Study sets, textbooks, questions
Upgrade to remove ads
Water - baptism
Terms in this set (6)
Water is a symbol of the graces of baptism
Jesus chose water for Christian Baptism because all the things that people associate
with water help them to appreciate the graces of this sacrament.
Water sustains life: Baptism brings new life
Water is essential for life. Without water, human beings and other creatures and
forms of vegetation would die.
Also, water brings new life to deserts and dry soil after rains and flash floods. Some
of Australia's most beautiful wild flowers come to life and entire deserts are
transformed by floodwaters into places that teem with life.
The life-giving quality of water reminds all that, through Baptism, the Holy Spirit
comes to live in followers of Jesus. Early Christians spoke of a 'new creature',
someone totally new because, within them is the power of God to help them love.
Water cleanses: Baptism cleanses original sin
Human beings associate water with cleansing. Water used in Baptism reminds all
that, through this sacrament, God cleanses a person of original sin, the source of
human selfishness and weakness in the face of temptations to sin.
While original sin remains, none can relate closely with God. When God cleanses a
person of original sin through Baptism, they can relate closely to God. They can
know God's goodness and love in ways not previously possible.
Water is a symbol of freedom: Baptism frees from sin
To the early Christians, water was also a symbol of freedom from slavery. They
remembered the story of the people of Israel being freed from slavery in Egypt. This
was finally achieved when they escaped from the Egyptians through the Sea of
Reeds, and then its waters rejoined to destroy the Egyptian army. The water used in
Baptism reminds Christians that Baptism frees human beings from slavery to original
sin. They can find freedom from, for example:
• selfishness, that limits love
• hurts, that limit forgiveness
• bad habits, that limit the development of goodness.
Through Baptism, the Holy Spirit comes to live in the baptised person to help them
overcome the human weaknesses caused by original sin. The more that baptised people
try to overcome human weaknesses, the more they behave in 'holy' ways. They grow
closer to God who is 'holy'.
Water draws creatures together: Baptism draws people together
into the Church
Maps show that people tend to live near water. It is their need for water that draws
them together. Rivers, billabongs, creeks and pools also attract living things.
Different forms of vegetation grow near water, and creatures gather around sources
of water to drink.
The gathering character of water reminds followers of Jesus that the Holy Spirit,
received through Baptism, draws followers of Jesus together into the community of
Jesus or his Church.
One reason God planned the Church was to draw together people of every race and
culture. God wanted to increase world peace and justice. God also wanted to restore
harmony in societies as this community spread. It would be bound together by the
teachings of Jesus and the power of the Kingdom, both of which are stronger than
what divides people.
Water a symbol of God's faithfulness: Baptism graces will never be withdrawn
Water also had another meaning for the Jews. It reminded them that:
• God promised Abraham a land for his descendants
• God promised to free the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and lead them to this
• the Israelites crossed the water of the Jordan River and entered the land
promised them by God.
Water, therefore, came to symbolise God's faithfulness to promises. For Christians,
the water of Baptism reminds them that none of the graces of Baptism will ever be
withdrawn by God.
Sets with similar terms
Brother John Test 1
Religion period 3 semester 1 exam vocab RADO
Junior Sacraments Ch. 3
Other sets by this creator
The 7 gifts of Spirit
The ritual actions of Baptism and graces symbolised
More stuff on baptism
Term 4 Religion Definitions Mr Gravestock
Other Quizlet sets
US History Chapter 14 part 1
Bonus Week A
Biology Chapt. 7 Lecture Quiz #3 (Study review)