2.4.6 The Sixth Article of Faith

I believe that the Holy Baptism with water is the first step to a renewal of a human being in the Holy Spirit, and that the person baptised is adopted into the fellowship of those who believe in Jesus Christ and profess Him as their Lord.

The Sixth Article of Faith deals with Holy Baptism with water. It brings to expression the essential elements of Holy Baptism with water. Through baptism the fundamental separation between mankind and God is suspended. This does not occur through the merit of the human being, that is to say through his voluntary decision to turn to God, but rather because God inclines Himself to the human being and liberates him from the dominion of sin. Through this act of God's love and care, human beings share in the sacrifice of Christ and in His power that overcomes sin. This becomes immediately clear in the fact that original sin is washed away through Holy Baptism with water and that the baptised is now incorporated into the church of Christ. He thereby becomes a Christian.

Holy Baptism with water does not yet contain everything that is necessary for a human being to become a new creation before God. It is the "first step to a renewal of a human being in the Holy Spirit". This process of renewal in the Holy Spirit, which has begun in Holy Baptism, finds its continuation in the imparting of the gift of the Holy Spirit in Holy Sealing. Only then is the person reborn out of water and Spirit.

Holy Baptism with water not only constitutes fellowship with God, but also the fellowship of Christians among one another, since "the person baptised is adopted into the fellowship of those who believe in Jesus Christ and profess Him as their Lord". Belief in Jesus as the Christ and as the Lord–namely as the power that defines one's life–is something that binds all believing Christians together.

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