On December 1, 2018, a little 7 pound 3 ounce baby girl was born to Chase and Olivia Chapman. She was 18 inches long. Within the next few weeks two (2) other babies are scheduled to enter this society. We knew some nine (9) months prior to their birth dates that they were scheduled to be born. No one had an idea at the time of conception whether these babies would be male or female. Perhaps the names were still to be considered. No one at this point has any idea what these wee ones will grow up to be. One of these babies has already been born. She is as sinless and pure as Jesus was when He was born. The other two (2) will be equally sinless and pure. The mothers will hold them knowing how Mary felt when she cuddled her Son in her arms.
What these little ones will be and become will depend largely upon the parents. Solomon said, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6; Cf. Deuteronomy 6:1-9). Paul told children, “Obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.” (Ephesians 6:1). In verse 4, the Holy Spirit inspired the apostle to pen these words, “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” The word of God places the spiritual upbringing of children squarely upon the shoulders of fathers and mothers. Teach them what God says, so they will not be corrupted by others, whether family or friend or foe. What you teach them as children will likely determine whether they obey the pure doctrine of Christ and go to heaven, or obey some erroneous doctrine and be lost in hell. Love your baby in word and deed. (1 John 3:17, 18). Teach them to obey from the heart that form of doctrine found in the word of God that they may be free from sin. (Romans 6:17, 18). Teach them to hear the word of God to develop faith (Romans 10:17), repent of sins when they commit sin (Luke 13:3, 5), confess the Deity of Christ (Acts 8:37), and be buried in water baptism to be forgiven of sins, and to enter Christ and His Church. (Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:1-5; Acts 2:38; 22:16; Galatians 3:26, 27; 1 Corinthians 12:13). Show them that this obedience will cause God to add them to His church. (Act 2:41, 47).
Teach these little ones that once they become Christians, they are “newborn babes”, and that they are to “desire the sincere milk of the word, that they may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2), “to grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18). Educate them in the urgency of remembering God in youth (Ecclesiastes 12:1), setting the proper example of the believers, giving “attendance to reading, to exhortation and to doctrine” (1 Timothy 4:12, 13), and such like. Remind them to “Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.” (Verse 15). Do not be ashamed to teach them “the gospel.” (Romans 1:16). The world will not be ashamed to pull them in the direction of Satan, the world’s first and great father of liars. (Genesis 3:4; John 8:44; 2 Corinthians 11:3).
Hopefully, your years of faithful teaching and training will allow you to die in peace, knowing that your faithful training allows you
to leave this world with godly children by your side, and that you will be able to live eternally in heaven with them. You can, with them, hear Jesus say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” (Matthew 25:21, 23). That statement will be eclipsed only by the call, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” (Matthew 25:34).
BUT, WAIT!!!!! Another baby was born over two thousand (2000) years ago! He existed long before He was born. He existed prior to Abraham: “Before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58). He was active in the creation of the world. (Genesis 1:1ff; John 1:1-3; Hebrews 1:1, 2). He existed in eternity prior to creation, as is seen in His creating the world. (Isaiah 9:6). Speaking of Isaiah 9:6, the prophet said, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given….” Isaiah 7:14 prophesied, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Matthew 1:16-25 is the exact fulfillment of that prophetic statement. We do not know how many inches long Jesus was or how much He weighed, but we know what He looked like. Isaiah 53:2, 3, says, “For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” As Isaiah prophesied and Matthew wrote, Mary, a virgin, had a Son, and His name was called Emmanuel, God with us, and Jesus, Lord, Sir, Master.
The little babies mentioned above, and all other little babies, if and when they reach the age of accountability and obey the adult, sacrificial Lamb of God, will be saved by Him. (Hebrews 5:8, 9). Mary’s Son ”came down from heaven” (John 3:13; 6:35, 38), and was “born…in the city of David A Saviour which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11). He came to “call…sinners to repentance.” (Matthew 9:13). He affectionately called all in sin to come to Him for rest. (Matthew 11:28-30; Revelation 3:20; 22:17, 18). Many have responded to His call by coming to Him. Hopefully, you will bring your little one to Jesus. Cf. John 1:43-51.
Bring, rather than send the little one to Bible classes from birth, before they will even realize that they are in services. Get them in the Bible classes where they can learn to say God, Jesus, and such like. See that they are taught the word of God in Bible classes from early years until they are older and off to start their own homes. Continue to talk to them about Jesus as time goes on, as long as there is breath within you and them. Have them in the worship services Sunday mornings and Sunday nights, Mid-week Bible classes, even when they need to be taught how to act. Set the example before them in attendance and all other aspects of Christian living. Study the Bible with them, and make sure they know you are doing the same. Take time to pray with them, and teach them how and for what to pray. Guide by doing, rather than by words only. Remember, they are watching you! You want your little one to live eternally in heaven one day. Be very careful to do what they need to do. Show them the way! “Do as I say, not as I do” has never been good or correct, is not, nor ever shall be.
Dear reader, you have been born of woman. However, you may not have been born again. (John 3:1-5, 23). “Today” and “Now” is the time to be saved. (2 Corinthians 6:2; Hebrews 3:7, 13, 15; 4:7). Do not put this all important decision off any longer. Heed the loving call of the Lord, and come to Him. (1 John 4:8, 19). Read and study the word; come to know Him. (Romans 10:17). Believe the word about God and Jesus. (Hebrews 11:6; John 8:24). Repent of sins. (Acts 17:30, 31). Confess Jesus as God’s Son. (Romans 10:9, 10; Acts 8: 37). Be buried in water baptism for the remission of sins, to enter Jesus and His Church (Colossians 2:12; Romans 6:1-5; Acts 8:36-39; Galatians 3:26, 27; 1 Corinthians 12:13), and the Lord will add you to His Church. (Acts 2:41, 47). Do not be taught or led otherwise by anyone. Obey the word of God.
Let the birth of a little one, and the purity you see in that baby, motivate you to be born again. By doing this, and living faithfully unto or until death, you will live a life well pleasing to God here, and you will enjoy the grandeur of heaven in eternity. (Revelation 2:10; Mark 13:13; 1 Corinthians 15:57, 58).
Make the decision to follow Jesus today, and call the one whose name or telephone number appears on this tract to aid you in being born again.