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Baptism


Bap­tism accord­ing to A­ pos­tle Peter is the answer of a good con­science toward God (I Pet. 3:21).[1] He who has been bap­tized gives a vow to live the rest of his time accord­ing to a pure con­ sci­ence, accord­ing to the whole breadth of the Lord’s command­ ments, accept­ed in his con­science. Moral puri­ty is a char­ac­ter­is­tic of one who is bap­tized. The Apos­tle Paul com­pares the bright­ness of this life with the bright­ness of the resur­ rect­ed Lord. That like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glo­ry of the Father, even so we also should walk in new­ness of life (Rom. 6:4). In bap­tism, the old sin-lov­ing man dies and a new man aris­es, zeal­ous to do good works. Like­wise reck­on ye also your­selves, ye who are bap­tized, to be dead indeed unto sin but alive un­ to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin there­fore reign in your mor­tal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts there­of. Nei­ther yield ye your mem­bers as instru­ ments of unright­eous­ness unto sin: but yield your­selves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your mem­bers as instru­ments of right­eous­ness unto God. For sin shall not have domin­ion over you (Rom. 6:11–14).

[1]The Slavon­ic for I Pet. 3:21 reads: the promise of a good con­science to­ ward God

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse