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694 Water. The symbolism of water signifies the Holy Spirit's action in Baptism, since after the invocation of the Holy Spirit it becomes the efficacious sacramental sign of new birth: just as the gestation of our first birth took place in water, so the water of Baptism truly signifies that our birth into the divine life is given to us in the Holy Spirit. As "by one Spirit we were all baptized," so we are also "made to drink of one Spirit." 27 Thus the Spirit is also personally the living water welling up from Christ crucified 28 as its source and welling up in us to eternal life. 29

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PART ONE: THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

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SECTION TWO: THE PROFESSION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

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CHAPTER THREE: I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

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ARTICLE 8: "I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT"

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I. THE JOINT MISSION OF THE SON AND THE SPIRIT

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27 I Cor 12:13.

28 Jn 19:34; I Jn 5:8.

29 Cf. Jn 4:10-14; 738; Ex 17:1-6; Isa 55:1; Zech 14:8; I Cor 10:4; Rev 21:6; 22:17.

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