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Sacrifice and worship of the Old Testament atonement people only externally, but the sacrifice of Christ sanctifies the faithful, “the truth” this time providing the actual sanctity of nations. By faith and baptism giving “anointing from the Holy”, Christians have a real participation in the life of the risen Christ. Hence the saints are living through the Holy Spirit in them – are “baptized in the Holy Spirit” [see: the dogma of the Trinity in Catholicism], in accordance with what is said, John the Baptist.
Luke 3, 16
16 John answered, saying unto all: “I indeed baptize you with water; but there shall come one mightier than I, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to loose. He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire;
[“While water signifies birth and the fruitfulness of life given in the Holy Spirit, fire symbolizes the transforming energy of the Holy Spirit’s actions.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 696)]
John 17, 19
19 And for them do I sanctify myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.
Acts 1, 5
5 For John indeed baptized with water: but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost, not many days hence.
Acts 11, 16
16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how that he said: John indeed baptized with water but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. Read the rest of this entry »