How do you explain this teaching?
King James Version (KJV)
2Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
I say that this is a teaching on the Sacraments.
1. There is one Baptism. And that is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
2. There is one Sacrament of Baptism and that is by water and the Holy Spirit.
And in the Sacrament of Baptism, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is effected by water and the word.
Did you catch that? In #2, #1 is effected by the sign of water and the word of the Priest.
But every single Sacrament is a bath of sanctifying grace.
Every single Sacrament is a washing the soul by the Spirit of God.
Therefore, every single Sacrament is, by definition, a baptism of the Holy Spirit.
1129 The Church affirms that for believers the sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation. “Sacramental grace” is the grace of the Holy Spirit, given by Christ and proper to each sacrament. The Spirit heals and transforms those who receive him by conforming them to the Son of God. The fruit of the sacramental life is that the Spirit of adoption makes the faithful partakers in the divine nature by uniting them in a living union with the only Son, the Savior.
In every Sacrament, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is effected by one sign or another.
In Baptism, it is water.
In Confession, it is the Priestly absolution.
In Confirmation, it is the anointing of oil.
In Eucharist, it is the consuming of the Eucharist.
In Anointing of the Sick, it is again the anointing of oil.
In Matrimony, it is the oath of the bride and groom.
And in Ordination it is the laying of hands.
Or do you deny that in the Sacraments, one is washed in the grace of the Holy Spirit?