Everyone must receive salvation; everyone born after the first man, Adam, inherited death by nature. “For everyone has sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Rom 3:23). Man was made as the image of God, that is the nature of righteousness, a state of no sin. Man was made not to sin because sin is an enemy of righteousness.
Until Adam sinned Jesus had no reason to come for salvation. Sin separates man from God (Isaiah 59:1-2). The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). So to be alive again spiritually, to be in man’s original nature at creation, we must be born again, John 3:3-5, 15-16.
No moral standard can cut the deal! Our right doing alone can’t get the job done (Isaiah 64:6), our religion can’t, our family, friends and familiar or unfamiliar relationships can’t help us, ONLY the grace of God by faith in Jesus can save us.
Salvation is Personal
It is non-negotiable; it is only for the owner alone. It is not transferable from mother to children, husband to wife, or a friend to another friend. My salvation is personal; I cannot transfer mine or pluralize it to secure my wife’s and children’s salvation or any other person for that matter. John 3:15-16, whosoever is singular and individual, because everyone that would be saved must believe in her/his heart and confess with his/her mouth that Jesus is Lord.
Have you seen a sick person whose grandma by proxy goes to all the doctor’s appointments, takes all the prescribed medicines, and all the sick person is doing is sleep at home? Not only will he not get well, his grandma too will become sick. Salvation is not received by proxy. However, my prayer for my family and other people, my Christian lifestyle can influence their redemption.
Do Children Need Salvation?
Children are innocent until they come to the age of accountability (when a child knows good and evil). They do not require salvation since faith is needed to be saved. Ephesians 2:8; by grace are you saved through faith… Little children do not have the capacity to exercise faith in God. John 3:18 says …whoever does not believe in Him stands condemned or judged.
That is, anyone who rejects Jesus is condemned. Only matured people who can consciously exercise the judgment of accepting or rejecting Jesus, but decided to reject Jesus are in that category.
If children died before the age of accountability, their spirits go back to God as they have not committed any sin. David said “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live.’ But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.” (2 Samuel 12:22-23).
David is saying that he will one day be with the child again. How? by going to where the child is. No matter what they do, so long as they still innocent they are not sinners.