Promises For Family Salvation
By J. A. Huffman
Written all over the pages of the Bible are God’s promises which embrace the household or family. Noah prepared an ark for the saving of his house (Heb. 11:2). The Passover was instituted in Egypt, "a lamb for an house" (Ex. 12:3).
God’s covenant was: "When I see the blood, I will pass over you" (Ex. 12:13), and the whole family was safe. God’s promise to Abraham was: "And I will establish My covenant between Me and thee…to be a God unto thee and to thy seed after thee" (Gen. 17:7).
The psalmist sings God’s special promises to parents in the following manner: "What man is he that feareth Jehovah? Him shall He instruct in the way that he shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the land" (Psa. 25:12-13).
"Praise ye Jehovah. Blessed is the man that feareth Jehovah, that delighteth greatly in His commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: The generation of the upright shall be blessed" (Psa. 112:1-2).
The Prophet Jeremiah strikes the same prophetic note: "And I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them" (Jer. 32:39).
Isaiah even includes the promise of the Holy Spirit to the offspring of the devout, and says: "For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and streams upon the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit upon thy seed, and My blessing upon thine offspring" (Isa. 44:3). "And as for Me, this is My covenant with them, saith Jehovah: My Spirit that is upon thee, and My words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith Jehovah, from henceforth and for ever" (Isa. 59:21).
Peter confirmed Isaiah’s promise on the day of Pentecost and declared: "This promise is unto you and your children" (Acts 2:39).
To exhaust these references would require much effort, but one more reference will suffice to establish the fact that God has covenanted for the salvation of our kindred, and in building the home Christian, that covenant should be claimed and met. Paul answering the jailer’s question, "What must I do to be saved?" said: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house" (Acts 16:30-31).
Of course, the salvation of offspring is not an arbitrary matter. They are not saved independent of their own choices. Children of truly Christian homes have a heritage which will normally lead them into all the promised blessings. Failure here would be the result of willful and stubborn resisting of light and opportunity.
Christian parents should receive every child as a gift from God. Children should be put on God’s altar before they are born, and should always be left there. They should not be left passively on God’s altar, for when they are given to God in consecration, He gives them back to parents for care, nurture and discipline.
– From Building The Home Christian.