A few months ago we were going through a study on baptism in our Sunday School class at church.
Some background here. Our tradition practices a believer's baptism by immersion. Also, for us, baptism is the proper response to the gospel proclamation. We don't have a "Sinner's Prayer." For us, if you want to respond to the gospel you don't say a prayer where you sit, you get up and are baptized.
Baptism - Resource - Baptismal - Imagery - Early
Anyway, we were studying baptism. And the resource we were using, Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity, has a chapter on baptism as illumination, connected with the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Texts we considered regarding this theme:
Holy - One
But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.
But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.
For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have...
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