06. The Triumph of Grace
Rev. Phil Grotenhuis - Feb 24, 2013
2 Sam. 12.1-25 Canons of Dordrecht: First Head: Article 17 Gen. 17.17 Acts 2.39 1 Cor. 7.14
subtitle of First Head/First Main Point of Doctrine:
Divine Election and Reprobation
The Judgment Concerning Divine Predestination
Which the Synod Declares to Be in Agreement with the Word of God
and Accepted Till Now in the Reformed Churches,
Set Forth in Several Articles
Article 17: The Salvation of the Infants of Believers
Since we must make judgments about God's will from his Word, which testifies that the children of believers are holy, not by nature but by virtue of the gracious covenant in which they together with their parents are included, godly parents ought not to doubt the election and salvation of their children whom God calls out of this life in infancy.
concern of parents over eternal destiny of their infant & toddler children
Spanish flu epidemic of 1918 killed 20% of children under 5: http://virus.stanford.edu/uda/
2 Sam. 7: God's covenant w/ David -- there'd always be a Davidic descendant on the throne & his son Solomon would build the temple (because David's hands were bloody)
After the death of his 1st son w/ Bathsheba, the 2nd was named Solomon/Jedidiah ("Blessed of the LORD"
predestination of unborn children: Esau & Jacob (Rom. 9), Ishmael & Isaac, John the Baptist, Elizabeth prophesying about Jesus & John leaping in her womb