You're ornery!John-Boy wrote:My Catholic friends say that there is also a "Baptism by fire," which is different from the "water baptism."Jocose wrote:Thoughts on water baptism?
Whatever. The early Christians believed that one could be born physically once, and spiritually once, "Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit." Baptism with water symbolized being born spiritually in Christ, parallel to being born physically through the water in the womb.
I am curious to learn more as Jocose's formation continues.
By "early Christians," I meant the Nicene Creed's statement of faith: "I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins."
When a Christian was baptized with water, the Holy Spirit did His work of marking this soul as one who has been reborn in Christ.
Every time when an Apostolic Christian dips his hand in the holy water and blesses himself "in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit," it is a memorial and renewal of our baptism. "Self-immersion," if we want to think of it that way. Micveh baths and various Evangelical revivals are other expressions of this memorial.
But there is only one Baptism, per individual Christian, by which he is reborn into Christ.