A-Z: General definitions: Baptism of Fire


John the Baptist announced that the coming Messiah would baptise with the Holy Spirit 'and with fire' (Matthew 3:11). When the disciples received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost 'tongues of fire' were said to have rested on their heads (Acts 2:1-4). The phrase came to be associated with periods of suffering and persecution.


Greek: Baptizo, 'to immerse' or 'dip'.

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Big ideas: Baptism; Trinity, Holy Spirit

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