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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

120- Priests and Baptism

 

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[3] Baptism

It is impossible to imagine that baptism was only limited to the apostolic era, since it is direct link to the Salvation of Souls.

(Mark 16:16) "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

(John 3:5) Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

(Acts 2:38) Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Then baptism must continue for all ages, as it is directly linked to the Salvation, the Second Birth and the Forgiveness of Sin

He also commanded that only the apostles, were to baptize:

(Mat 28:19-20) "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, {20} "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.

So is it conceivable to eliminate such important sacrament, because the disciples departed to heaven? Certainly not.

(Gal 3:27) For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

It is unthinkable to agree with the reasoning that such Christian elementary foundations were to perish because the apostles era was no more.


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