen, (A.D. 318-389)
    St. Basil the Great, (A.D. 328-379)
    St. Epiphanius of Salamis, (A.D. 332-403)
    Pope St. Siricius, (A.D. c.334-398)
    St. Gregory of Nyssa, (A.D. c.335 - c.394)
    St. Ambrose of Milan, (A.D. 340-396)
    St. Jerome, (A.D. 342-420)
    St. John Chrysostom, (A.D. 344 - 407)
    Blessed Isaias, (lived in the 4th century)
Pope St. Cornelius I, (unknown - A.D. c.253), Pope from A.D. 251 to 253 and Martyr, elected during a lull in the persecution under Emperor Decius, his pontificate was complicated by a schism, one cause of which was the self-appointment of the Roman priest Novatian as antipope and the second, the dispute over the Church's attitude toward Christian apostates and whether those who has repudiated the Christian faith during persecution needed to be re-baptized.

As [the heretic Novatian] seemed about to die, he received baptism in the bed where he lay, by pouring. . . .

Letter to Fabius of Antioch 6:43 [A.D. 251]

St. Cyprian of Carthage, (A.D. 200-258), North African; bishop; biblical scholar, martyr.

[l]t behooves those to be baptized . . . so that they are prepared, in the lawful and true and only baptism of the holy Church, by divine regeneration, for the kingdom of God . . . because it is written "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God".

Epistles 72 [73]: 21 [A.D. 252]

As to what pertains to the case of infants: You [Fidus] said that they ought not to be baptized within the second or third day after their birth, that the old law of circumcision must be taken into consideration, and that you did not think that one should be baptized and sanctified within the eighth day after his birth. In our council it seemed to us far otherwise. No one agreed to the course which you thought should be taken. Rather, we all judge that the mercy and grace of God ought to be denied to no man born".

Letters 64:2 [A.D. 253]

In the saving sacraments, when necessity compels and when God bestows his pardon, divine benefits are bestowed fully upon believers, nor ought anyone be disturbed because the sick are poured upon or sprinkled when they receive the Lord's grace".

Letter to a Certain Magnus 69(76):12 [A.D. 254]

Eusebius of Cæsarea, (A.D. c.263-338), appointed Bishop of Cæsarea in A.D. 314, Roman historian, exegete and Christian polemicist, scholar of the Biblical canon who was deeply embroiled in the Arian controversy.

"When he (Constantine) was persuaded that the end of his life was near, he considered that it was now time for the cleansing away of whatsoever sins he had committed; being confident, that all whatsoever it had happened to him, as a mortal man, to transgress in, would be purged away from his soul by the power of the ineffable words, and the saving laver."

De Vita Constant. l. iv. c. 61.
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"He hath brought me up, on the water of rest. {Psalm 22) When the whole burden of sins has been laid aside by means of the laver of regeneration, and of the renewal of the Holy Ghost, one may say, "He hath brought me up on the water of rest." For that is truly the water of rest, by means of which one has cast aside the heavy and laborious load of iniquities which weighs upon the soul, and has purged away every spot of filth and stain, and undone the complicated fetters; and, filled with joy at all this, he exclaims, "Thou hast brought me up, on the water of refreshment" (Psalm 22:2)

Comm. in Ps. xxii. t. i. p. 87, Nov. Collect.
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The Apostolic Constitutions (or Constitutions of the Holy Apostles), dated A.D.c 270, is a Christian collection of eight treatises which belongs to genre of the Church Orders.

"He that says, when I am dying, I will be baptized, lest I may sin, and defile my baptism, such a one knows not God, and is forgetful of His nature.

Delay not to be converted to the Lord, for thou doesn't know what the next day will bring forth. But baptize your little children, and nourish them in the discipline and correction of God; for He says, "Let the little children come unto me, and forbid them not."

L. vi. c. xv.
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St. James of Nisibis, (unknown-361), bishop of Nisibis in Mesopotamia, was present at the council of Nicaea, and died about the year 361. We have his life by Theodoret of Cyrus. A. Antonelli published eighteen sermons by this saint at Rome in 1756.

