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Baptism, Confirmation, and Possession

Baptism, Confirmation, and Possession

Water Baptism symbolizes our commitment to God, our responsibility in character and attitude as it reflects our identity as Christians, and our obedience to the tenets of the traditional church. Confession or confirmation and Repentance are necessary to be called Christian, not by name only but as a responsible Christian who turns from greediness, anger, and pride to love, selflessness, forgiveness, and humbleness to serve the LORD.

The primary purpose is to build a great relationship among the faithful, as Paul said: “to have one Spirit, for in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, enslaved people or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit,” 1Corinthians 12:13. With one LORD which is the Almighty Father, the giver of life which is less confusing when we focus and make contact with Him alone, one solid faith that no one can ever distract, one Baptism for the forgiveness of sin. Though Jesus, the Son of God, said that he is the way, the truth, and the life to the Jews, Gentiles can adopt it as our way of acknowledging his work of redemption for us, too; without his sacrificial work, we will never know the Father, and through his request for us to have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we have more spiritual value to continue what the apostle of Jesus Christ did in spreading the good news of the Lord Jesus.

How do we receive the Holy Spirit? We receive the Holy Spirit by simply receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God (John 3:16)and confessing Jesus as your Savior; God gives you the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13). When do we receive the Holy Spirit? Anytime we are ready. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit after our ignorance of the word of God, which means that we are fully aware of our responsibilities as faithful Christians (response to our calling); this act leads to confirmation after Baptism (infant). The Holy Spirit becomes our permanent possession when we acknowledge and believe that we receive and shall have it.

God is our all in all and no one else. He is jealous when we turn to idols. “For you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God (Exodus 34:14).

Types of Baptism I Baptism, Confirmation, and Possession I Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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