The Permanency of Baptism; The Limits of Sin

Philoxenus of Mabbug (d. 523AD) wrote about baptism:

“At the time of our baptism through God’s grace we received the Holy Spirit from the baptismal waters, but the purpose of our receiving him was not that he should sometimes remain with us and sometimes leave us, but that we should be temples for him, and that he should dwell within us continually; as Paul said: ‘You are the temple of God, and the Spirit of God dwells within you;’ (1 Cor 3:16) and again,  ‘Do you not recognize that your bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit who dwells within you, whom you received from God?  For you were bought for a great price, and consequently you should be praising God with your bodies and with your spirit, which all belong to God’ (1 Cor 6:19-20).  If then you are temples and shrines of God by reason of the Spirit of God dwelling within us, then no sin, whether it be by deed or by thought, can destroy the temple of God.  For sin that is committed by some action is quite different from the denial of God.  If then we sin through something we do, our faith in God remains unshaken, and we do not thereby lose our sonship to God. . . . It is the same now with us who are baptized: neither the wetness of the water in which we are baptized, nor the oiliness of the oil with which we are anointed, remain with us after death, but the Holy Spirit, who is mingled in our souls and bodies through the oil and the water, does remain with us, both in this life and after our death.  For he is our true baptism, and for this reason we remain always baptized, for the Holy Spirit is within us always, and no sin can strip us of our baptism – neither adultery, nor theft, nor fornication, nor false testimony nor any action of this sort: only the denial of God and consorting with demons can do this, for in such cases the Holy Spirit really does depart, for he does not consent to remain in a place where Satan dwells.   ‘For what fellowship does Christ have with Satan or the believer with the unbeliever, or God’s temple with that of demons?’ (2 Cor 6:14) . . . denial of God is not just a sin; it is open revolt against his dominion; it is a state of hostility that wages open war with him.”  (THE SYRIAC FATHERS ON PRAYER AND THE SPIRITUAL LIFE, pp 107-108, 112-113)

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4 Responses to The Permanency of Baptism; The Limits of Sin

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  2. This is truely beautiful. Thankyou.

  3. Reblogged this on Pelican In The Wilderness and commented:
    The Holy Spirit is with us always…a beautiful post on baptism and its gift of grace.

  4. mike says:

    ” then no sin, whether it be by deed or by thought, can destroy the temple of God. For sin that is committed by some action is quite different from the denial of God. If then we sin through something we do, our faith in God remains unshaken, and we do not thereby lose our sonship to God “. . .
    I needed to hear this… and im thinking just now of all the other people who need to hear it as well…..

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