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Justin Martyr

Writings of Justin MartyrJustin Martyr (100-165 AD) who was an Early Christian apologist began where the Christian life began. Christian baptism was the public declaration that a person had accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Justin explained, "We tell those who accept Christian teaching, and promise to live the Christian life, to pray and fast for forgiveness, we ourselves praying and fasting with them."

Washed in the Name

Waterway amongst the Trees"We then bring them where there is water, and they are born again, just as all we Christians have been. Washed in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as we learned from the Apostles. We then bring them to the place where the other Christians are assembled." When Christian buildings were later built, this idea was reflected in the notion of a separate building as a "Baptistry." Once a person had been baptized and only then was he or she allowed into the worship building "where other Christians are assembled" to join the rest of the believers. The famous "Leaning Tower of Pisa" in Italy was one of three structures together which include a round baptistry, a rectangular church and a tall bell tower.✞

Tertullian

TertullianAnother prolific early Christian author and church leader from Carthage in North Africa called Tertullian (160-220 AD) further explained the baptism ceremony in his area. "We all pray, for ourselves, for the newly baptized, and for others everywhere, asking God that, as we have learned the truth, we may now show by our deeds that we are good citizens and keepers of the commandments, and so we may be saved with eternal salvation. After the prayers, we greet each other as brothers." Tertullian, was a Roman lawyer born in Carthage in North Africa and became a Christian in 195 AD. As a lawyer, he had learned to choose vivid and persuasive words.

Tertullian Writing

Tertullian at Writing Desk IconTertullian later returned to Carthage and used this skill as a Christian teacher, presbyter, and writer. Tertullian always had something to say which made the hearer listen, think, and remember.✞

"Christian Baptism Ceremony"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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