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Baptism is the Sign of New Spiritual Life

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:38-39)   Reflection: There were many baptismal pools around the temple of Jerusalem that were used for ritual cleansing as people went…

Spiritual Gifts – 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different activities, but the same God works all of them in each person. A manifestation of the Spirit is given to each person for the common good: to one is given a message of wisdom through the Spirit, to another, a message of knowledge by the same Spirit, to another, faith by the same Spirit, to another, gifts of healing…

Spiritual Wisdom – 1 Corinthians 2:12-15

Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God. We also speak these things, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. But the person without the Spirit does not receive what comes from God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able…

The Fruit of the Spirit – Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)   Reflection: The Holy Spirit not only carries the knowledge of God but the character of God as well. When the Holy Spirit begins to reside within us, we will begin to grow into God’s likeness. The attributes of God are called “the fruit of the Spirit,” and they are available to everyone who…