Baptized into Christ, each of us shares in his roles as priests and prophets.



Monday, 3/24/14

In the Gospel Jesus reminded the people of Nazareth that, “No prophet is accepted in his own native place.”

Normally, when we say that someone is a prophet we mean that he accurately predicted what has happened. In the Bible it usually had a somewhat different meaning. The old Hebrew word for a prophet was a “Nabi.” (I can remember that because it is the same as the Korean word for a butterfly.)

That word “nabi” had originally been a child’s word for his or her mouth. And that gives us an understanding of what people in Our Lord’s time considered prophets to be. Namely, they were people who lent God their mouths to for speaking the truth.

Even today our Church officially considers prophets to be men or women who lend their mouths to God for speaking God’s truth.

That notion comes up in our Baptism ceremony. Following on the pouring on of the water, the priest reminds the newly baptized person that he or she by having been baptized into Christ now shares in his roles as priest, prophet, and king.

Since those offices are traditionally conferred by an anointing with chrism, the priest formally anoints the newly baptized with chrism. We are all thus charged to speak God’s truth when we see it. (One might even write a blog.)

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Steve Finnell said...

WATER BAPTISM-IMMERSION, SPRINKLING OR POURING? BY STEVE FINNELL

What is the meaning of water baptism? Is it immersion in water? Is it being sprinkled with water? Is it having water poured on a person? Is it all three?

The Greek word baptizo was not translated into English, in most translations. Baptizo was transliterated into English as baptize. The definition of transliterate is; to change letters, words, etc. into corresponding characters of another alphabet or language.

I am going to quote from a translation that translates the Greek word baptizo into English. THE BETTER VERSION OF THE NEW TESTAMENT BY CHESTER ESTES (TBVOTNT)

Matthew 3:16 And when Jesus was immersed, he went up from the water, and, behold, immediately the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and resting upon him.

There is no translation that reads-Jesus was sprinkled or poured.

Acts 8:38 Then he commanded the chariot to stand still; and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he immersed him.

There is no translation that reads-he sprinkled or poured him.

Acts 2:38 The Peter said unto them, Let each of you repent and be immersed, in the name of Jesus Christ, in order to the remission of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

There is nor translation that reads-repent and be sprinkled or poured.

Acts 10:47 Can any one forbid water, that these should not be immersed, who received the Holy Spirit , even as we did.

There is no translation that reads-that these should not be sprinkled or poured.

Galatians 3:27 For as many of you have been immersed into Christ, have put on Christ.

There is no translation that reads-have been sprinkled or poured into Christ.

Romans 6:4 We were, therefore, buried with him by immersioninto that death; that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, thus we also should walk in newness of life.

There is no translation that reads- buried with him by sprinkling or pouring.

Colossians 2:12 Having been buried with him by immersion, by which also you were raised up with him, through the belief of the strong working of God, who raised him from the dead.

There is no translation that reads-buried with him by sprinkling or pouring.

1 Peter 3:20-21.....to safety by water. 21 The like figure, in which immersion does, also, now save us (not a putting away of the filth of the flesh, but seeking of a good conscience toward God) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ;

There is no translation that reads- to safety by water. The like figure which is sprinkling or pouring.

Acts 14:4 Paul then said to them, John immersed with the immersion of repentance, saying to the people that they should should believe on him who would come after him, that is, Jesus.

There is no translation that reads-John sprinkled or poured with the sprinkling or pouring of repentance.

Matthew 28:19 Go you, therefore, making disciples of all nations, immersing them into the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit;

There is no translation that reads-sprinkling or pouring them into the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Mark 16:16 He who has believed, and has been immersed, will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

There is no translation that reads-and has been sprinkled or poured, will be saved.

BAPTIZE MEANS IMMERSION AS TRANSLITERATED FROM THE GREEK WORD BAPTIZO.

BAPTIZO TRANSLATED FROM THE GREEK MEANS IMMERSION.

(All Scripture from: THE BETTER VERSION OF THE NEW TESTAMENT BY CHESTER ESTES)

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