Explaining Isaiah 1:16,18:

16 Wash yourselves, be clean, take away the evil of your devices from my eyes: cease to do perversely, . . . 18 And then come, and accuse me, saith the Lord: if your sins be as scarlet, they shall be made as white as snow: and if they be red as crimson, they shall be white as wool.

"How shall they be cleansed, unless they be washed in the waters of the laver of baptism, and receive the body and blood of Christ? Blood is expiated with blood; the body is cleansed by the body; and sins are washed away by water."

Serm. iv. De Orat.; Galland. t. v. p. xxxii.
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"Grieve not the Holy Spirit, wherein ye were baptized in the day of expiation." (Ephesians 4); in that in baptism we receive the Holy Spirit; for at once, when the priests invoke the Spirit, He opens the heavens, and descends, and is borne upon the waters; and they who are baptized are clothed with the Spirit. For from human generation the Spirit is far aloof; but when men come to the generation by water, then do they receive the Spirit. In the first generation there is begotten and established within man a natural spirit, and hence mortality; but in the second generation of baptism, men receive the Holy Spirit from the divinity itself, and there is then no mortality: for when man dies, he is buried together with what he received from nature, and all feeling is taken from him, but the heavenly Spirit which he has received departs to its origin, even Christ."

Serm. vi. De Devotis, p. xlix. 1.
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St. Athanasius of Alexandria, (A.D. 296-372), Egyptian; bishop, theologian, and Doctor of the Church. He was present, as an assistant to St. Alexander of Alexandria, at the council of Nicea who he succeeded in A.D. 326. During more than forty years he was the champion of orthodoxy, and suffered much severe persecution from the Arian party.

4 For it is impossible for those who were once illuminated, have tasted also the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost.

"The words of the Epistle to the Hebrews (6:4) do not exclude sinners from repentance, but demonstrate that there is but one, and no second, baptism in the Catholic Church. . . . Neither does he say, "It is impossible to repent", but, "It is impossible for us to be renewed by means of penitence," which is a very different thing. For he who repents ceases indeed from sinning, but he still has on him the scars of his wounds; whereas he who is baptized, puts off the old man, being born again by the grace of the Spirit."

Ep. iv. ad Serap. n. 13, t. i. part ii. p. 563.
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"He shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 3:2) This signifies that He will cleanse you; seeing that the baptism of John cannot do this; but this, the baptism of Christ can, who also [through His priesthood] has power to remit sins."

Comm. in Matthew t. ii. p. 27, Nova Collect. Patr. Graec.
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St. Ephrem the Syrian, (of Edessa), (A.D. 306-378), Syrian; born in Nisebis, deacon, hymnist, poet. His works were even during his own lifetime almost all translated into Greek, and were, as St. Jerome informs us, held in such high estimation, as to be read in some churches after the Holy Scriptures. We have his life by St. Gregory of Nyssa.

"I know that the multitude of His mercies surpasses the multitude of my transgressions. I know that He, when amongst us, showed mercy to all; and I confess that He has vouchsafed, in baptism, remission of sins; for I also have partaken of this grace; but I still stand in need of a cure for sins after baptism. But He that raised the dead is not without power to heal me. I have become blind, but He cured one that was born blind. ... I have been put out as a leper, but if He wish I shall be made clean. I know that I have sinned after knowledge, but I have holy David interceding for me."

T. i. Gr.-Lat. p. 137; Reprehensio sui ipsius.
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"Then, ye beloved of Christ, is examined each one's seal of Christianity, which he received in the holy and Catholic Church by means of baptism."

T. ii. Gr. De Char, et Eleemos. p. 254.
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St. Pacian of Barcelona, (A.D. c.310-375), bishop of Barcelona, Jerome praises his eloquence, learning, chastity, and holiness of life. He is also remembered from a phrase from one of his letters: "My name is Christian, my surname is Catholic.".

"But if He (Christ) alone conquered, what conferred He on others? Hear briefly. The sin of Adam had passed unto the whole race, "By one man, says the Apostle, sin entered, and by sin death, and so {death) passed upon all men." {Romans 5) Therefore, the justice of Christ also must needs pass unto the (human) race. . . . Christ begets in the Church by means of His priests, as says the same Apostle, "In Christ have I begotten you." (1 Corinthians 4) . . . These things cannot be otherwise fulfilled than by the sacrament of the laver, and of the chrism, and of the bishop. For by the laver sins are cleansed away; by the chrism the Holy Spirit is poured upon us; but both these we obtain at the hand and mouth of the bishop; and thus the whole man is born again and is renewed in Christ."

