The Christian concept of illumination or enlightenment would result from being Baptized by the Heavenly Fire that is also known as the Light, Holy Fire, and Spirit. We learn that God is associated with this Light when he called into being on the first of the six days of creation, “Let there be light;” and there was light” and the word of God is “a light” (Psalm 119:105) and he is known as “the Father of lights” (James 1:17).
The creation of light was the first step in creation and throughout the Scripture, Fire is used to symbolize this Fire via the heavenly Father’s presence (Ex. 3:2), approval (Lev. 9:24), protection (Ex. 13:21), purity (Isa. 6:1-8), enablement (Acts 2:3), and, even judgment, for “Our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:29)
It was through this sphere of Light agency that God brought humans illumination. This was performed by what is called “Baptism or Baptizing.”
Early Church Baptism is frequently described as “illumination” and there are many passages that describe being connected to God via the Light as being like a candle in the dark leading the initiate as we read in Job 29:3, “When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness,” or a special light that allows us to see the Light and connect to it for it is the “fountain of life.” (Psalm 36:9)
This Baptism of Light or Fire from God had a direct force upon their organs of sight in which the world that was once dark is now rendered visible or luminous due to the new power of our perception via the spiritual vision. In this sense, God becomes the second sun, a star, a candle, a lighthouse, etc., who illumines the mind (spiritual illumination) of humans which is special knowledge (Gnosis), and information that equates to enlightenment.
This is why Christ, who was called the “Son of God” was also known as a fire-starter for he comes “like the fire of a furnace…, like one that smelts and purifies as silver and as gold.” (Malachi 3:2-3) He is the “Sun of righteousness,” and “the light of the world,” (John 1:9 8:12) and he came to baptize with the Holy Spirit and with Fire (Mt. 3. 11 Lk. 3. 16), and Christ once said, “I came to cast fire upon the earth and how I wish it were already kindled.” (Lk. 12. 29) John the Baptist was a “burning and a shining light” (John 5:35), and of all true disciples are called “the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14).
Hence, True Christians are also considered lights because they are connected to God, which as a result, they become in communion with the Holy Spirit as Sons and Daughters of God and heaven, which is full of Light. (Revelation 21:23-25)
When we baptize, this means to immerse something or someone into some type of fluid, substance, or thing. For example, when a person is accepted into the Catholic and Christian religion as a new member of the Church, an ancient ceremony of initiation is performed in which they are “baptized” by water to signify a type of spiritual cleansing that figuratively washes away the old life and sins making them “newly born or risen” or what is sometimes called, “born again.”
John was called “John the Baptist” because he practiced water baptism to signify a person’s repentance from sin and committing their lives to God in which they are forgiven, and he was the person said to have baptized Jesus Christ. We read in Mark 1:4, “John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins and John tells us that One will come who is more powerful than him and his water baptism in Mark 1:7, “And he began to proclaim: “After me will come One more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.
We learn in Luke 3:16 that this powerful entity or person can baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with Fire which John claims is much greater than a baptism by water. John answered all of them: “I baptize you with water, but One more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with Fire.”
These people would have a special Gnosis or knowledge via the Heavenly Fire that they receive from above or what is called “The One who comes from above (Heaven) is above all.” This is considered God-given wisdom in which they are “Illuminated by the Holy Fire and Spirit.” If this heavenly Fire from above illumined you, I contend that you would be considered part of the wheat, Sons or Daughters of God, and a true Christian who uses their Gnosis, reason, and lives to bring Light into the world.
This “Baptism of Fire” should be the goal of every genuine Christian. When I say Baptism, this act is not performed by a priest, but by their help, an initiate begins to live their lives by the Christian precepts based on human logic, reasoning, understanding, and the common good of all humanity.
(1) God (The Source of Light/Fire/Jupiter which provides Phosphorus i.e., Human Consciousness)
(2) Christ (Son of God i.e., Idea of Perfected Human Consciousness – Vitruvian Man – Spirt Over Matter)
(3) Christians (Belief in God and Baptized in the Light to emulate the Son of God i.e., Idea of Perfected Human
(4) The Church (A communion of Teachers who assist believers to be Baptized into the Light/Fire/Phosphorus and Mind of God)
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