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Baptism, John the Baptist, Noah’s flood, and the Holy Spirit are topics, today, along with more on whether GOD grants license for sin.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Mario” (Level 4 with 3,339 points, a member since September 26, 2006) posted the following:


Where did John the Baptist get the idea to dunk people in water and call it baptism?


THE BATTLE AXE:  GOD Grants License? (06/20/2013)—The Kingdom of GOD is not the Land of Do As You Please.  To love us, GOD must suffer.  However, to be eternal, GOD must end divine suffering.  As an aspect of righteousness, GOD always responds to the image of himself residing in others with attention to detail, balance, benevolence, expectation, mercy, and vision.  Taken together, the sacred operations of GOD (e.g., blessing, communion, correction, curses, death, imprisonment, prosperity, punishment), do not permit created beings and living creatures to “get away with murder,” or to continue eternally in transgression of divine law.  The very existence of divinity establishes multiple dimensions for being, change, opportunity and possibility that remain unseen until actualized and revealed in accordance with divine will.  GOD is not blind, ignorant, lenient, or tolerant of sin, however, the processes for life and continued being for those within frameworks of time and space require measured change, the development of discretion, growth, flexibility, and resilience that appear only through ordered sequence.  A broad range of behavioral, emotional, mental, psychological and spiritual abilities and traits must be acquired that provide defining and permanent aspects of person along with an uninterrupted consciousness of GOD.  Included are accountability, dependence, dutifulness, faithfulness, interdependence, ownership, respect, and self-government.  (See Job 40:  1-14, Isaiah 57:  15-21, Jude 1:  5-7, KJV.)


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.  This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.  And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.  And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.  And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.  And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.  (John 1:  29-34, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Destroyed in Noah’s Flood (04/28/2013); Both Born Holy? (04/29/2013); Scripture at Funerals (04/30/2013); The Dove (12/28/2012); Purchased With Blood? (12/29/2012); Caesarea Philippi (10/22/2012); Fire Baptism (08/24/2012); Why No Answer? (08/25/2012)


Mario, here are some points to consider that may enrich your understanding of the sacrament of baptism:

(1)  As a sacred operation accomplished through action of the same Spirit that worked in Creation, baptism is not merely a human event, a religious ceremony, or a formal ritual to dramatize a person choosing to become a member of a church community.  In the holy writings, the earliest mention of “washing” speaks to removing surface uncleanness as an act of hospitality (i.e., refreshing and welcoming strangers by applying water to their feet), and the washing of ones clothes.  

(2)  With the establishment of covenant, cleaning ones clothing and physical body become associated with anointing and holy oil to sanctify (cleanse, prepare to enter divine presence, and set apart for holy service) and to consecrate (install in holy office as priest or prophet).  An important feature of the Tabernacle was the laver of brass, wherein the priests were to wash before and after their service offering blood at the holy altar.  Atonement, sprinkling and remission of sins through blood come into view rather than washing by water.

(3)  The earliest and most important appearance of absolution, cleansing and washing away sin appears in the flood of Noah.  Hidden there are the full range of sacred operations we understand in baptism, today.  Included are death, judgment, preservation of divine law through the keeping of created beings and living creatures, rebirth, resurrection, and sanctification.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example,  (4)  Most believers in Jesus as Redeemer and Savior agree that John was separated and anointed by the Spirit of GOD to be a herald, a prophet and a witness to the divine consecration of Christ, instead of a mere priest or rabbi.  John was raised as a son and heir to the priesthood; and we even may say that John the Baptist grew up on holy ground, and was fed from the altar of GOD.  The discipline and training he received was probably conservative, traditional and very strict.  Nevertheless, in obedience to the Holy Ghost, John left the Temple at Jerusalem to carry out and perform the word of GOD.)   Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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