Serm. de Baptism, n. 5, 6, Galland, t. vii. pp. 274-275.
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St. Hilary of Poitiers, (A.D. 315-367), French; husband, theologian, bishop of Poiters around A.D. 355, and Doctor of the Church. Referred to as the "Hammer of the Arians" and the "Athanasius of the West.". He was obviously a firm supporter of St. Athanasius.

"When, therefore, we are renewed in the laver of baptism through the power of the word, we are freed from the sins of our origin . . . and putting off the old man with his sins and faithlessness, and renewed by the Spirit in soul and body, we must hate the habits of an inborn and long-formed conduct."

Comm. in Matt. c. x. n, 24, t. i. p. 719.
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St. Zeno of Verona, (unknown- A.D. c.383), Italian; African by birth, on coming to Italy was appointed bishop of Verona, in the year 362. He died about the year 383. His works were collected after his death, at the beginning of the fifth, or at the close of the fourth century. The brothers Ballerini gave an excellent edition, in 1739, Veronae.

"Haste ye, brethren, who are about to be washed. The living water, tempered by the Holy Spirit, and the pleasant fire, with soothing murmur, now invites you. Already does the girded bather await you. . . you will be plunged naked into the fountain, but soon rise thence clothed in an ethereal robe, and in your white garment — that which those who defile, shall not possess the heavenly kingdom.

L. ii. Trac. 35, Invit. 6, ad Font.; Galland, t. i. p. 149.
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St. Cyril of Jerusalem, (A.D. 315-386), Palestinian; ordained by Maximus, he was made bishop of Jerusalem in A.D. 345; scholar and Doctor of the Church. None of his writings have been preserved to us, except eighteen catechetical instructions addressed to catechumens, and five mystagogic discourses addressed to neophytes.

"Let no one then suppose that baptism is only the grace of the remission of sins, and also that of adoption, such as John's baptism, which produced the remission of sins only; but we know full well, that as it purges our sins, and conveys the grace of the Holy Spirit, so also it is an antitype (counterpart) of Christ's sufferings."

Catech. Mystag. 2, n. 6, p. 312; Alib. Catech. 20.
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St. Gregory of Nazianzen, (A.D. 318-389), Cappadocian; archbishop, theologian, Doctor of the Church.

"Baptism (illumination) is the soul's brightness; life's amendment; the questioning of the soul towards God. Baptism is our weakness' aid; the laying aside of the flesh; the attainment of the spirit; the participation of the word; the rectification of the creature; sin's deluge; the communication of light; the dispersion of darkness. Baptism is a chariot (to bear us) to God; a pilgrimage with Christ; faith's support; the mind's perfection; the key to Heaven's kingdom; life's change; freedom from bondage; the unloosing of chains; the transformation of our substance into a better [one]. Baptism, -- but what need of further enumeration? -- is of God's gifts the fairest and most excellent."

T. i. Or. xl. p. 638.
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"Hast thou a child? Let not evil have an opportunity. Let the child be sanctified from its infancy; let it be consecrated to the spirit from its earliest days. Thou fearest the seal on account of the weakness of nature; oh mother of mean spirit and of little faith. Ann, before Samuel was born, promised him to God, and, when born, instantly consecrated him
to Him."

T. i. Orat. xl. p. 648.
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St. Basil the Great, (A.D. 328-379), Cappadocian; bishop of Cæsarea in A.D. 369, theologian, monk. Studied in Palestine, Constantinople, and Athens. Many of the subsequent years of his life were spent in the deserts of Egypt and Libya. His character and works have gained for him the surname of "the great".

"Baptism is to the captive the price of his liberty; of debts the remission; the death of sin, the regeneration of the soul; a robe of light; a seal which cannot be broken; a chariot for Heaven ; the procurer of a kingdom; the gift of adoption as sons."

