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Lecture 12

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Lecture 12 SOC250 ...Converts were said to be awakened and reborn, a transformative redemption that secured an immediate bestowal or charis or grace and the promise of eternal salvation. Spiritual rebirth was achieved through Baptism, a sacred ceremonial that functioned as a ritual of initiation, rite or purification (washing away all prior sins), also also as a means of spiritual reconstitution, empowerment. Miraculously restored to purity the washing of regeneration (loutrou palingenesias), the believer is infused with the Holy Spirit of God, a gift or endowment that constitutes not only a pledge of future deliverance from death, but also an instalment of grace and power that enables the Christian to live in the newness of a spiritual life. Through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, the believer experiences love of God and the attending joys and power of faith, as expressed in virtuous moral conduct, altruistic solidarity with co- believers, and in ecstatic manifestations of grace (like speaking in tongues). As celebrated in the discourse of conversation, passage through baptis
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