spiritual sanctification as a gift of the Holy Ghost.
the first time a soldier faces battle.
any severe ordeal that tests one’s endurance.
a soldier’s first experience of battle
any initiating ordeal or experience
(Christianity) the penetration of the Holy Ghost into the human spirit to purify, consecrate, and strengthen it, as was believed to have occurred initially at Pentecost
A severe ordeal or test, especially an initial one, as in This audition would be Robert’s baptism of fire. This term transfers the original religious rite of baptism, whereby holiness is imparted, to various kinds of ordeal. At first it signified the death of martyrs at the stake, and in 19th-century France it was used for a soldier’s first experience of combat. Currently it is used more loosely for any difficult first encounter.
- Baptism of christ
baptism of christ Christ had to be formally inaugurated into the public discharge of his offices. For this purpose he came to John, who was the representative of the law and the prophets, that by him he might be introduced into his offices, and thus be publicly recognized as the Messiah of whose coming the […]
- Baptism, christian
baptism, christian an ordinance immediately instituted by Christ (Matt. 28:19, 20), and designed to be observed in the church, like that of the Supper, “till he come.” The words “baptize” and “baptism” are simply Greek words transferred into English. This was necessarily done by the translators of the Scriptures, for no literal translation could properly […]
- Baptism, john’s
baptism, john’s was not Christian baptism, nor was that which was practised by the disciples previous to our Lord’s crucifixion. Till then the New Testament economy did not exist. John’s baptism bound its subjects to repentance, and not to the faith of Christ. It was not administered in the name of the Trinity, and those […]
Ecclesiastical. a ceremonial immersion in water, or application of water, as an initiatory rite or sacrament of the Christian church. any similar ceremony or action of initiation, dedication, etc. a trying or purifying experience or initiation. Christian Science. purification of thought and character. Contemporary Examples In my church’s baptismal Covenant, we promise to respect the […]