T. ii. P. i. Hom, in Sonet. Bapt. n. 5, p. 164.
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St. Epiphanius of Salamis, (A.D. 332-403), Palestinian; bishop, abbot, scholar.

"Under the old law was the circumcision of the flesh in use until that great circumcision, — baptism, which removes sins from us, and seals us in the name of God."

Adv. Hæres. t. i. Lib. i. (Hæres. 5), p. 19.
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Pope St. Siricius, (A.D. c.334-398), an active Pope, involved in the administration of the Church and the handling of various factions and viewpoints within it; author of two decrees concerning clerical celibacy. The decree of A.D. 385 stated that priests should stop cohabiting with their wives.

"And as we proclaim that the sacred reverence due to Easter (as the time for public baptism) is no way to be trenched upon, so is it our wish, that this help be granted, with all possible speed, in the case of infants, who are too young to speak, and also of those who are in some urgent need of the sacred waters of baptism: lest it tend to the ruin of our own souls, if from our refusing the saving font to those that seek it, any of them depart this life and lose the kingdom and (eternal) life. . . . Let it suffice that faults have been committed in this matter; and now let the above-named rule be observed by all priests, who wish not to be rent from that solid Apostolic rock, upon which Christ constituted the universal Church."

Galland. t. vii. Ep. i. ad Himer, n. 3, p. 534.
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St. Gregory of Nyssa, (A.D. c.335 - c.394), bishop of Nyssa in A.D. 371, an erudite theologian who made significant contributions to the doctrine of the Trinity and the Nicene creed. Gregory's philosophical writings were influenced by Origen. He was the brother of the great St. Basil.

"Baptism is the cleansing away of sins; the remission of transgressions; the cause of renovation and regeneration."

T. iii. In Baptism. Christi, p. 368.
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"And should any one, again doubting and debating, raise difficulties, immediately ask me, how water regenerates, and as to the mystic initiation effected by it, I shall say to him with just reason: Show me the way in which we are born according to the flesh, and I will explain to thee the power of that second birth which is according to the spirit."

T. iii. In Baptism. Christi, p. 371.
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St. Ambrose of Milan, (A.D. 340-396), German; reluctantly made bishop in the A.D. 374., Doctor of the Church. He closed a great and glorious career in A.D. 396. We have his life by Paulinus.

The Church was redeemed at the price of Christ's blood. Jew or Greek, it makes no difference; but if he has believed, he must circumcise himself from his sins [in baptism (Colossians 2:11-12)] so that he can be saved . . . for no one ascends into the kingdom of Heaven except through the sacrament of baptism.... "Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God".

On Abraham 2:11:79-84 [A.D. 387]

"It is water in which the flesh is dipped, that every carnal sin may be washed away. Every crime is buried there.""

T. ii. De Mysteriis, c. iii. n. ii. p. 328.
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St. Jerome, (A.D. 342-420), Dalmatian; born in Strido; priest, hermit, abbot, biblical scholar, translator and Doctor of the Church. In an age distinguished by men of the greatest eloquence and learning, St. Jerome, especially in all matters connected with the Sacred Scriptures, was then preeminent, and has probably never since been equalled.

"Tell me why infants are baptized? That their sins may be forgiven them in baptism."

T. ii. Contr. Pelag. n. 18, col. 789.
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St. John Chrysostom, (A.D. 344 - 407), Syrian; archbishop, Doctor of the Church. Born at Antioch in 344; he was ordained priest in A.D. 383, and raised to the see of Constantinople in the year A.D. 398. His eloquence gained him the title of Chrysostom, or the mouth of gold. His expositions of Scripture, especially the Epistles of St. Paul, are very valuable. This illustrious prelate died on his road to exile, in A.D. 407.

