Passages and quotes
related to baptism
“The wise man will seek out the wisdom of all the ancients,
and will be occupied in the prophets...”
Ecclesiastes 39: 1-5
John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but
One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to
loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His
winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His
threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff
He will burn with unquenchable fire.”
‘Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the
he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh
flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit’” (John 3:5)
"And with reason; for as we are all from earth and die in Adam, so
being regenerated from above of water and Spirit, in the Christ we
are all quickened." Athanasius, Discourse Against the Arians, III:33
"The baptized when they come up are sanctified;--the sealed when
they go down are pardoned.---They who come up have put on
glory;--they who go down have cast off sin." Ephraim Syrus, Hymns
for the Feast of the Epiphany, 6:9 (ante A.D. 373).
“It is the Spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail; the
words that I have
spoken to you are Spirit and Life” (John 7:63)
“of His fullness have we all received, grace upon grace” (John
Ireneaus (130-200): "As we are lepers in sin, we are made clean from
our old transgressions by means of the sacred water and the
invocation of the Lord. We are thus spiritually regenerated as
newborn infants, even as the Lord has declared: 'Except a man be
born again through water and the Spirit, he shall not enter into the
kingdom of heaven.' " 4 The "invocation of the Lord" may refer to
the phrase "Jesus is Lord" which the initiate said during baptism."
Bishop Cyprian of Carthage (200-258): "But later, by the help of the
water of new birth, the stain of former years was washed away, and a
light from above -- serene and pure -- was infused into my
reconciled heart. Then through the Spirit breathed from heaven, a
second birth restored me to a new man."
For 'the Spirit breathes where He wills, and thou hearest His voice,
but canst not tell whence He cometh or whither He goeth.' He blesses
the body that is baptized, and the water that baptizes. Despise not,
therefore, the Divine laver, nor think lightly of it, as a common
thing, on account of the use of water. For the power that operates
is mighty, and wonderful are the things that are wrought thereby.”
Gregory of Nyssa, On the Baptism of Christ (ante A.D. 394).
“Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all the nations.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved” (St. Mark 16: 16).
“Unless you are born of water and the spirit you cannot enter into
the Kingdom of Heaven” (St. John 3:3, 5).
“Baptism now saves you” (1 Peter 3:21).
“As many as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Gal.
"Weep for the unbelievers; weep for those who differ in nowise from
them, those who depart hence without the illumination [baptism],
without the seal! They indeed deserve our wailing, they deserve our
groans; they are outside the Palace, with the culprits, with the
condemned: for, 'Verily I say unto you, Except a man be born of
water and the Spirit, he shall not enter into the kingdom of
Heaven.' Mourn for those who have died in wealth, and did not from
their wealth think of any solace for their soul, who had power to
wash away their sins and would not."
John Chrysostom, Homily on Philippians, 3:24 (A.D. 404).
"Time would fail me were I to try to lay before you in order all the
passages in the Holy Scriptures which relate to the efficacy of
baptism or to explain the mysterious doctrine of that second birth
which though it is our second is yet our first in Christ."
Jerome, To Oceanus, 69:7 (A.D. 397).
“All of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been
baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him
through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from
the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in
newness of life” (Rom. 6:3-4).
"Moreover, from the time when He said, 'Except a man be born of
water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of
heaven;' and again, 'He that loseth his life for my sake shall find
it; ' no one becomes a member of Christ except it be either by
baptism in Christ, or death for Christ." Augustine, On the Soul and
its Origin, 1:10:9 (A.D. 419).
"One generation and another generation; the generation by which we
are made the faithful, and are born again by baptism; the generation
by which we shall rise again from the dead, and shall live with the
Angels for ever." Augustine, Psalms,135:11 (A.D. 433).
"And each one is a partaker of this spiritual origin in
regeneration; and to every one when he is re-born, the water of
baptism is like the Virgin's womb; for the same Holy Spirit fills
the font, Who filled the Virgin, that the sin, which that sacred
conception overthrew, may be taken away by this mystical washing."
Leo the Great (regn. A.D. 440-461), Sermon 24:3 (ante A.D. 461).
"Moreover, the things proceeding from the waters were blessed by
God, that this also might be a sign of men's being destined to
receive repentance and remission of sins, through the water and
laver of regeneration,--as many as come to the truth, and are born
again, and receive blessing from God." Theopilus of Antioch, To
Autolycus, 2:16 (A.D. 181).
New Testament references to baptism occur in the following verses:
Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:8; John 3:5, 13:10; Acts 1:5, 2:38, 8:16,
19:5; Rom. 6:3; Gal. 3:27; Eph. 4:5; I Cor. 1:13-15; I Pet. 3:21;
Heb. 10:22; 6:2.