8.1.3.1 Holy Baptism with water as an act of God

Holy Baptism with water is not a figurative or symbolic action, but rather a real act of God's loving care. Through this act, the relationship between a human being and God is fundamentally changed. The effect of Holy Baptism with water acts upon a person's entire being.

SUMMARY

Holy Baptism with water is the first and fundamental sacramental act of grace of the triune God upon a human being who believes in Jesus Christ. (8.1)

Through Holy Baptism with water the baptised enters into his first close relationship with God–he becomes a Christian and is thereby incorporated into the church. (8.1)

In the New Testament "baptism" is often understood as a two-part baptism with water and the Holy Spirit. Holy Baptism with water and Holy Baptism with the Spirit are therefore interdependent. (8.1.2.2)

Jesus Christ submitted to the baptism of John the Baptist in order to demonstrate how righteousness before God can be attained. (8.1.2.2)

The great commission issued by the Risen One makes it clear that baptising–in the form of baptism with water and the Spirit–is one of the tasks assigned to the Apostles. Baptism is an act of God's salvation upon a human being. (8.1.2.2)

Holy Baptism with water is necessary for salvation. (8.1.3)

It is not a figurative or symbolic act, but is indeed an act of God's loving care that fundamentally changes the relationship between a human being and God. (8.1.3.1)

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