"Though one have all the wickedness to be found in men, he comes forth from being plunged into that pool of waters, from the divine stream, purer than the sun's rays. . . . Yea, our discourse has proved even more than this, viz., that such a one has become not merely pure, but holy and just; for the Apostle does not merely say: "Ye are washed", but also, "ye are sanctified,, and ye are justified". What more wonderful than this, that, without toil or effort, or good works, righteousness should be given birth to? . . . You will ask, "Wherefore is it that if the laver remit all our sins, it is not called the laver of purification, but the laver of regeneration?" For this reason, that it does not simply remit our sins, nor simply take away our transgressions, but this it does so as if we were born again,"

T. i. Catech. i. ad lUumin. n. 3, p. 270.
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Blessed Isaias, (lived in the 4th century), Abbot

"Whosoever receives baptism, receives it unto the destruction of sin. For we are buried with Him, as the Apostle says, unto death, that He may destroy the body of death."

Orat. xxv. n. 3, Galland. t. vii. p. 308.
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Baptism constitutes the foundation of communion among all Christians, including those who are not yet in full communion with the Catholic Church: "For men who believe in Christ and have been properly baptized are put in some, though imperfect, communion with the Catholic Church. Justified by faith in Baptism, [they] are incorporated into Christ; they therefore have a right to be called Christians, and with good reason are accepted as brothers by the children of the Catholic Church." "Baptism therefore constitutes the sacramental bond of unity existing among all who through it are reborn.

 

 

The Church's Scriptures that support Baptism and Infant Baptism in the Church:


Jesus commissioning His Apostles.

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that
I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age."

Matthew 28:19-20

Jesus tells us of the necessity of Baptism.

5 "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.


John 3:5

Peter continues Jesus' teaching that all be baptized by the Church.

37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?" 38 And Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:37-38

Philip baptizes a eunuch

36 And as they went on their way, they came to a certain water; and the eunuch said: See, here is water: what doth hinder me from being baptized? 37 And Philip said: If you believe with all your heart, you may. And he answering, said: I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still; and they went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch: and he baptized him. 39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord took away Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more. And he went on his way rejoicing.

 

Acts 8:36-39

Paul is baptized by Ananias

17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house. And laying his hands upon him, he said: Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus hath sent me, he that appeared to thee in the way as thou camest; that thou mayest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. 18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and he received his sight; and rising up, he was baptized.

 

Acts 9:17-18

Peter commands his fellows disciples to baptize those in his company.

47 Then Peter answered: Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Ghost, as well as we? 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then they desired him to tarry with them some days.

 

Act 10:47-48

St. Paul tells us all are born with Adam's sin and need baptism.

18 Then as one man's trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one man's act of righteousness leads to acquittal and life for all men. 19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man's obedience many will be made righteous. 20 Law came in, to increase the trespass; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Romans 5:18-21

St. Paul gives us a Catechesis on baptism.

4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit, 6 which he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.


Titus 3:4-7

The Church's Scriptures on Infant Baptism and Jesus' love and concern for the smallest of children:

 

Daughter healed because of the Canaanite woman's faith.

22 And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon." 23 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away, for she is crying after us." 24 He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me." 26 And he answered, "It is not fair to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." 27 She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table." 28 Then Jesus answered her, "O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire." And her daughter was healed instantly.


Matthew 15:22-28

It is not the will of God that children be damned.

10 "See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in Heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in Heaven. 11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. 12 What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14 So it is not the will of my Father who is in Heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

Matthew 18:10-14

Jesus says, "Let the children come to me."

13 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people; 14 but Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of Heaven." 15 And he laid his hands on them and went away.


Matthew 19:13-15

Our Lord tells His disciples to let the children come to Him

13 And they were bringing children to him, that he might touch them; and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it he was indignant, and said to them, "Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it." 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands upon them.


Mark 10:13-16

People were bringing even infants to him.

15 Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it."


Luke 18:15-17

Paul and Silas baptize Lydia and her whole household.

14 One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to give heed to what was said by Paul. 15 And when she was baptized, with her household, she besought us, saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay." And she prevailed upon us.


Acts 16:14-15

Paul and Silas baptize a prison guard and his whole household.

29 And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 and brought them out and said, "Men, what must I do to be saved?" 31 And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household." 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all that were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their wounds, and he was baptized at once, with all his family.


Acts 16:29-33

Crispus, his family, and other Corinthians are baptized.

8 Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with all his household; and many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized.

Acts 18:8

St. Paul tells us: "I baptized the household of Stephanas".

16 I did baptize also the household of Stephanas.


1 Corinthians 1:16

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