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Life of Faith, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

18- What Happens In The Baptism

 

St-Takla.org Image: A Coptic Bishop (H. G. Bishop Benjamin of Menofia) baptizing an infant at St. Takla Himanot Church Baptistery, Alexandria, Egypt - Published with permission of the child's parents (Fady Ragy) - Photograph by Michael Ghaly for St-Takla.org, 2009 صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أسقف قبطي (نيافة الحبر الجليل الأنبا بنيامين أسقف المنوفية) يعمد طفل صغير في معمودية كنيسة أنبا تكلاهيمانوت القبطية الأرثوذكسية، الإسكندرية، مصر - منشورة بإذن أسرة الطفل (فادي راجي) صاحب الصورة - تصوير مايكل غالي لـ: موقع الأنبا تكلا هيمانوت ، 2009

St-Takla.org Image: A Coptic Bishop (H. G. Bishop Benjamin of Menofia) baptizing an infant at St. Takla Himanot Church Baptistery, Alexandria, Egypt - Published with permission of the child's parents (Fady Ragy) - Photograph by Michael Ghaly for St-Takla.org, 2009

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أسقف قبطي (نيافة الحبر الجليل الأنبا بنيامين أسقف المنوفية) يعمد طفل صغير في معمودية كنيسة أنبا تكلاهيمانوت القبطية الأرثوذكسية، الإسكندرية، مصر - منشورة بإذن أسرة الطفل (فادي راجي) صاحب الصورة - تصوير مايكل غالي لـ: موقع الأنبا تكلا هيمانوت ، 2009

12- What Happens In The Baptism

Saint Paul says “For as many of you as were baptised into Christ have put on Christ.” (Gal. 3:27). How great is this sacrament! Who has seen its promise? Ananias told Saul, “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptised, and wash away your sins.“ (Acts 22:16). Who saw these sins being washed away? These are unseen matters, which we accept by faith, as the apostle about Christ, “He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit“ (Tit. 3: 5). The salvation we obtain by rebirth is an unseen matter, but we believe in it according to the Lord's saying, “He who believes and is baptised will be saved.” (Mark 16:16).

What is the meaning of a second birth? Moreover, what does it mean to be born from above, from God, and to be born from water and spirit? The Lord spoke about it in (John 3:3-6). They are all unseen matters; the rebirth from God is an unseen

sacrament. We see a person immersed in the baptism font but we do not see how he is reborn from the spirit. Blessed are those who believe without seeing. This, the church calls a sacrament.

The apostle says “Buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith.. forgiven you all trespass” (Col. 2:12). He gives the same meaning in his letter to the Romans, and he adds that the old person was crucified with Christ, that we may live with Him (Rom. 6:3-6). Who has seen this death, burial, resurrection, forgiveness of sins, the new life, crucifixion of the old self... these are all unseen matters, but we believe in them.


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