A Discourse on Covenant Theology and Infant Baptism, by Cuthbert Sydenham (or Sidenham) (1622–1654)
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Cuthbert Sydenham (or Sidenham) (1622–1654) received Presbyterian ordination, and was a Reformed Calvinistic Preacher during the era of the Westminster Assembly. He died at an early age, though he was used mightily by God as a preacher of the Gospel and theologian.
This work on Covenant Theology and Infant Baptism is a complete Presbyterian treatment of the subject of infant inclusion in the Covenant, and of the proper administration of the ordinance of baptism. Cuthbert specifically writes against the rising error in his day of credo-baptism, or believers only baptism. Cuthbert shows that the credo-baptistic position is by inference only, and how that position is scripturally unattainable, and that it does not reflect the manner in which God works in covenant with his people. He covers the nature of the Covenant made with Abraham, whether the infants of believers may not be called in the New Testament the seed of Abraham, and how any person may be said to be in the Covenant. He exegetically expounds Acts 2:39, Matthew 3:8-9, 1 Cor. 7:14, Romans 11:15-17, Matthew 19:13-14 with Mark 10:13 and Luke 18:15-17, Col. 2:11-12, Matthew 28:19 with Mark 16:15-16, Heb. 10:22, and Acts 10:47. This is a masterful polemic against the error of dispensationalism, and demonstrates faithfully the Scriptural foundation of God’s covenant and ordinances.
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