Mystery of Baptism

Jan 18, 2020

Baptism is the sacrament given to all who believe in the Mystery of the Trinity and the Mystery of Incarnation for the remission of sin, to obtain adoption from the Triune God, to inherit the kingdom of God. It is called Mystery, because, when the priest recites the prayer of baptism over the water and blesses it, it changes and becomes the water that flowed from the right side of our Lord Jesus Christ while on the Holy Cross and one can receive the invisible grace of the adopted sonhood of God (Jn.19:34-35).

Whosoever believes and is baptized, shall get remission of sin. “We believe in one baptism for the remission of sin” (Creed). Every person is born from God through baptism, and will be free from damnation. “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mk. 16:16; Acts. 2:28). To be born of the Trinity is for inheriting the kingdom of God. Our Lord has taught us that we cannot enter the kingdom of God except through baptism. “Verily, verily I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (Jn. 3:5; Tit 3:4-7).

There were prophecies and symbols foretold by the laws and the prophets about Baptism.

A. Prophecy: - “Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean. (Ezek. 36:25; Mich 7:19).

B. Symbols

Circumcision in the Old Testament was practiced as a sign of baptism. It was given to Abraham as a token of the Covenant.

Every one that was not circumcised on the eighth day after birth was to be cut off from his people, shared not from the promise and/or shall have no portion from the promised land. The uncircumcised were not considered as the nation of God. (Gen. 17:7-14).
In the New Testament, Circumcision was replaced by Baptism. Every one that is not baptized was not born of God, and cannot inherit the heavenly kingdom. (Col. 2:11).
John the Baptist, at the end of the Old Testament and at the beginning of the New Testament was baptizing with water. (Mk. 1:4-8).

The Ark of Noah and the crossing of Israelites across the Red Sea were symbols of baptism. (1Pet. 3:19; 1Cor.10:2).
To fulfill the prophesy and to make the archetype real, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was baptized in the water of the River Jordan by the hand of John the Baptist. (Mt. 3:16; Mk. 1:9; Lk.3:21; Jn. 1:31). The Eritrean Orthodox Church baptizes children, males on the fortieth day and females on the eightieth day. These dates signify that the first persons obtained adoption from God. (Jubilee 4:2-15).

C. Efficacy

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Mt. 28:19). And Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of the Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts. 2:38). “And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ” (Acts. 10:48). “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into His death “ (Rome 6:3). “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – Jews or Greeks, slaves or free- and all were made to drink of one spirit” (1 Cor. 12:13). “Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves us (you), not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a clear conscience…” (1 Pet. 3:12). Such words testify to the usefulness of our Baptism.

Glory To God!

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