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Baptism of Fire
Fire Baptism
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Baptism of Fire
Baptism of Fire. Metaphor coined by John the Baptist. John was looking for the coming of One who would “baptize in Spirit and fire” (Mt 3:11; Lk 3:16). The context makes clear that fire in that phrase denotes judgment, a judgment that would presumably purify the penitent (cf. Is 4:4; Mal 3:2, 3) as well
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Baptism of Fire
Baptism of Fire [GK. (baptísei) en (pneúmati hagíō̧ kaí) pyrí]. This expression is found in Mt. 3:11 and Lk. 3:16. Two explanations are advanced. The first is that these are two different baptisms, the one of life (the spirit) and the other of judgment (fire). Arguments for this view are (1) that
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Baptism of Fire
BAPTISM OF FIRE* Metaphor coined by John the Baptist. John was looking for the coming of One who would “baptize in Spirit and fire” (Mt 3:11; Lk 3:16). The context makes clear that fire in that phrase denotes judgment, a judgment that would presumably purify the penitent (cf. Is 4:4; Mal 3:2–3) as well
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Baptism of Fire
BAPTISM OF FIRE. In announcing the baptism of the Spirit, John the Baptist twice declared that Christ would also baptize with fire. Having said that, he immediately mentioned the judgment by which the Saviour “… will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire” (Mt 3:11–12; Lk 3:16–17) The “baptism of fire”
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Baptism of Fire
BAPTISM OF FIRE. It is clear from the immediate context of this reference (Matt. 3:9–12; Luke 3:16–17) and from the general testimony of Scripture, that this baptism of fire is connected with judgment at the second advent of Christ as the baptism with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5 with 11:16) is connected
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Baptism of Fire
BAPTISM OF FIRE — a concept used by John the Baptist to describe the work of Christ: “He [Christ] will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Matt. 3:11; Luke 3:16). Some scholars believe that two different baptisms are mentioned here: “the baptism of the Holy Spirit” (the baptism that brings mercy,
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BAPTISM OF FIRE
BAPTISM OF FIRE([ἐν πνεύματι ἁγιω̦ καὶ πυρί, en pneumati hagio kai puri]): This expression is used in Matthew 3:11. The copulative [καὶ, kai] requires that the baptism “in the Holy Ghost and in fire,” should be regarded as one and the same thing. It does violence to the construction, therefore,
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Baptism of Fire
BAPTISM OF FIRE Central to the message of John the Baptist was the teaching that the Messiah whose coming he announced would also baptize but in a manner that superceded John’s baptism. The Messiah would baptize “with [or “in”; the Greek can be translated either way] the Holy Spirit (Mark 1:8; John 1:33;
A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs: A Reference Guide to More than 700 Topics Discussed by the Early Church Fathers
Baptism of Fire
BAPTISM OF FIREOne mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. Luke 3:16.True and stable faith is baptized with water, unto salvation. Pretended and weak faith is baptized with fire, unto judgment. Tertullian (c. 198,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Baptism of Fire
BAPTISM OF FIRE (ἐν πνεύματι ἁγίῳ καὶ πυρί, en pneúmati hagíkō kai purí): This expression is used in Mt 3:11. The copulative καὶ requires that the baptism “in the Holy Ghost and in fire,” should be regarded as one and the same thing. It does violence to the construction, therefore, to make this
Key passages
Mt 3:11

I baptize you with water for repentance, but the one who comes after me is more powerful than I am, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Lk 3:16

John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but the one who is more powerful than I am is coming, of whom I am not worthy to untie the strap of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.