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🔴 Jesus Christ was baptized to sanctify the water and open up the gates of heaven.

Jan 19, 2023

🔴 Jesus Christ was baptized to sanctify the water and open up the gates of heaven.

He sanctified the waters by being baptized in it preparing for us the gift and grace of adoption.

He sanctified the waters and prepared us to receive the Holy Spirit to purify us and absolve us from our sins through being baptized in His Holy Name.

Before the baptism of Christ the water of baptism had no effect or power to renew the self.

That's why we hear John the Baptist saying, "After me will come one more powerful than I,

the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.

I baptize you with water, nut He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and Fire."

After the baptism of Christ the water became effective with a fiery power.

St. Gregory of Nisus says, "As a mother's womb has the power to give physical life, so has the water of baptism received power to grant spiritual life".

Also, St. Paul says, "For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ" (Gal. 3:27)


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