Pentecost: Safe for the Whole Family

Pentecost 2017
Jon Marq Toombs
Christ Covenant Church

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 will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.”

The Spirit is a gift, promised and poured out for you and your children. (See Acts 1:4, 2:16, 17, 33)

The Spirit was poured out for you, so that your heart might be circumcised, that you might be washed clean, that your sins might be forgiven, that you might be marked with the sign of the new covenant, that you might be sealed for the day of redemption, and so that you might devote yourself to the Lord, to his word, to prayers, and to the fellowship.

And the Spirit was poured out for your children for all the same reasons.

Your children need the gift of the Spirit so that they might grow up in wisdom and stature and favor with God and men — just like Jesus.

They need the gift of the Spirit so that they may be consecrated to the Lord Jesus Christ, and connected to his church, and commune at his table, and be conformed to his image — just like you.

They need the gift of the Spirit so that they might live, move, and exist in the power of the Spirit, not in the weakness of the flesh — just like Jesus.

They need the gift of the Spirit so that they may be saved from this crooked and depraved generation — just like you.

Christ knows that you need the gift of the Spirit; and he knows that your children need the gift of the Spirit as much as you do. That is why the gift promised by the Father was poured out by Christ for you and your children.

The Spirit is a gift.

Not for you now, and your children later. Not for you only, and your children only when they are no longer children.

The Spirit is a gift.

Not a gift that you get to enjoy now, but that your children must do without until they reach some mythical age of reason and accountability.

The Spirit is a gift.

Not a gift to withhold from your children just because someone thinks they are too young for it. Nor a gift to dangle in front of your children as spiritual enticement or motivation.

The Spirit is a gift.

Not a wage to be earned by virtue of any decision, efforts, or works; but a gift to be received by virtue of Christ’s desire, grace and mercy.

Now turn your hearts to your children and consider this:

No one in their right mind would ever want to face the devil, the flesh, or the world alone, armed only with their own wits and weaknesses without the power of the Spirit.

So why in the world would anyone let their children do that?

Why would we withhold from our children — even infants — the gift that Christ poured out for them?

Why would you postpone your children’s coming to Christ and receiving the gift that Christ promised them in baptism?

Why would anyone act as if their children were united to Christ, without first letting them become united to Christ in baptism?

Why would we treat our kids as cross-bearers without them first receiving the sign and seal of the cross?

Why would you attempt to raise your children as if they were Christians, without first letting them be baptized as Christians?

The Spirit was poured out on all flesh. The promise is for you and your children.

Pentecost is for you and your kids. It is safe for the whole family.

So, bring your children to the Lord with you. Let them be baptized with water that God may put his name on them — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Teach them the Law and the Gospel that they may know the Lord with you. Let them live, move, and exist in the Spirit with you. Lead them to worship God and serve him only with you. Let them come eat and drink at his Table with you. Call them to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus with you. Let them be saved from this crooked and twisted generation with you. Send them out on mission for the life of the world.

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