What is the Catholic teaching on Mark 1:4 for example. Did John’s baptism forgive sins in a similar way before Jesus’ death as Baptism did after His death? Or are the two different? Thanks
John’s baptism was not the same baptism the Church performs today. John called people to repentance and to symbolize that repentance through the washing of water, but the sacramental baptism of Jesus is “from above” and is both water and Spirit and is a rite of Christian initiation. The sacrament of baptism performed by the Church really began at Pentecost, it truly washes away sin, and conforms the baptized to Christ, particularly bringing the Christian into Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, and allows the to rise up a new and regenerated person.
Thank you for your answer. I have a question. Where can we find that baptism washes away sin? Just curious and searching. Thanks!
Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. - Romans 6:4
How can we rise with Christ at this point if sin had not been washed away…