既然成了基督的同繼承人, 我們就要堅信祂的真道，效法祂的德行, 並宣認對祂的信仰。
本份: 作為主的門徒, 我們要步武被釘者基督。
We celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord last Sunday. This Feast marks the conclusion of the Christmas season. On Christmas day, we celebrated the birth of Christ, and on the Feast of Baptism of Our Lord, we celebrated our own spiritual birth through baptism.
The baptism of Jesus is a figure, or type, of our own baptism. At Jesus' baptism, three things happened: the heavens opened, the Holy Spirit descended, and a voice from heaven spoke. The same happens, in a certain sense, at the Christian baptism.
Co-heir with Christ
The heavens opening above the waters of Jordan reminds us that in the Old Testament the waters were opened by the power of God. When Moses led the chosen people out of Egypt, the waters of the Red Sea were opened, and the people walked through the waters and were delivered from Egypt and from pharaoh. Forty years later, when the successor of Moses, Joshua, led the chosen people into the Promised Land, the waters of the Jordan River were opened for the people to walk through.
In baptism, we are freed, not from the slavery of Egypt, but from the slavery of sin, not from the tyranny of pharaoh, but from the tyranny of Satan. Also, through baptism we enter into the Promised Land of Heaven. Heavens opening symbolizes that through baptism, we become co-heirs with Christ of the heavenly kingdom.
Since we are co-heir with Christ, we should firmly believe in His doctrine. We should also imitate His virtues and profess our faith in Him.
Temple of the Holy Spirit
The Spirit descending reminds us that in the beginning, the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the water (Genesis 1:2). It also reminds us that after the flood, Noah sent out a dove, which hovered over the water. Baptism is a new beginning and a new creation. Through baptism, a person is made a temple of the Holy Spirit, who descends into the soul, and by sanctifying grace, renders it pure and innocent as a dove. The infused virtues and the gifts of the Holy Spirit are also bestowed to the soul at baptism.
Since we are temples of the Holy Spirit, we should respect His indwelling and be faithful to His inspirations.
Child of the Father
God the Father declared Jesus as His beloved Son. Baptism also makes us children of God. Jesus is the Son of God by nature, and we are sons of God by grace. The baptized becomes a child of God in whom God is well pleased.
A baptized person has God as his Father, the Church as his Mother, and fellow Christians as his brothers and sisters.
Baptism imprints on the soul an indelible character, which consecrates a person to God forever. We are children of God twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Since we are children of the Father, we must manifest filial love towards Him and respect Him by the exact observance of His commandments.
Sign of the Christian
The sign of the Christian is the sign of the cross. It reminds us of our dignity, titles, and duties as Christians.
Our dignity: it was on the cross and at the price of the blood and death of Christ, that we are redeemed from the slavery of sin and regenerated to supernatural life.
Our titles: we are children of the Father, co-heirs with the Son, and temples of the Holy Spirit.
Our duties: we should walk in the footsteps of Christ crucified, whose disciples we are.
We enter the church making the sign of the cross with holy water. This gesture reminds us of our own baptism and our identity as Christians.
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